Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see spring and summer at its finest.

Polk County Conservation offers many volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups alike. Check our calendar of events for upcoming field days and events.

The 2014 camping season is now open. Make your site reservations by visiting www.mycountyparks.com

New firewood regulations have been implemented in our parks. See our Firewood Quick Link below.

Make your cabin reservations today! Visit www.mycountyparks.com for further details.

Park improvements are taking place throughout the county. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Check out the PCC calendar of events for a variety of summer activities and programs!

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

Trees Available through Plant Some Shade Program

MidAmerican Energy Company customers in Iowa are eligible to purchase trees for $30 each.  Tree purchase is limited to two trees per household to ensure all cu…

Great Western Trail Information

An information packet about the Great Western Trail that was presented as "information only" to the Polk County Conservation Board during their monthly meeting…

Chichaqua: The Amazing Place Eco Challenge

Do you enjoy watching “The Amazing Race”? Have you dreamed of participating in daunting mental and physical challenges in exotic locations? Do you fantasize ab…

Easter Lake Beach Closed for the Season

The Easter Lake Beach has been closed for the season due to flooding that is unsafe for park users. The beach will re-open on Memorial Day Weekend in 2015.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 23, 2014AppleFest Tour - FULL

Enjoy the bountiful fruit of fall at the vintage apple orchards of Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City.  Our day will begin with a tour of the historic J. Sterling Morton Mansion. Lunch will be at the award winning conservation conference center of Lied Lodge. Activities for the day include, a Disc...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014Nature Friends - Nutty Squirrels

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. The program is sponsored by Des Moines Izaak Walton League and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Fee $7, ...

Friday, October 03, 2014Stargazing

Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes. ...

Sunday, October 05, 2014Amazing Place Eco Challenge

Do you enjoy watching “The Amazing Race”? Have you dreamed of participating in daunting mental and physical challenges in exotic locations? Do you fantasize about spending the prize money the winners receive? Well wish no more and sign up for “The Amazing Place Eco Challenge”...

Monday, October 06, 2014Nature Friends - Migration Sensation

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. The program is sponsored by Des Moines Izaak Walton League and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Fee $7, ...

Tuesday, October 07, 2014OWLS - Personal Adventures & Explorations of the Northwest Passage

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 P...

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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