Polk County Conservation

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

Join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Chichaqua Valley Trail on April 25th! Details available below in News and Announcements.

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 wamer weather ahead. 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

2015 Camping Season

Campgrounds are now open for the 2015 season. Water services to all parks and campgrounds will be turned on by Wednesday, April 15th.

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.

Chichaqua Valley Trail Grand Opening Celebration

Join us April 25th for 25 miles of fun along the Chichaqua Valley Trail as we celebrate the completion of the connection to the Gay Lea Wilson Trail through Ber…

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 28, 2015Step Back in Time Bus Trip - FULL

Step back in time as we visit the Amish and Mennonite community in Jamesport, Missouri. Antiques stores, quilt store, Amish bakery, bulk food grocery store and a quality furniture store are just of few of the places we will visit.  A luncheon buffet will be served at the Gingerich Dutch Pantry....

Saturday, May 02, 2015Create an Edible Landscape

Would you like to learn how to create beautiful, low-maintenance urban landscapes that: •        Yield an abundance of organic food •        Build soil •        Prevent erosion ...

Saturday, May 02, 2015Fishing Basics

Learn the basics of fishing and have an opportunity to try and catch some fish from the shore of Easter Lake. Anyone over the age of 16 will need a 2015 Iowa fishing license. Bait and poles will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own pole if you have one. Bring something to sit on. ...

Monday, May 04, 2015Nature Friends - Planting a Rainbow

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, May 05, 2015OWLS - Floating Through History

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, May 05, 2015Bees of Iowa

State Apiarist, Andrew Joseph, will talk about what is happening in Iowa with honey bees and their beekeepers. Andrew will discuss exactly what a honey bee colony is and what they do. He will also cover the role of a beekeeper and the basics of getting started off right with beekeeping. This is part...

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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