Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see summer 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: Thomas Mitchell. Visit this beautiful 179-acre countryside park just south of Mitchellville. Camping, fishing, hiking and much more await you this summer!

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

Students to Help Polk County Conservation Convert Grain Bins to Welcome Station

Iowa’s agricultural heritage is not often celebrated through our public lands - but that changes next month with the arrival in Polk County of a group of gradua…

We Need Your Support for the Jester Park Nature Center!

Jester Park Nature Center will serve as one of Iowa's leading nature centers as well as a gateway to experience our state's natural environment. It will serve a…

Relaxed Fishing Regulations Begin at Easter Lake on June 1st.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Easter Lake in Polk County starting on June 1st, 2016, to allow anglers to more freel…

Polk County Geocaching Parks Challenge

To celebrate Polk County Conservation's 60th Anniversary in 2016, we are kicking off a Geocaching Parks Challenge! We want to encourage you to get outside and e…

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 03, 2016Nature Friends - Turning Trees & Falling Leaves

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. Fee: $7/program. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a ...

Tuesday, October 04, 2016OWLS - Brenton Arboretum

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...

Tuesday, October 04, 2016Superhero Spiders

Either you love them or hate them, spiders tend to evoke a strong response in many people. Come learn about these fascinating animals and how they perform superhero-like feats!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016Happy Hour Harvest

Join Polk County Conservation on the first Wednesday of each month on the Chichaqua prairie. We will be collecting seed from plants ready to harvest throughout the summer and fall. We will gather afterwards to cool down and relax with drink, appetizer and dinner specials Founders Irish Pub in Bondur...

Thursday, October 06, 2016Foraging for Mushrooms

This program will cover proper Identification of your most basic edible mushrooms of Iowa. We will also focus on what time of year to start looking for specific species of Mushrooms. Proper meal preparation will be discussed and recipes will be shared. Once the informational aspect of the program is...

Saturday, October 08, 2016Fall Hike

Come enjoy the season! A naturalist will lead a nature hike through the woods and explain the brilliance of fall colors.

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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