Polk County Conservation

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

Spring is almost here! Try backpacking at Yellow Banks Park!

It's soon to be camping season. What Polk County Conservation Park will you explore?

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

Cold Temperatures Impacting Water Service to Parks & Campgrounds

Due to weather, water will NOT be turned on in our parks and campgrounds this week. However, it is likely that water will be turned on by next week. Please chec…

Spring Prescribed Prairie and Woodland Burning in PCC Parks

Polk County Conservation staff will be conducting prescribed prairie and woodland burns during the next few weeks at Beaver Creek Greenbelt, Chichaqua Bottoms G…

Nature News Hot Off the Press!

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 …

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…

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 29, 2018Wildflower Hike

Hike through the woods to view and identify the dazzling display of spring wildflowers. FREE. No registration required.

Monday, May 7, 2018Nature Friends - Busy Beavers

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds with an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Partici...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018Nature Friends - Silly Salamander

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds with an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Partici...

Friday, May 18, 2018Catch-n-Croakers

Learn to identify frogs by sight and sound before sloshing into the wetlands to catch these amazing creatures. Bring your own net and flashlight. Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy. FREE. No registration required.

Monday, May 21, 2018 - Friday, May 25, 2018Current River Kayak Trip

Join Polk County Conservation naturalists on this five-day paddling adventure on the Current River in Missouri. The crystal clear Current River moves through stunning Ozark landscapes, and features many caves and large springs along the way. Rated a Class 1 rapid, the Current River is enjoyable and ...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018FULL - Kalona Historical Eco Bus Tour

Step back in time as we visit the Amish and Mennonite community of Kalona. Our day will start at the Kalona Historical Village and Welcome Center coffee and donuts. The first stop will be the Buggy shop. We will discover why there is a one year wait list for these custom designed Amish buggies. ...

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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