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Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks
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Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks

We are excited to welcome Sleepy Hollow to Polk County Conservation’s family of parks and trails! Sleepy Hollow is a 76-acre sports and family recreation complex located on the east side of Des Moines. Learn more!

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9/10/2021

Covid-19 Updates & Operations
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Covid-19 Updates & Operations

UPDATE: 8/9/2021 | As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and adapt, Polk County Conservation continues to prioritize our employee’s health and public health...

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8/18/2021

Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits
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Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits

With help from the Great Outdoors Foundation, you can now invest in the environment and feel good about your choices with Conservation Credits.

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4/22/2021

Fall Foraging
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Fall Foraging

Interested in finding wild edible foods but not sure where to start? Fall is the perfect time of year to find easy to identify nuts, edible mushrooms, and other treasures. Story County Conservation Naturalist Jess Lancial will take us on and off trails in this fall foraging hike.

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9/23/2021

VTO Restoration Days at Chichaqua
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VTO Restoration Days at Chichaqua

Come spend your volunteer time outside alongside PCC staff collecting native prairie seed ready to harvest.

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9/24/2021

National Public Lands Day
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National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. This celebration welcomes thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.

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9/25/2021

September - December Nature News is Here
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September - December Nature News is Here

Find volunteer programs, public programming, events, and more in our September - December Nature News! See what's going on in a PCC park or trail near you!

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8/9/2021

Artists in Action
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Artists in Action

This event and exhibition on September 25 & 26 at the Jester Park Nature Center will highlight 7 local artists as they create works outdoors around the nature center campus. During the event, artists will share their creative process with the public.

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9/25/2021

Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information for 2021
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Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information for 2021

Download your Controlled Bowhunt Application for 2021. The bowhunt is limited to antlerless deer only, and will take place from from September 18, 2021– January 30, 2022.

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8/5/2021

Artists in Action
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Artists in Action

This event and exhibition on September 25 & 26 at the Jester Park Nature Center will highlight 7 local artists as they create works outdoors around the nature center campus. During the event, artists will share their creative process with the public.

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9/26/2021

Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute
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Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute

UPDATE: August 5, 2021 | Oralabor Gateway Trail from Oralabor to NW 70th Street will be closed thru Fall 2021. This closure is due to the road widening of NW 26th project.

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8/5/2021

Mentored Youth Waterfowl
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Mentored Youth Waterfowl

Join us on Saturday, October 2 from 5:15 a.m. to noon at the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Longhouse for the 13th Annual Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt!

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10/2/2021