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Monitoring Water Quality at Easter Lake
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Monitoring Water Quality at Easter Lake

During the summer recreation season, Polk County Conservation staff are regularly monitoring the water in Easter Lake, taking samples weekly for testing. Every week on Thursday or Friday, weekly results will be posted here.

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7/11/2024

Plotting a Comeback
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Plotting a Comeback

Growing, harvesting rare native plants

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6/25/2024

Construction Roundup: Summer Projects
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Construction Roundup: Summer Projects

This summer Polk County Conservation Parks are getting upgrades! As the temperature increases, stay informed on all the projects and closures happening in the parks.

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5/31/2024

Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)
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Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic horseback trail ride!

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7/19/2024

Family Fun Night
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Family Fun Night

Gather your friends and family together for a night of fun at Jester Park’s Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center. Opportunities will be available for bouldering (age 4+) and archery (age 10+). A variety of games will be available.

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7/19/2024

Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)
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Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic horseback trail ride!

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7/20/2024

Flooding Closures 2024
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Flooding Closures 2024

Recent heavy rain has caused flooding at various sites across Polk County Parks.

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6/27/2024

Creek Walk at Thomas Mitchell
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Creek Walk at Thomas Mitchell

Splish, Splash! Take a walk and cool off as we explore and investigate life in an Iowa stream. Dress to get wet and wear secure shoes (no flip flops).

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7/20/2024

Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve
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Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve

Fun ways to enjoy Strasser Woods State Preserve.

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4/26/2024

Moonlight Paddle
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Moonlight Paddle

Enjoy a moonlit paddling class at Jester Park. Try out kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards during this program led by an experienced naturalist. Learn basic paddling techniques, and safety measures while enjoying the nocturnal beauty of Jester.

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7/21/2024

Invasive Buy Back Program
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Invasive Buy Back Program

Polk County Conservation is implementing a Callery (Bradford) Pear and Burning Bush “buy-back” program for residents of Polk County, Iowa.

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4/19/2024

Horse Adventures Camp (ages 8-12)
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Horse Adventures Camp (ages 8-12)

Discover nature and horsemanship at Jester Park Equestrian Center! Our beginner-friendly camps are a great introduction to horses while exploring the outdoors.

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7/22/2024