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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

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

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

Hike for Health at Jester Park
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Hike for Health at Jester Park

Why walk the mall when you can enjoy the great outdoors? Hike along with this friendly group of nature lovers who walk the trails each month for exercise and fun.

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4/22/2024

Spring Ephemeral Hike 'n Harvest: Jester Park
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Spring Ephemeral Hike 'n Harvest: Jester Park

Join us for a seed harvesting event focused on early spring ephemeral wildflowers in our woodlands.

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4/23/2024

Earth Day Trash Bash - Strasser Woods
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Earth Day Trash Bash - Strasser Woods

Join us at Iowa’s largest annual Earth Day event right here in the Des Moines Metro!

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4/26/2024

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

Kites and the Science of Flight
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Kites and the Science of Flight

Build simple kites as we explore the science of flight. We will discuss the remarkable adaptations birds have developed in order to take flight. We will assemble and decorate a small kite and send them aloft for a fun ending. Each registered individual will receive a kite.

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4/27/2024

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

Wildflower Hike
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Wildflower Hike

Join a naturalist on a lovely spring day for a walk in the woods. We’ll take a leisurely stroll and identify and discuss some of Iowa’s native woodland wildflowers. We will also discover other plants and maybe even a coveted fungus.

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4/27/2024

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

Toddler Tales
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Toddler Tales

Let your imagination run wild with this nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.

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5/2/2024