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Trestle to Trestle Bridge Replacement Begins
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Trestle to Trestle Bridge Replacement Begins

We are excited to announce that construction for the Trestle to Trestle Bridge replacement has begun. This bridge is the connector between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines and a key element of the very popular urban Trestle to Trestle Trail.

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6/10/2022

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

UPDATE: 2/28/2022 | 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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6/10/2022

Foragers & Hikers - Garlic Mustard Being Sprayed with Herbicide
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Foragers & Hikers - Garlic Mustard Being Sprayed with Herbicide

We are starting to apply herbicide in various parks to slow the spread of the invasive species, Garlic Mustard.

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6/10/2022

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Gym-N-Eat Crickets
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Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Gym-N-Eat Crickets

After moving back home to Iowa in 2017 and helping on the family farm, Shelby Smith was encouraged by her dad to find an obscure niche other than the traditional farming markets of corn and soybeans. On January 1, 2018, she landed on crickets and the rest is history.

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7/5/2022

Dinosaur Discovery Camp
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Dinosaur Discovery Camp

Mastodons, mammoths, and prehistoric sharks…oh my! Learn about the creatures that roamed the water, land, and skies of Iowa millions of years ago. Come and dig for fossils, hike the trails, and swoop into a variety of games, crafts, and activities.

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7/6/2022

Nature Playdate
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Nature Playdate

Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a PCC 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.

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7/6/2022

Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community
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Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community

Bird Friendly Iowa announced that Polk County is among the first counties in Iowa to be designated as a Bird Friendly Community.

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6/10/2022

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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7/7/2022

Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits
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Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits

With help from the Great Outdoors Foundation, you can now invest in the environment and feel good about your choices with Conservation Credits.

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6/10/2022

Horses Helping Heroes
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Horses Helping Heroes

Horses Helping Heroes is a free equine assisted therapy program for military Veterans.

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7/7/2022

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks
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Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks

We are excited to welcome Sleepy Hollow to Polk County Conservation’s family of parks and trails! Sleepy Hollow is a 76-acre sports and family recreation complex located on the east side of Des Moines. Learn more!

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6/10/2022

Fireflies by Firelight
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Fireflies by Firelight

Bring the kids out for a night of catching (and releasing) fireflies. Learn more about the life of a firefly and why they flash.

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7/8/2022