Polk County Conservation

Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center on August 5, 2018!

Pitch your tent and sleep under the stars at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Jester Park, Thomas Mitchell Park, or Yellow Banks Park this season!

Check out our many upcoming events and programs under the "Calendar" tab!

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 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

Park and Trail Closures

Due to recent heavy rainfall, the following trails, campgrounds, and areas within Polk County Conservation parks and trails have been closed or are currently af…

Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center Scheduled for August 5

Join us as we celebrate the long awaited Grand Opening of the Jester Park Nature Center on Sunday, August 5 from 1 - 5 PM! Explore the new nature center with yo…

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, skat…

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 li…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Sunday, June 24, 2018Family Camp Out

Experience nature through the eyes of a child. Your family will have an opportunity to canoe, fish, hike, and camp with a naturalist. Canoes, food, fishing poles, and campsite reservations will be provided. Participants need to provide their own camping equipment. Pre-registration required; deadline...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018Nature Playdate - Tyke Hike

Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.  Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. We may be hiking, discovering life in a log or playing in the creek. This is a morning o...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018Summer Skills - Fishing

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. These programs are geared for youth ages 10-16. All equipment will be provided. ...

Saturday, June 30, 2018Insect Hunt

From ladybugs to butterflies, we’ll explore the fascinating world of insects. The program will feature a large insect collections and an insect hunt. Nets will be provided. FREE. No registration required.

Saturday, June 30, 2018Free the Trees!

Your help is needed in a newly establishing oak savanna at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt. Many young oaks need to be released from encroaching dogwood. No experience necessary and all tools/equipment provided. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes/boots and bring a refillable water bottle. Type coordin...

Friday, July 6, 2018Fireflies by Firelight

Bring the kids out for a night of catching (and releasing) fireflies while enjoying a roasted marshmallow over a fire. FREE. No registration required.

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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