Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see winter 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: Jester Park. Visit this beautiful countryside park with more than 8 miles of trails to explore this winter by cross country skis, snowshoes and snowmobile.

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

Ski Trail Grooming Updates

Ski trails at Jester Park have been groomed. Conditions are not ideal, but trails are open.

Reconnecting Individuals To The Outdoors Mentorship Program

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is partnering with Polk County Conservation to offer a yearlong program in 2016 that will focus on reconnecting indiv…

Fort Des Moines Park Improvements

An updated flyer with detailed park enhancement descriptions, map and timeline for Fort Des Moines Park is now available to view by clicking here. Major constru…

Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Master Plan Approved on 12/9/15

The Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Master Plan was approved by the Polk County Conservation Board at their December 9th, 2015 meeting. View the plan here.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 13, 2016Snowshoe Hike - FULL

Learn how easy and fun snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors. Wear warm waterproof boots. Class will be canceled without snow. Pre-registration required, deadline is February 10. Minimum age 6. Fee: $5 (includes snowshoes.) To be added to the waiting list, click here.

Saturday, February 13, 2016Indoor Kayaking - FULL

Got a case of cabin fever? Let’s go kayaking on a cold winter day! Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist in the comfort of a heated indoor pool. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, self rescues, and have a chance to practice skills on...

Thursday, February 18, 2016Indoor Archery

This class will focus on form and safety, giving students basics that will get them safely shooting, and offer a general feel for archery. The class will cover eye dominance, archery safety rules, range rules, equipment, and proper shooting techniques using a compound bow. The class is suitable for ...

Saturday, February 20, 2016Cross-Country Ski Basics

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside. Class will be canceled without snow. Class will be canceled without snow. Pre-registration required, deadline is February 17. M...

Saturday, February 20, 2016Ice Fishing Clinic

Come and learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Anyone over the age of 16 will need a valid fishing license. Bait and poles will be provided. Bring something to sit on and dress warmly. If there are unsafe ice conditions, this event will be canceled.

Thursday, February 25, 2016Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we’ll be discussing The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Colbert. Pre-registration required; deadline is February 22. To register, click here.

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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