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

GLOW WILD at Jester Park on September 4th

We have a very special event planned for you and your family on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend from 6-10 p.m. at Jester Park. 'Glow Wild' will consist of an ev…

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

Saturday, September 03, 2016Music in the Park

Join us for Music in the Park on Labor Day Weekend with Tropical Steel. This Caribbean Steel Band has been performing their “sweet island sounds” since 1997. Let them sweep you off to the islands with their collection of energetic and soothing sound of Caribbean and Latin music featuring...

Sunday, September 04, 2016Glow Wild

Come ‘Glow Wild’ with your family on Sunday, September 4th at Jester Park from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Enjoy pony rides, live music, night hikes and a kids’ prairie maze. Learn about bats, owls, and the stars plus children will make their own art and craft activity. Enjoy beverages, food a...

Tuesday, September 06, 2016OWLS - Camp Dodge

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, September 06, 2016Practical Conservationist - Canceled

Are you a person that loves being outdoors and/or feels a real connection with the natural world? Do you try to enhance your property in the name of conservation? Do you want to understand the inner workings of our environment in greater depth, perhaps so you can employ more conservation practices? ...

Tuesday, September 06, 2016Monarch Tagging

Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We’ll talk about why monarch butterflies are “tagged” and even try tagging a few!

Wednesday, September 07, 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...

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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