Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see fall 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: Yellow Banks. Stand atop high bluffs overlooking the Des Moines River and take in some of the most outstanding scenery in central Iowa this fall season!

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

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…

Fort Des Moines Park Improvements

An updated flyer with detailed park enhancement descriptions, map and timeline for Fort Des Moines Park is now available to view by clicking here. Major constru…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 22, 2016Walk for Wildlife

Enjoy a family walk through the park or extend your trip with a 5 or 10-kilometer Volkssport walk. You can also try geocaching along your walk, GPS units will be available. Girl Scouts of America are also invited to take part in the day, there will be a number of badge requirement activities availab...

Saturday, October 22, 2016Geocache Pumpkin Hunt

Join a naturalist to learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods to find some pumpkins, collecting prizes and candy along the way! Be sure to keep an eye out for spiders along the way that are worth special prizes. Space is limited, so register early. Pre-registration required; deadline is Octo...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016Going Batty

Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Come learn the truth about this “grossly” misunderstood animal.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016OWLS - Bison, A Keystone Species

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors 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 Pa...

Saturday, November 05, 2016Woodland Restoration Workday

We will be assisting longtime park stewards Penny Thomsen and John Harri in their efforts to remove undergrowth and invasive species. No experience is necessary and equipment is provided. Please wear long pants, sturdy closed toes shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. To volunteer for this e...

Saturday, November 05, 2016Geocaching Basics

Never heard of geocaching or always wanted to give it a try? Geocaching is a high tech scavenger hunt using a GPS. Come learn the basics and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you in Jester Park. Pre-registration required; deadline is November 2. Minimum age 8. Fee: $5. To register, click...

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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