Polk County Conservation

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

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

Park improvements to enhance recreation areas and wildlife habitat continue. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Park of the Season: Yellow Banks. Stand atop high bluffs overlooking the Des Moines River and take in some of the most outstanding scenery in central Iowa this fall season!

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming field days and events.

The Jester Park Equestrian Center is full of year-round activities and events. Keep updated on all 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

Now Hiring Conservation Corps Field Crew Leader and Field Crew Member Positions

The Conservation Corps of Iowa and Minnesota is now accepting applications for the 2017 Field Crew AmeriCorps positions. The Polk County Conservation Board will…

The Latest Nature News Is Now Available

The newest edition of Polk County Conservation's Nature News is now available. Keep up-to-date on what is going on in our family of parks and trails as well as …

Campground Shower Houses Closing for the Season the Week of November 14

Campground shower houses at Jester Park, Thomas Mitchell Park, Yellow Banks Park, and Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt will be turned off the week of November 14th. …

Fall Prescribed Burns

Polk County Conservation has been issued a permit to conduct prescribed burns at Easter Lake Park, Fort Des Moines Park, Jester Park, Thomas Mitchell Park, Yell…

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 06, 2016OWLS - Bobcats and Large Carnivores

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors 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 Pa...

Saturday, December 10, 2016Invasive Species Roundup

Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. Meet us at 9:45 a.m. All supplies are provided. Dress for the weather and bring appropriate shoes or boots and a water bottle. To volunteer for this event, please contact Pat Spain at (515) 323-5280 o...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016Animal Winter Survival

How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive through a long cold Iowa winter.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016Animal Winter Survival

How do animals survive the winter? Learn about the different strategies animals use to survive through a long cold Iowa winter.

Thursday, December 29, 2016Tricky Tracks

Have you seen all of the animals that live in the woods or in your neighborhood? Come to this program and you’ll learn how to identify the signs that animals leave behind.

Thursday, December 29, 2016Tricky Tracks

Have you seen all of the animals that live in the woods or in your neighborhood? Come to this program and you’ll learn how to identify the signs that animals leave behind.

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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