Polk County Conservation

Glow Wild 2019 Tickets are on sale now! Purchase yours at www.GlowWildIowa.com

Take a look at our many programs and events at the Jester Park Nature Center at www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com!

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

Rent summer equipment at Pingora Outdoors at Jester Park by calling them at (515) 323-5330. More info online at www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com.

Spring is here! Get out and discover a Polk County Conservation park or trail near you!

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

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

Nature News Hot off the Press

Our May - August 2019 Nature News is hot off the press! View our digital copy below, or visit the Jester Park Nature Center to pick up a physical copy for yours…

Easter Lake Park Celebration & Mark C. Ackelson Trail Grand Opening

Celebrate the long-awaited grand re-opening of Easter Lake Park with us on Sunday, June 23 from 1 - 5 p.m. Activities will take place on the lake'…

Park & Trail Closures

UPDATED: June 10 For updates on Polk County Conservation park and trail closures due to flooding, please refer back to this post, as it will be updated as infor…

Glow Wild 2019 Tickets On Sale Now

Hosted by Polk County Conservation and Cumulus Media, this family friendly-event is fun for all ages! Glow Wild is held at the Jester Park Nature Center in Gran…

Upcoming Events

For more information about upcoming events for Jester Park Nature Center, see our calendar.

Friday, June 21, 2019Summer Solstice Hike

Come enjoy the longest day of sunlight on a hike to one of the highest locations in Polk County. We’ll watch the sunset and learn about a few plants and animals along our hike. FREE. No registration required.

Saturday, June 22, 2019Paddle the Boone River

Join Polk County Conservation Naturalists on a day float of the beautiful Boone River. We’ll depart from the Outdoor Rec. and Wellness Center at Jester Park at 8:00 am and travel by van to our launch point just South Webster City. Expect three to four hours of paddling, river flow dependent, w...

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - Sunday, June 23, 2019Family Camp Out

This brand new event is just what you need to get the kids off their screens and to get started camping. Do you want to go camping, but have small children and are worried about safety, keeping kids occupied, and the logistics of setting up a tent, and what and how to cook? This event will help you ...

Sunday, June 23, 2019Easter Lake Park Grand Reopening

Beginning in July of 2013, the Easter Lake Watershed Project started taking on improvement projects to restore Easter Lake and improve water quality to make this area a sustainable resource that provides diverse outdoor recreational activities for all visitors. Public education, community involvemen...

Saturday, June 29, 2019Public Workdays TBD

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Detailed meeting locations, workday information, and equipment will be provided to those registered for the above events. Dress for the weather. Wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes and gloves (provided if you do not have a pair), and bring a refillable water bottle. To...

Saturday, June 29, 2019Pond Study

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

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar.

Contact Us

Administration Office
12130 NW 128th St
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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