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Monitoring Water Quality at Easter Lake
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Monitoring Water Quality at Easter Lake

During the summer recreation season, Polk County Conservation staff are regularly monitoring the water in Easter Lake, taking samples weekly for testing. Every week on Thursday or Friday, weekly results will be posted here.

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7/22/2024

Plotting a Comeback
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Plotting a Comeback

Growing, harvesting rare native plants

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6/25/2024

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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5/31/2024

Horse Adventures Camp (ages 8-12)
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Horse Adventures Camp (ages 8-12)

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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7/22/2024

Shooting Camp
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Shooting Camp

This camp will introduce participants to the lifelong sport of target shooting. We'll learn the basics of archery, air rifle and even throw atlatls. On day two we'll visit the Butch Olofson Shooting Range where we'll practice our skills using .22 rifles and 20 gauge shotguns.

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7/22/2024

Hike for Health at Fort DSM
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Hike for Health at Fort DSM

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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7/22/2024

Flooding Closures 2024
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Flooding Closures 2024

Recent heavy rain has caused flooding at various sites across Polk County Parks.

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6/27/2024

Botany Camp
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Botany Camp

It's time to geek out about plants! We’ll take a hike to uncover the amazing diversity of plants and trees in the park, discover what flowers look like under a microscope, and even try water color painting with plant paint.

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7/23/2024

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

Summer Skills at Jester Park
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Summer Skills at Jester Park

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities that can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Sign-up for one or the entire series.

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7/23/2024

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

Sunset Yoga
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Sunset Yoga

Take time to unwind as the sun sets on the outdoor plaza or the Great Hall of the Jester Park Nature Center. The class will begin with a short nature hike to give participants a chance distress and enjoy the beauty of nature. The yoga class is perfect for beginners.

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7/23/2024