Polk County Conservation

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

Park of the Month: Fort Des Moines. Ft. DM is home to a deep 14-acre lake, arboretum and mile-long trail that winds through a tapestry of sunlight, shadows and greenery.

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

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 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

Labor Day Weekend Announcements

The Yellow Banks Park boat ramp will be closed indefinitely until siltation can be removed. Reoccuring flooding has deposited excessive silt on the boat ramp ma…

Plant Some Shade with the Great Outdoors Foundation and MidAmerican Energy

Residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company can reduce future energy use, landscape their homes and green up their communities this fall through the Pla…

Summer Countdown: Top 10 Things to Do in Your County Parks

The days are muggier and buggier as the smell of fried food on a stick fills the air. This can only mean one thing in Iowa - the beginning of the end of yet ano…

Jester Park Lodge Guest Services Management RFP

Beginning on July 8th, 2015, interested parties can obtain a request for proposal for Guest Services Management (Bookings and Catering) at the Jester Park Lodge…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 05, 2015Music in the Park

The Big Joe Kinser band are purveyors of musical adventures in the realms of Western Swing, Outlaw & alt Country, Honky Tonk and Southern Rock. Powered by guitar, bass, drums, piano and fiddle the band will take you on an uptempo ride through old favorites and newer classics by everyone from Bob...

Tuesday, September 08, 2015Chichaqua Master Plan Open House

The public is invited to an Open House to view and provide input on concepts and ideas associated with master planning for Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. A brief presentation of the plan will take place at 7:00 p.m. The format for the evening will be that of an Open House.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015Polk County Conservation Board Meeting

The five members of the Polk County Conservation Board meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Board meetings, which are open to the public, are held at the Polk County Administration Building at 2nd Avenue and Court Avenue in downtown Des Moines. Click here to see the current agenda...

Wednesday, September 09, 2015Monarch Tagging

Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate back to their winter home in Mexico. Come prepared to move around and have some fun! Extra parking available at Shelter #6...

Friday, September 11, 2015Stargazing

Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes.

Monday, September 14, 2015Nature Friends - Migration Sensation

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...

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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