Polk County Conservation

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

Polk County Conservation offers many volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups alike. Check our calendar of events for upcoming field days and events.

The 2014 camping season is now open. Make your site reservations by visiting www.mycountyparks.com

New firewood regulations have been implemented in our parks. See our Firewood Quick Link below.

Make your cabin reservations today! Visit www.mycountyparks.com for further details.

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

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

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

Flooding Closures

Due to high lake water level, several areas will remain closed until further notice.

Jester Park:

  • Campgrounds #3 & #6,
  • Camground #2 (opening by 7/2…

Jester Park Summer Amphitheater Concert Series

The 2014 Music in the Park summer amphitheater concert series at Jester Park will take place every Saturday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Jester Park Amph…

Park and Trail Construction Updates

Great Western Trail

The Great Western Trail will be CLOSED to the public from August 11-15 to complete a construction project in the Old Army Post Road are…

Pledge Your Support for the Jester Park Conservation Center

Dear Friend of Polk County Conservation,

Please help us complete one of the most exciting and powerful projects to benefit Greater Des Moines for many gener…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 02, 2014Music in the Park

Join us for Music in the Park with Brian Joens for some folk, rock, and country music. Click here to learn more about Brian Joens. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to sit on.

Sunday, August 03, 2014Carney Marsh Restoration

A crew of DMACC Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering on the first Sunday of every month at Carney Marsh. Be a part of this restoration effort by coming along. We will be removing undergrowth and invasive species. No experience is necessary, and equipment is provide...

Monday, August 04, 2014Nature Friends - Turtle Talk

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. The program is sponsored by Des Moines Izaak Walton League and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Fee $7, ...

Tuesday, August 05, 2014OWLS - Plant. Grow. Fly.

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 Par...

Tuesday, August 05, 2014Reptiles

Come and learn about Iowa's reptiles. We'll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014Pond Study

Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided.

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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