Polk County Conservation

Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center on August 5, 2018!

Pitch your tent and sleep under the stars at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Jester Park, Thomas Mitchell Park, or Yellow Banks Park this season!

Check out our many upcoming events and programs under the "Calendar" tab!

Stay updated on park improvements to enhance recreation areas & wildlife habitat under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming work days and events.

The Polk County Conservation Board’s mission is to provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and long term protection of Polk County’s natural heritage.

Leading You Outdoors

News & Announcements

Glow Wild 2018 Tickets on Sale Now

September 2, 2018 | 4- 10 PM Join us for great food, beer and wine, and plenty of crafts and activities for both kids and adults on Setpember 2 from 4 - 10 PM…

Park and Trail Closures

*JULY 16 UPDATE* Due to recent heavy rainfall, the following trails, campgrounds, and areas within Polk County Conservation parks and trails have been closed or…

Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center Scheduled for August 5

Join us as we celebrate the long awaited Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center on Sunday, August 5 from 1 - 5 PM! Explore the new nature center with yo…

Mark C. Ackelson Trail Bridge Plaques

The 6.2-mile Mark C. Ackelson Trail winding around Easter Lake provides an ideal place for outdoor recreation and scenic views for park visitors. Cycling, skat…

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 19, 2018Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing

Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku, or Japanese forest bathing, with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine physician. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being. Pre-registration required; deadline is July 13. Minimum age 12. Fee: ...

Saturday, July 21, 2018Pond Study

Come discover what creatures live in and around a pond. All sampling equipment will be provided. FREE. No registration required.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018Nature's Story Hour - Insect Safari

Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family-friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.

Thursday, July 26, 2018Princess Adventures - Busy Butterflies

Girls ages 4-6 are invited to the park in “princess attire” (whatever that means to them). We will learn about a courageous woman from the past, participate in a nature activity, followed by a tea party with a snack. Pre-registration required; deadline is July 20. Fee: $5. To register...

Thursday, July 26, 2018Moth & Moons

Think moths are nocturnal, drab, and pesky? – NOT!  Moths are stunningly adaptable and demonstrate a beauty that rivals their butterfly cousins. Come discover these amazing creatures on a night with a full moon. FREE. No registration required.

Saturday, July 28, 2018Insect Hunt

From ladybugs to butterflies, we’ll explore the fascinating world of insects. The program will feature a large insect collections and an insect hunt. Nets will be provided. FREE. No registration required.

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar.

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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