Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see spring 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: Thomas Mitchell. Visit this beautiful 179-acre countryside park just south of Mitchellville. Camping, fishing, hiking and much more await you this spring!

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

Great Western Trail Extension Final Construction Improvements Completed by the Beginning of June

Final connection improvements on the east end of the Great Western Trail extension are in progress. These improvements should be wrapped up by the beginning of …

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…

2016 Camping Season

Campgrounds in all Polk County parks are now open for the 2016 camping season. Water and showerhouse services are expected to be fully operational by Friday, Ap…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Wednesday, May 25, 2016Buffalo River Kayak Trip

Join Polk County Conservation naturalists on this five day adventure to Arkansas. Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools whil...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016Nature Friends - Feathered Friends

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure with your 3-5 year old! 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 different prog...

Saturday, May 28, 2016Music in the Park

Join us for Music in the Park with the Four Mile Creek Band. They play a variety of acoustic music including traditional bluegrass, contemporary bluegrass sounds and old time country and gospel. Bring a lawn chair and blanket to sit on.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016Nature's Story Hour - Feathered Friends

Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.

Friday, June 03, 2016Senior Fishing Derby

Senior Services of Polk County and PCC are hosting a fishing derby open to any person 60 and over. Fishing poles and bait will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Prizes will be awarded. A box lunch will be served to all registered participants. Registration deadline is May 27. To reg...

Saturday, June 04, 2016National Trails Day: Trails Workday and Camping

Join other natural surface trails enthusiasts for a day of trail maintenance, clearing overlook areas, re-surfacing trails and repairing erosion structures. Then kick up your feet and relax for an evening of food, drink and entertainment. Check-in at 9 a.m. on Saturday with free camping provided for...

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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