Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see spring at its finest. (Photo: J Merriman)

Campgrounds are now open Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Jester, Thomas Mitchell, & Yellow Banks Park. More info at www.MyCountyParks.com (Photo: Kayla Shepherd)

Check out the PCC calendar of events for a variety of activities and programs this season!

Park improvements to enhance recreation areas and wildlife habitat continue. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Grab your hiking boots or trail running shoes and enjoy natural trails at Brown's Woods!

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming field 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

Summer Skills at Fort Des Moines Park

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists in July at Fort Des Moines Park as they introduce your 10-16 year old to some fun outdoor …

Interior Road at Jester Park Open

The interior park road that has been closed at Jester Park since March 13, is open as of Friday, June 16. We appreciate your patience while this park improvemen…

Fireworks are Illegal in Polk County Parks

Fireworks are legal in Iowa, but are still illegal in all Polk County Conservation parks and trails. New signage being placed in our parks will reflect this par…

Fort Des Moines Park Summer Celebration

Come help us celebrate the park improvements that have been completed at Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter #3 on Thursday, June 22 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Get in on…

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 26, 2017 - Thursday, June 29, 2017Water Wonders Camp

Come and get your feet wet as we discover all we can about water. We’ll compare ponds, rivers, lakes, and wetlands plus the animals that live in them. Daily field trips will take us to various Polk County parks. This camp is for youth ages 8-9 years old. • Fee: $125 • Registrat...

Monday, June 26, 2017Summer Skills - Geocaching

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your 10-16 year old to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. ...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017Summer Skills - Geocaching

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your 10-16 year old to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. ...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017Nature Friends - Fish Iowa!

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds and an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Particip...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017Nature Playdate - Life in a Pond

Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.  Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. We may be hiking, discovering life in a log or playing in the creek. This is a morning o...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017Summer Skills - Survival Hike

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your 10-16 year old to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. ...

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
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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