Polk County Conservation

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

Check out the PCC calendar of events for a variety of activities and programs this spring!

Wells Fargo volunteers lending a hand in our county parks. Check the calendar of events for upcoming volunteer field days and events.

Park improvements are taking place throughout the county. Keep up-to-date on all projects under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

The Jester Park Equestrian Center is gearing up for wamer weather ahead. Keep updated on all events and things to do by visiting www.polkcountyiowa.gov/equestriancenter

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

Ankeny Section of Gay Lea Wilson Trail to Temporarily Close for Repairs

A half mile section of the Gay Lea Wilson trail in the southern portion of Ankeny beginning at Polk County Road NE 19th Ln and extending south to the Carney Mar…

Fishing at Fort Des Moines to Reopen

The fishery at Fort Des Moines Park has been restored following pond restoration efforts to improve water quality and long-term sustainability of fishing. Pleas…

Easter Lake Life Jacket Loan Program

Keep it fun and safe out on the water this summer! Opening Memorial Weekend, life jackets will be available at the Easter Lake Beach. The public is welcome to u…

May - August 2015 Nature News Just Released!

Click here to view the newly released May - August 2015 Nature News newsletter. This newsletter highlights the latest Conservation news, events, and stories.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 23, 2015Music in the Park

Join us for Music in the Park with ‘An Evening’ - A Tribute to John Denver.  An Evening consists of Dustin West on guitar/vocals, Chris Harman on guitar/vocals, and Dorothy Harman on percussion/vocals. The group came together with a shared interest in the music of the late John Denv...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015Iowa Made Bus Trip - FULL

Journey from prairie to a tour of a farm implement factory. Enjoy a European style lunch at a Galleria De Paco which features a replica painting of the Sistine Chapel by a local artist. Tour via a trolley ride of one of the most environmentally sound tractor production facilities in North America. A...

Monday, June 01, 2015Nature Friends - Fishing

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds with an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Fee: $7/program. Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five diffe...

Tuesday, June 02, 2015OWLS - Why Plant Native in Butterfly Gardens

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, enjoy a good meal, and learn about the exciting world of nature? Then join us! These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month. The nature program will start at 11:00 a.m. at the Jester Park Lodge. An optional luncheon fol...

Tuesday, June 02, 2015Design your own Butterfly Garden

In this hands on workshop, you will learn how to select native plants for the garden, design a planting map for your butterfly garden, and learn native plant garden management strategies that helps keep your neighbors happy with the results. We will also be providing free pollinator friendly plants!...

Tuesday, June 02, 2015Kayak Basics

Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water. All equipment is provided. Pre-registration required; deadline is May 29. Minimum age 14. Fee: $10. To register, c...

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

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

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