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Construction Roundup: Summer Projects
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Construction Roundup: Summer Projects

This summer Polk County Conservation Parks are getting upgrades! As the temperature increases, stay informed on all the projects and closures happening in the parks.

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5/31/2024

Invasive Buy Back Program
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Invasive Buy Back Program

Polk County Conservation is implementing a Callery (Bradford) Pear and Burning Bush “buy-back” program for residents of Polk County, Iowa.

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4/19/2024

No Snow, No Problem
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No Snow, No Problem

Slide down a 600-foot-long hill tubing starting this spring at Sleepy Hollow.

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2/26/2024

Buggin' Out Camp
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Buggin' Out Camp

Discover the thrilling world of insects! Grab a net and join us as we explore from the prairie to the pond; we’ll be searching high and low for what kinds of insects live in the park.

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6/20/2024

Survival Camp
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Survival Camp

Set your kid’s imagination and adventurous spirit free as they learn about the natural environment and important survival skills. Activities range from plant identification, animal tracking study, and survival skills like fire and shelter building.

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6/20/2024

Pony Tales
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Pony Tales

Enjoy listening to a pony-themed story while the ponies of the Equestrian Center are listening nearby. A pony meet and greet will follow!

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6/20/2024

Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve
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Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve

Fun ways to enjoy Strasser Woods State Preserve.

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4/26/2024

Prairie Stomp Music Series
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Prairie Stomp Music Series

Join us on the back patio of the Jester Park Nature Center for our 2024 Prairie Stomp Summer Music Series beginning on June 20. Each month, through August, a local, Iowa band will kick off the evening with live music. Thelma’s will also be selling ice cream on site.

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6/20/2024

2024 Prescribed Burning Season
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2024 Prescribed Burning Season

Prescribed burn season is upon us! Our Natural Resource Crews will be conducting prescribed burning in our parks and trails as weather allows this week and extending through the spring season.

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2/27/2024

Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)
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Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic horseback trail ride!

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6/21/2024

What is a Wetland?
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What is a Wetland?

A wetland is an area of land that is continuously or periodically wet during the year. Also called swamps, marshes, bogs, or prairie potholes, Iowa was once dotted with thousands of wetlands.

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1/29/2024

Summer Skills at Jester Park
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Summer Skills at Jester Park

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities that can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Sign-up for one or the entire series.

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6/21/2024