Polk County Conservation

Stay updated on park improvements to enhance recreation areas & wildlife habitat under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link. [Photo byLaura Wills Photography]

The Jester Park Nature Center is now open to the public. For hours of operation visit www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com. [Photo by: ELEMOTION Photo]

See what's going on in a Polk County Conservation park or trail near you this fall!

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

Jester Park Nature Center Now Open

The Jester Park Nature Center is now open to the public. For more information about events, programs, and more at the Jester Park Nature Center, visit the websi…

Nature News Hot Off the Press!

Hot off the press! Take a look at our newest publication of Nature News for upcoming events and programs in our family of parks and trails and at the Jester Par…

Park and Trail Closures

*September 13, 2018 UPDATE* The following trails, campgrounds, and areas within Polk County Conservation parks and trails have been closed or are currently affe…

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

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018Iowa Outdoor Expo

Try your skills at bow fishing, trap shooting, archery, canoeing, kayaking. Visit the education tent and learn from experts about reptiles of Iowa, monarch tagging, owls, pony tales, geocaching and many more nature topics. FREE. No registration required. Hours: Saturday, September 22 - 9a...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018Happy Hour Harvest

Join Polk County Conservation one Tuesday evening each month on the Chichaqua prairie. We will be collecting seed from plants ready to harvest throughout the summer and fall. We will gather afterwards to cool down and relax with drink, appetizer and dinner specials Founders Irish Pub in Bondurant. N...

Saturday, September 29, 2018Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Youth will be placed in groups of two and teamed with an experienced waterfowl hunter and conservation officer for a guided waterfowl hunt at Chichaqua. They will be assigned to blinds in the 88-acre controlled waterfowl hunting area at Chichaqua. Mentors will provide dogs, decoys, calling skil...

Saturday, October 6, 2018Fourmile Creek Sweep

Strap on your boots or waders and get muddy with the Conservation team! In an effort to improve water quality, we will be sweeping Four Mile Creek for tires and other debris as well as clean up litter in and around Mally’s Park. Participants should dress for the weather, bring work gloves and ...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018Happy Hour Harvest

Join Polk County Conservation one Tuesday evening each month on the Chichaqua prairie. We will be collecting seed from plants ready to harvest throughout the summer and fall. We will gather afterwards to cool down and relax with drink, appetizer and dinner specials Founders Irish Pub in Bondurant. N...

Sunday, October 14, 2018Fall Frenzy

Explore Walker Johnston Park with a scavenger hunt, outdoor games, crafts, and live critters. Hosted by Polk County Conservation, Urbandale Community Action Network, and Urbandale Parks and Recreation. 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
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

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

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