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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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3/29/2024

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

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

Homeschool Programs
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Homeschool Programs

Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is designed for homeschool students. Each month we will explore a new theme related to the natural world.

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4/12/2024

Homeschool Programs
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Homeschool Programs

Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is designed for homeschool students. Each month we will explore a new theme related to the natural world.

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4/12/2024

Nature Center After Dark: Hawaiian Luau
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Nature Center After Dark: Hawaiian Luau

Here’s your chance to visit the Jester Park Nature Center after dark. The hour will include storytelling, crafts, open Nature Center exhibits, and a short program on the theme of the night. Feel free to wear your grass skirts and Hawaiian leis.

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4/12/2024

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

Crane Count 2024: Brenton Slough
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Crane Count 2024: Brenton Slough

Experience the comeback of midwestern cranes by participating in this exciting wildlife monitoring event as part of the International Crane Foundation’s Annual Midwest Crane Count.

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4/13/2024

Timber Stand Improvement
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Timber Stand Improvement

Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) is a form of restoration work that occurs in degraded woodlands with the goal of improving the quality of native tree and plant species. Often this involves reducing the quantity of trees, especially non-native varieties.

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1/22/2024

Crane Count 2024: Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
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Crane Count 2024: Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt

Experience the comeback of midwestern cranes by participating in this exciting wildlife monitoring event as part of the International Crane Foundation’s Annual Midwest Crane Count.

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4/13/2024

Thrills, Chills, And Gills
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Thrills, Chills, And Gills

Ice fishing is a great way to take advantage of the cooler months and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, Polk County has resources for you to have a safe and satisfying experience.

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12/19/2023

Litter Removal: Sycamore Trails
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Litter Removal: Sycamore Trails

Help restore Iowa’s woodland habitat by removing harmful litter and invasive plant species with the from Sycamore Trails!

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4/13/2024