Polk

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Serving a diverse Central Iowa community, Polk County is among the nation’s most innovative public institutions. We bring together creative leaders, collaborative organizations and key resources to empower our communities and make life better for all people in Polk County.

5 Points of Progress

No Snow, No Problem
Conservation News
No Snow, No Problem

Slide down a 600-foot-long hill tubing starting this spring at Sleepy Hollow.

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2/23/2024

Lunch and Learn - Crisis Canines Of The Midlands
Emergency Management Events
Lunch and Learn - Crisis Canines Of The Midlands

The purpose of the Lunch and Learn series is to provide a wide variety of subjects that we felt would be interesting, new, helpful, and aligned with our mission, to the diverse population and disciplines that we serve.

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2/27/2024

Election News
Des Moines City Council At Large Special Election

Special election for the vacant at large city of Des Moines council seat for March 19, 2024.

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2/23/2024

Homeschool Programs
Conservation Events
Homeschool Programs

Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is designed for homeschool students. Each month we will explore a new theme related to the natural world.

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3/1/2024

Holiday Hours
County Recorder News
Holiday Hours

The Office will be closed on the following days: Memorial Day - May 27th | Juneteenth - June 19th | Independence Day - July 4th | Labor Day - Sept 2nd | Veterans Day - Nov 11th | Thanksgiving Nov 28th & 29th | Christmas Dec 24th & 25th

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2/21/2024

Homeschool Programs
Conservation Events
Homeschool Programs

Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is designed for homeschool students. Each month we will explore a new theme related to the natural world.

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3/1/2024

Exterior Light Testing Begins at Iowa Events Center
Board of Supervisors News
Exterior Light Testing Begins at Iowa Events Center

Des Moines, IA- Drivers on Interstate 235 and visitors to downtown Des Moines may have noticed a subtle but significant change to the city skyline in recent days.

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2/21/2024

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Secrets of the Underground
Conservation Events
Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Secrets of the Underground

Join assistant naturalist Julie McNeely for a presentation about the mystery of caves. We’ll learn about how they form and what lives in them. We will also hear the story of Floyd Collins; an American cave explorer that became trapped in a cave in the winter of 1925.

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3/5/2024

*NOW AVAILABLE* New SmartApp
County Sheriff News
*NOW AVAILABLE* New SmartApp

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2/16/2024

Mindfulness and Movement
Conservation Events
Mindfulness and Movement

Sometimes we forget we are part of nature, sharing water and air with all other beings on the planet. Controlling our breath and moving our bodies in can bring back a connection with the natural world. This class will offer ways to connect with breath, body and the earth.

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3/5/2024

County Attorney News
Ankeny doctor convicted of sexual assault

He is scheduled to stand trial April 1, 2024, on an enhanced charge. If convicted, he could face 50 years in prison with a mandatory 42½ years.

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2/16/2024

Toddler Tales
Conservation Events
Toddler Tales

Let your imagination run wild with this nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.

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3/7/2024