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

Yellow Banks Park East Addition Open House

You are invited to attend a public open house where Polk County staff will present design concepts of the proposed improvements to the newly acquired land on th…

Water at Campgrounds

Water will remain on in Polk County Conservation campgrounds through the week of October 16th. Their status will reviewed again on October 23rd.

Easter Lake Park Capital Project Update

Easter Lake Park Capital Project Update The Easter Lake renovation is making progress toward our common goal.  It is a complicated project involving but not li…

2nd Annual Stars & Stripes Gala 2017

On Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5 p.m., the Jester Park Equestrian Center is hosting the 2nd Annual Stars & Stripes Gala at the Jester Park Lodge in Grang…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 21, 2017Walk 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. It’s almost Halloween; wear a costume that allows you to walk. Walkers can start anytime between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Co-s...

Saturday, October 21, 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, ...

Saturday, October 21, 2017Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing

Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in the medicine of the forest. This gentle three hour forest therapy walk offers a rich experience in nature that can improve mood and provide relaxation. Certified guides from Forest Therapy Pathways, will guide you to us...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017Yellow Banks Park East Addition Open House

You are invited to attend a public open house where Polk County staff will present design concepts of the proposed improvements to the newly acquired land on the east side of Yellow Banks Park.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017Nature Friends - Spunky Spiders

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds and an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Fee: $7/program. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five differe...

Thursday, October 26, 2017Going Batty

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

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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