Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see fall at its finest. [Photo: Robert Hoffman]

Looking for the best of fall colors? Thomas Mitchell and Yellow Banks Park are said to be the prettiest this time of year!

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

Fall Prescribed Burns in Polk County Parks

Polk County Conservation uses prescribed fire as a management technique. Fire is an essential tool to help maintain the integrity of the native prairie and wood…

Nature News Hot Off the Press!

The newest edition of Nature News is now available online! Find out what is going on in your favorite park and what events and programs are taking place January…

National Wild Turkey Federation: Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors

This yearlong program is designed to create a community and support group, where individuals can engage with and learn from experienced hunting mentors in a sa…

Jester Park Golf Course Updates Begin on November 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…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 2, 2017Nature Hike

Come enjoy the season! A naturalist will lead a nature hike, exploring how the Iowa landscape changes in the winter.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017OWLS - How Iowa Was Made

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, enjoy a good meal and learn about the exciting world of nature? Then join us! These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month. The nature program will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Jester Park Lodge. An optional luncheon foll...

Saturday, December 9, 2017Woodland Restoration Work Day

Your help is needed to restore our woodlands by removing honeysuckle and other invasive species. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided. Please dress for the weather and wear long pants, sturdy closed toed shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. For more information and to RSVP, ...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017Winter Hike

Take a hike with a naturalist and discover the wonder of the forest in the winter.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017Tricky Tracks

Have you seen all of the animals that live in the woods or in your neighborhood? Come to this program and you’ll learn how to identify the signs that animals leave behind. FREE. No registration required.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017Tricky Tracks

Have you seen all of the animals that live in the woods or in your neighborhood? Come to this program and you’ll learn how to identify the signs that animals leave behind. 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
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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