Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see summer 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: Thomas Mitchell. Visit this beautiful 179-acre countryside park just south of Mitchellville. Camping, fishing, hiking and much more await you this summer!

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

We Need Your Support for the Jester Park Nature Center!

Jester Park Nature Center will serve as one of Iowa's leading nature centers as well as a gateway to experience our state's natural environment. It will serve a…

Relaxed Fishing Regulations Begin at Easter Lake on June 1st.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Easter Lake in Polk County starting on June 1st, 2016, to allow anglers to more freel…

Polk County Geocaching Parks Challenge

To celebrate Polk County Conservation's 60th Anniversary in 2016, we are kicking off a Geocaching Parks Challenge! We want to encourage you to get outside and e…

Fort Des Moines Park Improvements

An updated flyer with detailed park enhancement descriptions, map and timeline for Fort Des Moines Park is now available to view by clicking here. Major constru…

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - Friday, July 29, 2016Overnight Youth Caving Trip

Join Polk County Naturalists and explore Iowa underground! Go caving, climbing, and hiking on an overnight trip to Maquoketa Caves State Park in Northeast, Iowa. Meals, transportation, tents, and camping fees provided. Participants must provide sleeping bag. Please note caving involves crawling thro...

Tuesday, August 02, 2016OWLS - What's New with Polk County Conservation?

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...

Tuesday, August 02, 2016Amazing Iowa Reptiles

Come and learn about Iowa's reptiles. We'll discuss the fears and myths that surround these scaly creatures people love to hate.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016Nature Playdate - Geo the Geode

Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.  Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. We may be hiking, discovering life in a log or playing in the creek. This is a morning o...

Wednesday, August 03, 2016Happy Hour Harvest

Join Polk County Conservation on the first Wednesday of each month on the Chichaqua prairie. We will be collecting seed from plants ready to harvest throughout the summer and fall. We will gather afterwards to cool down and relax with drink, appetizer and dinner specials Founders Irish Pub in Bondur...

Monday, August 08, 2016Nature Friends - Beaver Buddies

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure with your 3-5 year old! 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 different prog...

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
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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