Polk County Conservation

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

Join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Chichaqua Valley Trail on April 25th! Details available below in News and Announcements.

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

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 gearing up for wamer weather ahead. Keep updated on all events and 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

2015 Camping Season

Campgrounds are now open for the 2015 season. Water services to all parks and campgrounds will be turned on by Wednesday, April 15th.

May - August 2015 Nature News Just Released!

Click here to view the newly released May - August 2015 Nature News newsletter. This newsletter highlights the latest Conservation news, events, and stories.

Chichaqua Valley Trail Grand Opening Celebration

Join us April 25th for 25 miles of fun along the Chichaqua Valley Trail as we celebrate the completion of the connection to the Gay Lea Wilson Trail through Ber…

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 24, 2015 - Sunday, April 26, 2015Weekend Backpacking Trip

Always wanted to try backpacking, but may not have the gear or know where to go? Then join us as we explore the wooded bluffs and valleys of Yellow River State Forest in northeast Iowa. Yellow River State Forest’s backpacking trails were featured in “Outside” magazine as the best p...

Sunday, April 26, 2015Trail Tune-up Clinic

Warm weather is almost here. Join us at the Jester Park Equestrian Center for a trail tune-up clinic and be ready to get out on the trails this summer! Clinic is by reservation, and will include mounted activities both in the arena and on the trails. To include despooking, common trail issues, trail...

Sunday, April 26, 2015Carney Marsh Restoration

A crew of DMACC Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering one Sunday each month at Carney Marsh. Be a part of this restoration effort by coming along. We will be removing undergrowth and invasive species. No experience is necessary, and equipment is provided. Dress for ...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015Step Back in Time Bus Trip - FULL

Step back in time as we visit the Amish and Mennonite community in Jamesport, Missouri. Antiques stores, quilt store, Amish bakery, bulk food grocery store and a quality furniture store are just of few of the places we will visit.  A luncheon buffet will be served at the Gingerich Dutch Pantry....

Saturday, May 02, 2015Create an Edible Landscape

Would you like to learn how to create beautiful, low-maintenance urban landscapes that: •        Yield an abundance of organic food •        Build soil •        Prevent erosion ...

Saturday, May 02, 2015Fishing Basics

Learn the basics of fishing and have an opportunity to try and catch some fish from the shore of Easter Lake. Anyone over the age of 16 will need a 2015 Iowa fishing license. Bait and poles will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own pole if you have one. Bring something to sit on. ...

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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