Polk County Conservation

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

The Jester Park Nature Center's hours have changed for the season. View them online at www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com.

Discover a Polk County Conservation park or trail near you this fall! [Pictured: The new pedestrian bridge over Easter Lake along the Mark C. Ackelson Trail.]

Check out our many upcoming events and programs under the "Calendar" tab! [Photo by Bryan Conley Photography]

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

Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Advisory Committee

We are now accepting membership applications to be a part of the Polk County Conservation Advisory Committee. New members will begin their term in January of 20…

Easter Lake Park Updates

Beginning in July of 2013, the Easter Lake Watershed Project started taking on improvement projects to restore Easter Lake and improve water quality to make Eas…

Become a Friend of Jester Park

Friends of Jester Park is a collaborative program of Polk County Conservation and the Great Outdoors Foundation that provides more opportunities for outdoor fun…

Water Shut Off in Parks and Campgrounds

UPDATED: NOVEMBER 5, 2018 Water in the campgrounds and parks will be shut off the week of November 5th due to upcoming low temperatures. Campgrounds are closed …

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 17, 2018Woodland Restoration

We will be assisting longtime park stewards in their restoration efforts to remove undergrowth and invasive species. Please dress for the weather and wear long pants, sturdy closed toed shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. Registration required. To RSVP, contact conservationvolunteers@polkc...

Saturday, November 17, 2018Turkey Trek

Come enjoy a 3-mile hike through beautiful Brown’s Woods, Iowa’s largest urban forest preserve. We’ll talk about turkeys and how animals are preparing for winter all while burning some calories. FREE. No registration required.

Saturday, December 1, 2018Woodland Restoration

We will be assisting longtime park stewards in their restoration efforts to remove undergrowth and invasive species specifically to open the view in the pine grove between Discovery Pond and the new Jester Park Nature Center. Please dress for the weather and wear long pants, sturdy closed toed shoes...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018JPNC Volunteer Training Session

Give back to your community in a beautiful park setting at the Jester Park Nature Center! We are seeking dynamic volunteers to donate their time and talents as well as fulfill a much-needed niche at the Nature Center. Whether you are seeking an inspiring backdrop in which to give back to the outdoor...

Friday, December 14, 2018VTO Woodland Days

Many amazing local companies, organizations, and schools offer Volunteer Time Off (VTO) as an added benefit for their workforce. This provides an excellent opportunity to provide those within their ranks with a unique way to create positive impact within their community. If your organization offers ...

Friday, January 4, 2019VTO Woodland Days

Many amazing local companies, organizations, and schools offer Volunteer Time Off (VTO) as an added benefit for their workforce. This provides an excellent opportunity to provide those within their ranks with a unique way to create positive impact within their community. If your organization offers ...

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar.

Contact Us

Administration Office
12130 NW 128th St
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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