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Covid-19 Updates & Operations
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Covid-19 Updates & Operations

UPDATE: 1/11/2022 | As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and adapt, Polk County Conservation continues to prioritize our employee’s health and public health...

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1/11/2022

Trail Work Underway at Brown's Woods, Easter Lake Park, & Yellow Banks Park
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Trail Work Underway at Brown's Woods, Easter Lake Park, & Yellow Banks Park

Park and trail users are asked to respect all trail closures and barriers during the month of January as work is underway to improve these areas.

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1/7/2022

Winter Hours & Rental Equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
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Winter Hours & Rental Equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

View the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center's winter hours and equipment rental information.

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12/20/2021

Knee-High Naturalists
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Knee-High Naturalists

Are you ready to get outside and explore? Come and hear a story followed by some outdoor fun! As naturalists we will hike, investigate, and navigate through the trails and grounds of Jester Park as we learn what makes the outdoors such an amazing place.

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1/19/2022

Canceled - Volunteer Stewardship Days at Easter Lake Park
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Canceled - Volunteer Stewardship Days at Easter Lake Park

Join us as we continue efforts to restore native habitat and improve water quality in Easter Lake through the removal of invasive species.

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1/19/2022

Owl Prowl
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Owl Prowl

Bundle up and join naturalists for a campfire program to learn about Iowa owls.

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1/21/2022

More Campsites are Now Available for Advanced Online Reservations
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More Campsites are Now Available for Advanced Online Reservations

Polk County Conservation now offers 126 campsites for advanced reservations via MyCountyParks.com.

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1/13/2022

Ice Fishing
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Ice Fishing

Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and a limited number of poles will be provided. A limited number of snowshoes will also be available for participants to try. Participants over the age of 16 need a valid fishing license.

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1/22/2022

Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors - Polk County
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Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors - Polk County

This yearlong program is designed to create a community and support group, where individuals can engage with and learn from experienced hunting mentors in a safe, low-stress environment. Inexperienced participants are encouraged and welcome!

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1/13/2022

Women in the Woods with Wine - Snowshoeing
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Women in the Woods with Wine - Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the Iowa winter. Become more comfortable and knowledgeable about the natural world by joining other women interested in getting outside in the winter. We'll end our hike with a glass of wine by the fire. Wear winter gear and warm boots.

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1/22/2022

Great Western Trail Tunnel
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Great Western Trail Tunnel

Polk County Conservation was approached by the City of West Des Moines with plans to realign SE County Line Rd. The plans provide a tunnel for the Great Western Trail under the proposed new SE County Line Rd. alignment.

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11/22/2021

Cross County Ski Basics
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Cross County Ski Basics

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside. Class will be canceled without 6 inches+ of snow.

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1/23/2022