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

Easter Lake Life Jacket Loan Program

Keep it fun and safe out on the water this summer! Opening Memorial Weekend, life jackets will be available at the Easter Lake Beach. The public is welcome to u…

Iowa Water Quality Legislation

Today would be a great day to let your local legislators know how important conservation and water quality is to your community and to the state of Iowa. Right …

2015 Camping Season

Campgrounds are now open for the 2015 season. Water services to all parks and campgrounds will be turned on by Wednesday, April 15th.

May - August 2015 Nature News Just Released!

Click here to view the newly released May - August 2015 Nature News newsletter. This newsletter highlights the latest Conservation news, events, and stories.

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 04, 2015Nature Friends - Planting a Rainbow

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, May 05, 2015OWLS - Floating Through History

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, May 05, 2015Bees of Iowa

State Apiarist, Andrew Joseph, will talk about what is happening in Iowa with honey bees and their beekeepers. Andrew will discuss exactly what a honey bee colony is and what they do. He will also cover the role of a beekeeper and the basics of getting started off right with beekeeping. This is part...

Saturday, May 09, 2015Middle Raccoon River Kayak Trip - Canceled

Join us as we kayak down the Middle Raccoon River in central Iowa. Naturalists will guide participants down the river. Bring food and drink. Prior kayak experience is required. Fee: $35; includes transportation and kayaks. Departure from Jester Park at 8:00 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m. Minimum ag...

Wednesday, May 13, 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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015Kayak Basics

Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water. All equipment is provided. Pre-registration required; deadline is May 11. Minimum age 14. Fee: $10. To register, c...

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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