Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see winter 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: Jester Park. From cross country skiing and snowshoeing to ice fishing and snowmobiling, Jester Park is your winter getaway destination this 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

Nature Center Ground Breaking Set for March 29

The Jester Park Nature Center ground breaking has been set for Wednesday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the future site of the building. Brief remarks, followed by a…

Polk County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report Released

The Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum (passed in 2012) has provided us with the necessary funding to undertake many significant water quality im…

Winter Ice Safety

With the recent fluctuating temperatures, ice conditions are not safe. Learn how to be safe on the ice with these safety tips: There is no such thing as 100 pe…

Easter Lake Drained, Restoration to Begin Spring 2017

As planned and on schedule, Polk County Conservation in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Na…

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 23, 2017Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories of Fracking in America. Pre-registration required; deadline is February 20. Fee: $5. To register, click here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017Indoor Kayaking

Got the case of cabin fever? Let's go kayaking on a cold winter day! Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist in the comfort of a heated pool. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, self rescues, and have a chance to practice their skills on ...

Sunday, February 26, 2017Bald Eagle Watch

Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about our national symbol, the bald eagle. Then venture outside to view them in their natural setting. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education. Hourly programs start at 1 pm will give you a close look at this amazing species...

Tuesday, March 07, 2017OWLS - Iowa Phenology

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, March 11, 2017Carney Marsh Restoration

Be a part of local ongoing wetland restoration efforts at Carney Marsh. We will be removing undergrowth and invasive species. No experience is necessary, and equipment is provided. Dress for the weather, wear appropriate footwear, and bring a refillable water bottle. To volunteer, contact Pat Spain ...

Saturday, March 11, 2017Wild Night Life & HIke

Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 9. To register, click here.

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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