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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

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

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

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

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

Global Migrations - African Sardines
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Global Migrations - African Sardines

Join us for a family-friendly program focused on the annual migrations of a chosen animal species. Together, we will learn some geography, animal facts, and particular migration details that are sure to amaze us all.

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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

Shinrin Yoku at Brown's Woods
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Shinrin Yoku at Brown's Woods

Explore the natural healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Brandy Case Haub, a certified forest guide. This mindful walk through the Prairie will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being.

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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

Dig Your Natives: Spring Garden Maintenance - River Place
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Dig Your Natives: Spring Garden Maintenance - River Place

Come lend a hand in our native pollinator and rain gardens!

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4/16/2024