Polk County Conservation

Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center on August 5, 2018!

Pitch your tent and sleep under the stars at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Jester Park, Thomas Mitchell Park, or Yellow Banks Park this season!

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

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

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

Park and Trail Closures

Due to recent rainfall, the following trails, campgrounds, and areas within Polk County Conservation parks and trails have been closed or are currently affected…

Nature News Hot Off the Press!

Hot off the press – the newest edition of Nature News is now available online! Find out what is going on in your favorite park and what events and programs are …

Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center Scheduled for August 5

Join us as we celebrate the long awaited Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center on Sunday, August 5 from 1 - 5 PM! Explore the new nature center with yo…

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

Monday, June 18, 2018Summer Skills - Kayaking

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. These programs are geared for youth ages 10-16. All equipment will be provided. ...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018Nature's Story Hour - Busy Bees

Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family-friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018Summer Skills - Survival

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. These programs are geared for youth ages 10-16. All equipment will be provided. ...

Thursday, June 21, 2018Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing

Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku, or Japanese forest bathing, with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine physician. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being. Pre-registration required; deadline is June 15. Minimum age 12. Fee: ...

Thursday, June 21, 2018Summer 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 23, 2018 - Sunday, June 24, 2018Family Camp Out

Experience nature through the eyes of a child. Your family will have an opportunity to canoe, fish, hike, and camp with a naturalist. Canoes, food, fishing poles, and campsite reservations will be provided. Participants need to provide their own camping equipment. Pre-registration required; deadline...

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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