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Easter Lake Park Covered Bridge Receives Facelift

Friday, October 24, 2014

The historic covered bridge that sits on the south side of Easter Lake Park is undergoing some restoration work. The bridge will be closed to the public from October 27-29th for some interior painting. Thank you for your patience while these improvements take place.


Park Water Service on Through 10/27

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Water service to campgrounds, restrooms, and showerhouses will remain on through October 27th. Following 10/27, weather conditions and temperatures will be monitored on a weekly basis and shutoff decisions will be made accordingly. Updates will be posted weekly online.

Great Western Trail Information

Thursday, September 11, 2014

An information packet about the Great Western Trail that was presented as "information only" to the Polk County Conservation Board during their monthly meeting on September 10, 2014.  To view Click here

September - December Nature News

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The September - December 2014 Nature News newsletter has been released. Inside, it shares information and photos about current projects and upcoming programs. Click here to take a peak at what's happening in our parks and trails and see what fall programs might be of interest to you or your family.

Pledge Your Support for the Jester Park Conservation Center

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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 generations to come. I invite you to be part of a regional conservation and education effort focused on water quality, habitat, energy, outdoor recreation and getting young people outdoors.

The highly anticipated Jester Park Conservation Center (JPCC) offers exceptional experiences and learning to change the face of conservation education – and conservation results – in Central Iowa. This facility will serve as the state’s premier conservation center where people of all ages promote their personal and public health, gain hands-on stewardship experience and make meaningful connections to the natural world. 

  • Youth will love the active hands-on discovery labs and live animal displays before they are guided outdoors to search for butterflies in the prairie, find out what lives in a wetland, hike through a woodland, or canoe on a pond. Getting young people re-connected to the outdoors and actively engaged in natural sciences and the arts, has proven to be a critical component of their physical and mental health. JPCC prompts this vital connection.
  • Adults of all ages will find themselves drawn to the many choices JPCC affords as they discover new ways to recreate while learning natural and cultural history, socializing in vibrant outdoor spaces, and exploring nature from observation decks or edge-of-wetland boardwalks.
  • Families will enjoy fun and educational interactive displays, activity areas, and public programming opportunities during convenient weekday and weekend hours. Most important, JPCC brings families together and launches them into experiences destined for improved family dynamics and life-long memories.

Polk County Conservation is eager to begin construction on the Jester Park Conservation Center for the people of Polk and surrounding counties. Planning for this facility has been in the works since 2008 and it was one of our Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum signature projects. As promised to voters, PCC must supplement  bond funds with other public and private dollars and secure grants to achieve full funding for this project. Individual and family donations are significant and valued to these corporate donors and foundations.  

More than 90% of the funds needed for this project have been pledged or secured. With your support, we can secure the final dollars needed to break ground yet this summer. Leave a legacy on behalf of you or your family that will stand the test of time. We need your support now to make this Center a reality and shape the future of our great outdoors.

Please give or pledge to this project today! Donors who give $50 and up will be recognized. Those who give $100 or more will receive permanent on-site recognition upon completion. All gifts are tax deductible and can be committed as a multi-year pledge over three years. This is your opportunity to be an important part of this local project. Please accept my personal “thank you” for your support. Click here to pledge now!


Dennis Parker, Director

p.s. This is a critical stage in the fundraising effort. Every dollar will count – and will be matched. Please support this project today!

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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