Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see winter at its finest.

Wells Fargo volunteers lending a hand in our county parks. Check the calendar of events for upcoming volunteer field days and events.

Book that perfect winter retreat at the Jester Park cabins! Make your cabin reservations today at www.mycountyparks.com.

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 activities and programs this winter!

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

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…

Preventing "Nature Deficit Disorder", One Outdoor Experience at a Time

Check out our latest blog to find out ways to combat "nature deficit disorder" and keep your family active outdoors!

INHF Releases Android Version of "Iowa By Trails" App

Go find your adventure today! In an effort to foster connections between trail users and the land they traverse, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation created an…

Jester Park Equestrian Center Is Now Seeking Volunteers

The Jester Park Equestrian Center is looking for individuals passionate about people and their hoofed companions to lend a helping hand at the barn. Opportuniti…

Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 01, 2015Carney Marsh Restoration

A crew of DMACC Environmental Science students and staff have committed to volunteering one Sunday each month at Carney Marsh. Be a part of this restoration effort by coming along. We will be removing undergrowth and invasive species. No experience is necessary, and equipment is provided. Dress for ...

Tuesday, March 03, 2015OWLS - Aldo Leopold

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, March 03, 2015Salamander Stories

Amphibian or reptile...lizard or frog...how would you describe a salamander? Learn how to identify a salamander and find out what’s special about this secretive animal. Plus you’ll get a chance to meet a live tiger salamander.

Saturday, March 07, 2015Horse Owner Seminar

Own a horse? Want to? Come out to JPEC for an educational seminar on horse care, health, and upkeep. Talk to knowledgeable industry spokespeople on topics such as: horse training, what to feed your horse for your activity level, veterinary care, farrier needs, and how to transition from a horse enth...

Sunday, March 08, 2015Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

Come join us at the Jester Park Lodge to celebrate your contributions to conservation efforts in Polk County. The evening will consist of a special program, dinner and a recognition/awards ceremony as we highlight the projects and events of 2014. Volunteers who have contributed 10 (or more) hours ar...

Wednesday, March 11, 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.

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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