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

Easter Lake Beach Closed for the Season

The Easter Lake Beach has been closed for the season due to flooding that is unsafe for park users. The beach will re-open on Memorial Day Weekend in 2015.

Dennis Parker Retires as PCC Director

Polk County Conservation Board, at their August 20, 2014, board meeting approved the retirement request of Director, Dennis Parker. Mr. Parker has been the Dir…

September - December Nature News Hot Off The Press!

The September - December 2014 Nature News newsletter has just been released. Inside, it shares information and photos about current projects and upcoming progr…

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…

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 02, 2014OWLS - Wildlife Dynamics on Isle Royale

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 P...

Tuesday, September 02, 2014Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

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Friday, September 05, 2014Wild Night Life & Hike

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Sunday, September 07, 2014Volunteer Appreciation Paddle & Picnic

What would we do without our amazing team of volunteers?! Last year alone, 14,000 hours were put into conservation efforts in Polk County. From Trail Ambassadors to Park Stewards, Bluebird Trail Monitors to Boy Scounts, the thousands upon thousands of hours put into our parks and trails deserves to ...

Monday, September 08, 2014Nature Friends - Tyke Hike

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, September 16, 2014Tacopocalypse Trash Challenge

Join Polk and Warren County Conservation along with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation in this unique twist on Taco Tuesday. Hop on the Great Western Trail southbound toward Cumming, IA stopping along the way to partake in trail cleanup and prairie seed collection. The first one hundred riders wil...

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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