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

Fishing at Fort Des Moines to Reopen

The fishery at Fort Des Moines Park has been restored following pond restoration efforts to improve water quality and long-term sustainability of fishing. Pleas…

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…

May - August 2015 Nature News Just Released!

Click here to view the newly released May - August 2015 Nature News newsletter. This newsletter highlights the latest Conservation news, events, and stories.

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 01, 2015Nature Friends - Fishing

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...

Tuesday, June 02, 2015OWLS - Why Plant Native in Butterfly Gardens

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, June 02, 2015Design your own Butterfly Garden

In this hands on workshop, you will learn how to select native plants for the garden, design a planting map for your butterfly garden, and learn native plant garden management strategies that helps keep your neighbors happy with the results. We will also be providing free pollinator friendly plants!...

Tuesday, June 02, 2015Kayak Basics

Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water. All equipment is provided. Pre-registration required; deadline is May 29. Minimum age 14. Fee: $10. To register, c...

Wednesday, June 03, 2015Nature's Story Hour - Birding Bonanza

Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.

Thursday, June 04, 2015Dog Days

With the dog days of summer just around the corner, come to the park to enjoy food and activities with your favorite furry friend. The evening will include games, contests and food all which can be enjoyed with your dog. Prizes will be awarded to the dog with the best costume, voice, and kisser as w...

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

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

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