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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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5/31/2024

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

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

National Trails Day
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National Trails Day

Polk County Conservation and Green Iowa AmeriCorps invite you out for a day of volunteerism and celebration to lend a hand improving the trails at Easter Lake Park before gathering for an afternoon of food, fun, and community in celebration of National Trails Day!

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6/15/2024

Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)
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Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic horseback trail ride!

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6/15/2024

Canoe Basics
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Canoe Basics

Learn the basics of canoeing on Jester Park’s Discovery Pond! We will discuss gear, technique, and safety before getting out on the water to practice our skills. All equipment will be provided.

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6/15/2024

Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve
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Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve

Fun ways to enjoy Strasser Woods State Preserve.

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4/26/2024

Native Plant Sale
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Native Plant Sale

Polk County Conservation and Prairie Landscape of Iowa are teaming up to offer two native plant sales this year. All plant species for sale are native to Iowa, and once established, require minimal care while providing numerous benefits to our local wildlife and landscapes.

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6/15/2024

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

Nature Discovery Camp
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Nature Discovery Camp

Discover the wonders of nature and unlock some of nature’s mysteries. How does a snake catch it’s food? Can a lizard really regrow its tail? Whose footprints were left in the mud? Bring your nature detective skills for two days of discovery.

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6/17/2024

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

Jr Horse Adventures Camp (ages 5-7)
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Jr Horse Adventures Camp (ages 5-7)

Discover nature and horsemanship at Jester Park Equestrian Center! Our beginner-friendly camps are a great introduction to horses while exploring the outdoors.

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6/17/2024