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. From cross country skiing and snowshoeing to ice fishing and snowmobiling, Jester Park is your winter getaway destination this season!

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

Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors Program Now Enrolling Participants

The Iowa State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently created and implemented a program called Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors to rev…

Easter Lake Restoration Draining Begins

As planned and on schedule, Polk County Conservation in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Na…

The Latest Nature News Is Now Available

The newest edition of Polk County Conservation's Nature News is now available. Keep up-to-date on what is going on in our family of parks and trails as well as …

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…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 21, 2017Cross-County Ski Basics - Canceled

This class has been canceled due to lack of snow. 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. Pre-registration required; deadline i...

Thursday, January 26, 2017Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. Pre-registration required; deadline is January 23. Fee: $5. To register, click here.

Friday, January 27, 2017Owl Prowl

Bundle up and join a naturalist for a campfire program to learn about owls. After a brief discussion about these flying predators of the night, we will go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.

Saturday, January 28, 2017Swan Soiree

Come and meet a live trumpeter swan up close! This is a rare opportunity to see, touch and learn more about swans.Trumpeter swans were once common in Iowa, but were gone from the state by the late 1880s. By the early 1930s, only 69 trumpeter swans remained in the lower 48 states. As the largest Nort...

Sunday, February 05, 2017Cross-County 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. Pre-registration required; deadline is February 2. Minimum age 12. Fee: $10 (includes skis...

Tuesday, February 07, 2017OWLS - Bluebirds of Iowa

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...

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
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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