Polk County Conservation

Get Outside Videocasts

These videocasts will inform viewers how to have fun exploring Central Iowa’s great outdoors. They were produced by Polk County Conservation and funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program or REAP-CEP.

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Introduction to the Get Outside Video Project

Learn how to have fun exploring Central Iowa’s great outdoors though 18 different outdoor adventures.

Final Episode

The last “Get Outside” episode. Heidi thanks REAP-CEP for funding the project and then has a laugh as she looks back at all the shots that went wrong.

Nature Photography

Ty Smedes, a professional nature photographer, gives Heidi a few tips on how to get started capturing the outdoors on film.


Join Heidi as she paddles around a beautiful pond and discusses some canoeing basics.

Biking on the Chichaqua Valley Trail

Join Heidi as she rides the Chichaqua Valley Trail.

Gardening with Natives

Find out why gardening with native plants is so beneficial for wildlife and the environment.

Camping at Thomas Mitchell Park

Join Heidi and her family on a camping trip to Thomas Mitchell Park.

Wildflowers at Ledges State Park

Join Heidi as she hikes through Ledges State Park in search of a few of Iowa’s spring wildflowers.

Geocaching Near You

Learn what geocaching is and why it’s a great way to get people outdoors.

Ice Fishing at Fort Des Moines Park

Naturalist Heidi will explain some of the basic equipment you'll need to get started ice fishing.

Cross-country Skiing at Big Creek State Park

Discover why cross-country skiing is an excellent way to enjoy the winter season.

Snowshoeing at Yellow Banks Park

Learn why snowshoeing is the most popular winter sport in America.

Kayaking on the Skunk River Oxbows

Follow Naturalist Heidi as she paddles her way through the Skunk River Oxbows in Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt.

Fishing at Easter Lake Park

Learn about Polk County’s hottest fishing spot on the east side of Des Moines.

Explore Jester Park by Horseback

Discover why horseback riding can be a quiet, peaceful, and relaxing way to unwind.

Bird Watching in the Des Moines River Valley

Step outside your backyard and into Jester Park to view migrating birds.

Hiking Brown’s Woods in the Fall

Hiking is a popular activity any time of the year, but learn why fall is an exceptional time to take a stroll through the woods.

Pheasant Hunting at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt

Join Naturalist Heidi on a pheasant hunt at one of the largest county owned parks in Iowa.

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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