Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see spring at its finest.

Check out the PCC calendar of events for a variety of activities and programs this season!

Park improvements to enhance recreation areas and wildlife habitat continue. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Park of the Season: Thomas Mitchell. Visit this beautiful 179-acre countryside park just south of Mitchellville. Camping, fishing, hiking and much more await you this spring!

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming field days and events.

The Jester Park Equestrian Center is full of year-round activities and events. Keep updated on all things to do by visiting www.polkcountyiowa.gov/equestriancenter

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

Fort Des Moines Park Closed the Weeks of July 11th and July 18th

Park improvements at Fort Des Moines Park are taking shape nicely. The majority of the paving work will take place the weeks of July 11th and July 18th. During …

We Need Your Support for the Jester Park Nature Center!

Jester Park Nature Center will serve as one of Iowa's leading nature centers as well as a gateway to experience our state's natural environment. It will serve a…

Relaxed Fishing Regulations Begin at Easter Lake on June 1st.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Easter Lake in Polk County starting on June 1st, 2016, to allow anglers to more freel…

Polk County Geocaching Parks Challenge

To celebrate Polk County Conservation's 60th Anniversary in 2016, we are kicking off a Geocaching Parks Challenge! We want to encourage you to get outside and e…

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 27, 2016 - Thursday, June 30, 2016Junior Naturalist Camp 2 - Ages 10-11 years - FULL

Do you know a child who loves the outdoors? Campers will spend the week fishing, canoeing, hiking, geocaching and more while exploring the outdoors. Campers will also learn how to use a compass, build a fire, and cook a snack over a fire. On the last day of camp, campers will receive a badge and c...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016Frank Lloyd Wright/Music Man Bus Trip

Step into the "Prairie Style" architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Tour the only remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel in the world, The Historic Park Inn. Visit the Stockman House and interpretive center focused on prairie style architecture. Visit Music Man Square and Meredith Wil...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016JP Summer Skills - Survival Hike

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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016Nature's Story Hour - Giants of the Prairie

Bring your picnic lunch, blanket and family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC Naturalist. This family friendly program is free and all ages are welcome.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016TM Summer Skills - Kayaking

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child (ages 10-16) to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016Be a Survivor

Ever wished you had gone to summer camp as a kid but never got the chance? Well here’s your opportunity. Sign up for this exciting hands-on adult summer camp and learn all the skills you’ll need to feel comfortable and confident in the great outdoors. Each session will be led by Polk Cou...

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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