Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see spring 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 spring!

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

Fort Des Moines Park Closed the Weeks of July 11th and July 18th

Park improvements at Fort Des Moines Park are taking shape nicely. The majority of the paving work will take place the weeks of July 11th and July 18th. During …

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, July 02, 2016Music in the Park

Join us for Music in the Park with Dance of a ParrottHead, Midwest’s premier Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Featuring all of Jimmy’s biggest hits throughout the years like Cheeseburger In Paradise, Come Monday, Fins, and a certain song about Margaritas! Enjoy an evening of singing and danci...

Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - Friday, July 08, 2016Discovery Camp - Ages 6-7 years

This camp is all about animals! Learn about the basic animal groups: insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. There will be plenty of games, live animals, snacks, and more! This camp is designed for 6-7 year olds. Fee: $125 Registration deadline is June 17 Limited to 12 campers...

Tuesday, July 05, 2016OWLS - Barn Owls

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...

Wednesday, July 06, 2016Nature Playdate - Creek Walk

Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.  Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. We may be hiking, discovering life in a log or playing in the creek. This is a morning o...

Wednesday, July 06, 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, July 07, 2016Stand Up Paddling

Come on out and explore the pond at Thomas Mitchell on a paddle board! Stand up paddling is the fastest growing sport in America. Why? Because it’s easy to learn, tons of fun, and can be done on almost any body of water. Instruction and equipment provided. Sign-up for the 6:00 or 7:00 class. P...

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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