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 gearing up for summer. 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

September - December 2015 Nature News Hot Off the Press!

The latest edition of Polk County Conservation's Nature News is now available. In this issue you’ll find: It's time to Celebrate Pollinators! (page 1) Because …

Mile Long Bridge/Lincoln Access Boat Ramp Closed on August 9th

The Mile Long Bridge/Lincoln Access boat ramp will be closed to the public beginning on the evening of Saturday, August 8th through approximately 3 p.m. on Sund…

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

Monday, August 03, 2015Nature Friends - Frog Hop

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...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015OWLS - Bears of Katmai

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 Park Lodge. An optional luncheon fol...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015Reptiles of Iowa

Come and learn about Iowa’s reptiles. We’ll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015Don't Just Landscape...RAINSCAPE!

Rainscaping creates beautiful landscapes that manage water sustainably. Rain gardens, native landscaping, rainwater harvesting, permeable paving, and native turf are a few features you can incorporate on your own property to improve water quality and pollinator habitat. Do it yourself or hire a cert...

Wednesday, August 05, 2015Nature Playdate - Water Wonders

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, August 12, 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.

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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