photograph courtesy of Justin Roberts
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 17, 2020 | Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 26, 2020 | The Jester Park Nature Center will remain closed until further notice to align with Polk County’s COVID public facility operations plan.
Due to the falling temperatures and freezing weather, Polk County Conservation has turned off water services in the campgrounds.
Explore the wonder and beauty of Thomas Mitchell Park at night under a full moon.
OWLS is going virtual. Join us as we learn about Iowa winter birds and how to feed them. Bird feeding offers people an opportunity to see birds at close range while providing hours of enjoyment.
Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.
The Chichaqua Valley Trail will be closed on December 2 through January 1, 2021 between NE 64th St. and Grant St. for repairs to be made on the Mud Creek Bridge.
Grab the kids, your spouse or significant other, as PCC and Trees Forever partner together for this eco-friendly event. Come on out and find that special tree for your Holiday season and help restore native habitat in one of your county parks!
Bird Friendly Iowa announced that Polk County is among the first counties in Iowa to be designated as a Bird Friendly Community.
Decorating a tree for our feathered friends and other wildlife is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Using items like bagels, pinecones, peanut butter and birdseed you’ll end up with a variety of treats to decorate your backyard.
From November 12 – December 12 we will be hosting links and information on each local vendor that is involved here, where you will be able to shop from the comfort of your home or while you’re outside in your favorite spot!
Join us digitally on November 12 – December 12, as we will host a virtual makers market with links and information on each local vendor that is involved on our website. Shop from the comfort of your home for the holidays or while you’re outside in your favorite spot!