Conservation
Striving to make Easter Lake Park's north shore the most accessible park in America.
Conservation Promoted
Striving to make Easter Lake Park's north shore the most accessible park in America.

$8.1 million park enhancements will offer universal access to nature, recreation for people of all abilities.

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7/13/2022

Trestle to Trestle Bridge Replacement Begins
Conservation Promoted
Trestle to Trestle Bridge Replacement Begins

We are excited to announce that construction for the Trestle to Trestle Bridge replacement has begun. This bridge is the connector between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines and a key element of the very popular urban Trestle to Trestle Trail.

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6/10/2022

Music on the Mississippi Bus Tour
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Music on the Mississippi Bus Tour

Journey to the mighty Mississippi River with Polk County Conservation Eco-bus tours.

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8/11/2022

Horse Whispers in the Woods
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Horse Whispers in the Woods

A women’s circle of self-discovery through the intuitive and healing power of horses. This on-the-ground workshop provides a real-time experience in relationship skills and increased emotional intelligence through a partnership with the horse.

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8/11/2022

Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community
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Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community

Bird Friendly Iowa announced that Polk County is among the first counties in Iowa to be designated as a Bird Friendly Community.

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6/10/2022

Full Moon Hike
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Full Moon Hike

Explore the wonder and beauty of Thomas Mitchell Park at night under a full moon.

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8/11/2022

Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits
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Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits

With help from the Great Outdoors Foundation, you can now invest in the environment and feel good about your choices with Conservation Credits.

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6/10/2022

20th Annual River Run Garbage Grab
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20th Annual River Run Garbage Grab

Join us for the 20th annual River Run Garbage Grab (R2G2)!

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8/12/2022

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks
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Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks

We are excited to welcome Sleepy Hollow to Polk County Conservation’s family of parks and trails! Sleepy Hollow is a 76-acre sports and family recreation complex located on the east side of Des Moines. Learn more!

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6/10/2022

Guided Trail Rides
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Guided Trail Rides

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic trail ride! You will be guided by our knowledgeable wranglers and taken care of by our string of beginner-friendly horses. We will ride through the timber of Jester Park and take in the picturesque views.

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8/12/2022

Great Western Trail Tunnel
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Great Western Trail Tunnel

Polk County Conservation was approached by the City of West Des Moines with plans to realign SE County Line Rd. The plans provide a tunnel for the Great Western Trail under the proposed new SE County Line Rd. alignment.

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6/10/2022

Guided Trail Rides
Conservation Events
Guided Trail Rides

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic trail ride! You will be guided by our knowledgeable wranglers and taken care of by our string of beginner-friendly horses. We will ride through the timber of Jester Park and take in the picturesque views.

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8/12/2022