Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see summer at its finest.

It's back & better than ever! Glow Wild 2017 tickets are now on sale at www.GlowWildIowa.com

Reserve your campsite at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Jester, Thomas Mitchell, or Yellow Banks Park at www.MyCountyParks.com (Photo: Kayla Shepherd)

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. [Photo: TwoDogsandaJeep Photography]

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

Nature News- Hot Off the Press!

The newest edition of Nature News is now available online! Find out what is going on in your favorite park and what events and programs are taking place Septem…

Canoe & Kayak Rental at Chichaqua Closed Due to Low Water

Due to low water levels in the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt oxbows, canoe and kayak rentals are closed until further notice. This notice will be removed when ren…

It's Back & Better Than Ever! Glow Wild 2017

Bring the whole family to an afternoon of food, fun, environmental education programming, drinks and live music – all illuminated by an evening bonfire.Date: …

Polk County Water Quality Monitoring Annual Report Released

The Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum (passed in 2012) has provided us with the necessary funding to undertake many significant water quality im…

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 24, 2017Summer Skills - Survival Hike

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your 10-16 year old to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. ...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017Summer Skills - Survival Hike - Canceled

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your 10-16 year old to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10. ...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017Nature Friends - Animal Homes

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. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Particip...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017Nature Playdate - Rock Hunt

Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery.  Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. We may be hiking, discovering life in a log or playing in the creek. This is a morning o...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - Friday, July 28, 2017Overnight Youth Caving Trip - Canceled

Join Polk County Naturalists and explore Iowa underground! Go caving, climbing, and hiking on an overnight trip to Maquoketa Caves State Park in Northeast, Iowa. Meals, transportation, tents, and camping fees provided. Participants must provide sleeping bag. Please note caving involves crawling thro...

Saturday, July 29, 2017Walk for Wildlife Hike

Join a naturalist for a hike to look for clues from animals that might call Brown's Woods their home.

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
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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