Polk County Conservation

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

It may be cold, but don't let that keep you from getting outside! Need ideas? View our "Things To Do" tab!

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

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 field 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

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals at Jester Park

Skis and snowshoes will only be rented if there is at least 4 inches of snow on the ground. Snowshoe, cross-country skis, boots and poles are available for ren…

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, ska…

Jester Park Golf Course Updates Begin Nov. 1

Polk County Conservation and C-Corporation will soon invest $3.5 million dollars into the Jester Park Golf Course. Plans include replacement of the aging irriga…

Easter Lake Park Capital Project Update

Easter Lake Park Capital Project Update The Easter Lake renovation is making progress toward our common goal.  It is a complicated project involving but not …

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 22, 2018Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Pre-registration required; deadline is February 19. Fee: $5. To register, click here.

Saturday, February 24, 2018Winter Hike

Join us on a peaceful winter hike as we focus on what animals do to survive winter. FREE. No registration required.

Thursday, March 1, 2018Full Moon Hike

Explore the wonder and beauty of Fort Des Moines Park at night under a full moon. FREE. No registration required.

Sunday, March 4, 2018Hunter's Education Field Day Course

This Field day course is typically 4-5 hours in length and includes firearms handling, ethics & responsibility, Iowa Hunting laws, and a final exam. In order to receive certification, a student must successfully complete an Iowa approved online hunter education course prior to registering and at...

Saturday, March 17, 2018Geocache Leprechaun Hunt

Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the hidden pots of gold, collecting candy and prizes along the way. Keep an eye out for leprechauns along the way! Pre-registration required; deadline March 13. Fee: $5/child (ages 3-14). To register, click here.

Thursday, March 29, 2018Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss Hour of the Land by Terry Tempest Williams. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 26. Fee: $5. To register, click here.

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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