Polk County Conservation Board offers nature programming for preschools, elementary, middle, and high schools, church groups, scout groups, civic groups, etc. Naturalists will come to your site to provide programming or meet your group at a Polk County park. Most programs are hands-on and interactive.
Scheduling a Program
Polk County Conservation Board has four full-time naturalists and one part-time naturalist. Our schedule fills up quickly in the fall and spring, so the earlier you call the better. However, we ask that you call at least one week in advance prior to your preferred program time. Contact Patrice Petersen-Keys at (515)323-5359 or
Programs offered to for-profit organizations will have a fee of $1/person or $25 minimum charge. All other programs are offered free of charge, however donations are welcome.
Additional Environmental Education and Recreation Resources
There are several organizations in the Greater Des Moines area that also provide environmental education and recreation programming. Click here to see the organizations and the resources they provide.