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.

Grab your mountain bike and get dirty on 6.5 miles of single track at Sycamore Trail!

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming field days and events.

Campgrounds are officially open on April 1st! Register for your campsite at www.MyCountyParks.com

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

Polk County Conservation Youth Corps Now Accepting Applications

The application period is now open for the Polk County Conservation Youth Corps (PCCYC) program. The PCCYC mission is to foster environmental stewardship while …

Road Closure in Jester Park through Mid-May

Beginning on Monday, March 13th, an interior portion of park road at Jester Park is being closed for two months for construction work connected with the Jester …

Nature Center Ground Breaking Set for March 29

Please join us to break ground on the Jester Park Nature Center on Wednesday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the future site of the building. Brief remarks, follow…

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…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 25, 2017Geocache Basics - Canceled

Come learn the basics of geoaching and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you in Fort Des Moines Park. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 13. Fee: $5. This class has been canceled due to low registration.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017Rain Barrel Workshop

A short discussion about ways to collect and use runoff water will be held before participants construct their own 55-gallon rain barrel. All materials and tools will be provided. Make sure you are able to transport your barrel back home after the workshop. Pre-registration required; deadline is Mar...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017Jester Park Nature Center Ground Breaking

Please join us to break ground on the Jester Park Nature Center and celebrate with those who made it all possible. Brief speaking remarks will be followed by mingling, refreshments and naturalist-led activities. For those unable to attend, we will be LIVE streaming the event on our Facebook page beg...

Thursday, March 30, 2017Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing River of Doubt by Candice Millard. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 27. Fee: $5. To register, click here.

Saturday, April 01, 2017Build a Willow Garden Tower

Participants will build and decorate a free-standing willow garden tower up to seven feet in height (just be sure you can take it home!) The group will learn the fundamentals of construction and gather willow in the park. Be sure to bring appropriate footwear, as willow grows where it is damp. ...

Tuesday, April 04, 2017OWLS - South Georgia Island

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...

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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