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

Flooding Closures

Due to high lake water level, several areas will remain closed until further notice.

Jester Park:

  • Campgrounds #3 & #6,
  • Camground #2 (opening by 7/2…

Jester Park Summer Amphitheater Concert Series

The 2014 Music in the Park summer amphitheater concert series at Jester Park will take place every Saturday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Jester Park Amph…

Park and Trail Construction Updates

Great Western Trail

The Great Western Trail will be CLOSED to the public from August 11-15 to comlete a construction project in the Old Army Post Road area…

Pledge Your Support for the Jester Park Conservation Center

Dear Friend of Polk County Conservation,

Please help us complete one of the most exciting and powerful projects to benefit Greater Des Moines for many gener…

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 24, 2014Stroller Struts

You’re never too young to enjoy nature! These guided walks are geared toward parents, grandparents, caregivers and their wee ones who’d like to explore our parks and trails, stretch their legs and learn something new about a natural area. These events are for children 3 and under (with a...

Thursday, July 24, 2014Discover Your Parks - Stick Hike

Join a naturalist in one of our parks this summer for an afternoon of fun. Each program will start with a discussion followed by an activity. All ages are welcome. Grab a stick and let’s take a hike. Who knows what sorts of interesting things we can do with a hiking stick?

Thursday, July 24, 2014Insect Safari

From ladybugs to butterflies, we’ll explore the fascinating world of insects. The program will feature a large insect collection and an insect hunt. Nets will be provided.

Friday, July 25, 2014Summer Skills River Float Trip

If your youth attends at least four of the six summer skills programs, they are eligible for a guided kayak trip down one of Iowa’s rivers. One of the completed skills programs must be canoeing or kayaking. Participants will learn how to “read a river”, navigate rapids, and gain an...

Saturday, July 26, 2014Music in the Park - Tales from the Appalachian Trail

Join us for something a little different than music this week. Jennifer Pharr Davis will share her adventures from the Appalachian Trail. Jennifer has hiked over 12,000 miles on long distance trails. She has trekked on six continents and currently holds endurance records on three separate trails. In...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014Discover Your Parks - Prairie Pollinators

Buzz like a bee and float like a butterfly in a hands-on program exploring the world of pollinators.

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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