Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see spring at its finest.

Park of the Month - Brown's Woods. Hit the trails through a canopy of oak and hickory trees at Iowa's largest urban forest preserve!

Check out the PCC calendar of events for a variety of activities and programs this spring!

Wells Fargo volunteers lending a hand in our county parks. Check the calendar of events for upcoming volunteer field days and events.

Park improvements are taking place throughout the county. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

The Jester Park Equestrian Center is gearing up for summer. Keep updated on all events and things to do by visiting www.polkcountyiowa.gov/equestriancenter

The Polk County Conservation Board’s mission is to provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and long term protection of Polk County’s natural heritage.

Leading You Outdoors

News & Announcements

Jester Park Lodge Guest Services Management RFP

Beginning on July 8th, 2015, interested parties can obtain a request for proposal for Guest Services Management (Bookings and Catering) at the Jester Park Lodge…

Flood Closing Information

The following areas are closed due to high water associated with local flooding. Yellow Banks Park Boat Ramp Gay Lea Wilson Trail (south of Berwick) Jester Par…

Phase II of the Mark C. Ackelson Trail is Now Open

Phase II of the circumferential trail around Easter Lake Park and through Ewing Park is now complete and open to the public. This section of the Mark C. Ackelso…

Easter Lake Life Jacket Loan Program

Keep it fun and safe out on the water this summer! Opening Memorial Weekend, life jackets will be available at the Easter Lake Beach. The public is welcome to u…

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 06, 2015 - Thursday, July 09, 2015Discovery Camp - FULL

July 6-9 9:00-11:00 a.m. Ages: 6-7 years This camp is all about animals! Learn about the basic animal groups: insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. There will be plenty of games, live animals, snacks, and more! • Fee: $60 • Registration deadline is June 29 •...

Tuesday, July 07, 2015JP Summer Skills - Archery

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join Polk County Conservation naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Geared for youth 10-16 years old. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be pro...

Tuesday, July 07, 2015OWLS - Grass Between the Rails

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, enjoy a good meal, and learn about the exciting world of nature? Then join us! These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month. The nature program will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Jester Park Lodge. An optional luncheon fol...

Tuesday, July 07, 2015Creek Walk

Take a walk and cool off as we explore and investigate life in an Iowa stream. Participants need to wear old clothes and shoes that are secure (no flip-flops) and can get wet. Minimum age 5.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015Nature Friends - Woodland Walk

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds with an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Fee: $7/program. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five diffe...

Wednesday, July 08, 2015EL Summer Skills - Canoeing

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join Polk County Conservation naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Geared for youth 10-16 years old. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be pro...

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar.

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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