UPDATE: 1/11/2022 | As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and adapt, Polk County Conservation continues to prioritize our employee’s health and public health...
Park and trail users are asked to respect all trail closures and barriers during the month of January as work is underway to improve these areas.
View the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center's winter hours and equipment rental information.
Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson once a month to discuss an environmentally themed book.
Come show your appreciation for the volunteer efforts put in each year by the Des Moines Nordic Club, check out winter recreation available at Jester Park, and take part in skiing or snowshoeing. After your Nordic adventure, stay for a bonfire & hot chocolate!
Join Ty Smedes as we discuss the challenges faced by many creatures, as we highlight several local and global success stories and consider the need for environmental sustainability.
In celebration of Groundhog Day, Gigi the groundhog will be hiding in a Polk County Conservation park to see if she can find her shadow.
Join us as we continue efforts to restore native habitat and improve water quality in Chichaqua through the removal of invasive species.
Polk County Conservation now offers 126 campsites for advanced reservations via MyCountyParks.com.
Can they really forecast an early spring? Do they actually hibernate? Why do we celebrate groundhogs day anyway? So many questions surround this little rodent. We will uncover all the truths during this fun and hands on hike on the day we celebrate its existence.
This yearlong program is designed to create a community and support group, where individuals can engage with and learn from experienced hunting mentors in a safe, low-stress environment. Inexperienced participants are encouraged and welcome!
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.