Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see spring at its finest.

Check out the PCC calendar of events for a variety of activities and programs this season!

Park improvements to enhance recreation areas and wildlife habitat continue. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Grab your mountain bike and get dirty on 6.5 miles of single track at Sycamore Trail!

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming field days and events.

Campgrounds are officially open on April 1st! Register for your campsite at www.MyCountyParks.com

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

Teens, 15 - 18: Work in Our County Parks & Trails with PCC Youth Corps!

The application period has been extended for the Polk County Conservation Youth Corps (PCCYC) program. Apply now! Spots are filling up fast!  Work in our county…

Water is on at all Polk County Campgrounds

Water has been turned on at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Jester Park, Thomas Mitchell Park, and Yellow Banks Park. These campgrounds are also open on a first-co…

Road Closure in Jester Park through Mid-May

Beginning on Monday, March 13th, an interior portion of park road at Jester Park is being closed for two months for construction work connected with the Jester …

Polk County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report Released

The Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum (passed in 2012) has provided us with the necessary funding to undertake many significant water quality im…

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 1, 2017May Day

May Day celebrates the arrival of spring. Take a short hike looking for spring wildflowers then make a May Day basket to take home.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017OWLS - Our State Fair is a Great State Fair

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors Looking for an excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, enjoy a good meal and learn about the exciting world of nature? Then join us! These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month. The nature program will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Jester ...

Saturday, May 6, 2017Birds and Bagels

Join a PCC Naturalist at the largest urban forest in the state of Iowa for bagels and beverages while you learn about bird identification and the uniqueness of Brown’s Woods. After getting fueled up, we’ll hit the trails to see what sort of bird activity is taking place. Binoculars will ...

Sunday, May 7, 2017Fight Invasives - One Bite at a Time!

Garlic mustard is invading the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt woodlands. Join us for an afternoon of restoration work as we stop its spread through this high-quality conservation area. Afterwards, we will gather at the Longhouse to turn our invasive species harvest into a delicious pesto sauce to take ...

Monday, May 8, 2017Nature Friends - Eggciting Facts

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds and an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Particip...

Thursday, May 11, 2017Amana Colonies Eco-Bus Trip

Tour the historic Amana Colonies via motorcoach.  The step-on guide will provide a historically entertaining driving tour. We will stop at key points of interest.  Lunch will be served family style at the Ox Yoke Inn in Main Amana with free time to explore after lunch.  In the after...

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

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

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