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

Mentored Turkey Hunt

The Polk County Conservation Park Rangers are teaming up with the Iowa DNR Conservation Officers to host a mentored turkey hunt. We are looking for five hunters…

Richard Leopold Appointed as New Polk County Conservation Board Director

The Polk County Conservation Board selected Richard A. Leopold as the new Director at their February 11th, board meeting. Mr. Leopold has served as the Deputy…

Plant Some Shade with the Great Outdoors Foundation and MidAmerican Energy

Residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company can reduce future energy use, landscape their homes and green up their communities this spring through the P…

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Sunday, March 29, 2015Sandhill Crane Bus Trip - Canceled

Join us on a trip to the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, to view the migration of nearly 500,000 sandhill cranes. These large birds fill the skies, fields and river valley as they stop to eat and rest on their long migration northward. We’ll get off the bus to view cranes at Fort Kearny S...

Saturday, April 04, 20152015 Spring JPEC Open House

Bring the family out to explore what Jester Park Equestrian Center is all about! Featuring driving demonstrations, lesson demos, horse grooming sessions, and much more. Refreshments provided and a free event for the family.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015OWLS - Journey to the Southern Islands

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, April 07, 2015Journey to the Southern Islands

Join writer/photographer Ty Smedes for this slide presentation and lecture, as he takes us on a voyage to the bottom of the world. We’ll leave the southern most city in the world (Ushuaia) aboard the converted Polish ice-breaker Ortelius – now an expedition ship - and will journey to the...

Wednesday, April 08, 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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015Retreat into Nature

Come spend time in renewal, education and discovery in a beautiful natural setting. Activities will include gentle yoga (chair yoga will be an option), meditation, writing/drawing and connecting to nature. Pre-registration is required; deadline is April 8. Minimum age 16. Fee: $40. To register, clic...

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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