Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see fall 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: Yellow Banks. Stand atop high bluffs overlooking the Des Moines River and take in some of the most outstanding scenery in central Iowa this fall 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

Campground Water Availability

Water service is still available in our parks and campgrounds. Continueto check this area of the website at the beginning of each week for the most up-to-date i…

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

Tuesday, November 01, 2016OWLS - Bison, A Keystone Species

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...

Saturday, November 05, 2016Woodland Restoration Workday

We will be assisting longtime park stewards Penny Thomsen and John Harri in their efforts to remove undergrowth and invasive species. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided. Please wear long pants, sturdy closed toes shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. To volunteer for this e...

Saturday, November 05, 2016Geocaching Basics

Never heard of geocaching or always wanted to give it a try? Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using a GPS. Come learn the basics and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you in Jester Park. Pre-registration required; deadline is November 2. Minimum age 8. Fee: $5. To register, click...

Sunday, November 06, 2016Native American History Day

Join us as we celebrate the history of Native Americans at Yellow Banks Park. Get hands on experience constructing a tipi and try throwing an atlatl. Don’t know what an atlatl is? Join us and find out. Authentic artifacts collected from the area and rarely seen by the public will be interprete...

Saturday, November 12, 2016Barrel Birdhouses

Join a Polk County Conservation Naturalist and build a home for one of your favorite backyard animals. You’ll be given a plastic 15-gallon barrel and necessary supplies. You can make a wood duck house, an owl abode, a purple martin manor, a bat bungalow, a squirrel studio or a plant tower. Bar...

Saturday, November 12, 2016Soap Making

With recent interest in more “natural” lifestyles, the art of soap making is gaining popularity. Let Mitchell County Naturalist, Chelsea Ewen, help you discover the history, chemistry, process, and benefits of making your own homemade soap. The best part of this class is customizing and ...

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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