Polk County Conservation

Glow Wild 2019 Tickets are on sale now! Purchase yours at www.GlowWildIowa.com

Take a look at our many programs and events at the Jester Park Nature Center at www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com!

Stay updated on park improvements to enhance recreation areas & wildlife habitat under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Rent summer equipment at Pingora Outdoors at Jester Park by calling them at (515) 323-5330. More info online at www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com.

Spring is here! Get out and discover a Polk County Conservation park or trail near you!

Check out our many upcoming events and programs under the "Calendar" tab!

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming work days and events.

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

Nature News Hot off the Press

Our May - August 2019 Nature News is hot off the press! View our digital copy below, or visit the Jester Park Nature Center to pick up a physical copy for yours…

Easter Lake Park Celebration & Mark C. Ackelson Trail Grand Opening

Celebrate the long-awaited grand re-opening of Easter Lake Park with us on Sunday, June 23 from 1 - 5 p.m. Activities will take place on the lake'…

Park & Trail Closures

UPDATED: June 10 For updates on Polk County Conservation park and trail closures due to flooding, please refer back to this post, as it will be updated as infor…

Glow Wild 2019 Tickets On Sale Now

Hosted by Polk County Conservation and Cumulus Media, this family friendly-event is fun for all ages! Glow Wild is held at the Jester Park Nature Center in Gran…

Upcoming Events

For more information about upcoming events for Jester Park Nature Center, see our calendar.

Monday, June 17, 2019Hike for Health

Why walk the mall when you can be enjoying the great outdoors? Hike along with this friendly group of nature lovers who walk the trails each month for exercise and fun. FREE. No registration required.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019VTO Restoration Days

Many amazing local companies, organizations, and schools offer Volunteer Time Off (VTO) as an added benefit for their workforce. This provides an excellent opportunity to offer those within their ranks with a unique way to create positive impact within their community. If your organization offers VT...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019Lures & Lunch

Bring your lunch and fishing gear as we visit a different Polk County pond each month during the summer to see what is biting. Bait and poles will be provided but, feel free to bring your own as well. Fishing license is required for participants over 16 years of age. FREE. No registration required. ...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019Nature's Story Hour - Insect Safari

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children. FREE. No registration required.

Friday, June 21, 2019Summer Solstice Hike

Come enjoy the longest day of sunlight on a hike to one of the highest locations in Polk County. We’ll watch the sunset and learn about a few plants and animals along our hike. FREE. No registration required.

Saturday, June 22, 2019Paddle the Boone River

Join Polk County Conservation Naturalists on a day float of the beautiful Boone River. We’ll depart from the Outdoor Rec. and Wellness Center at Jester Park at 8:00 am and travel by van to our launch point just South Webster City. Expect three to four hours of paddling, river flow dependent, w...

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar.

Contact Us

Administration Office
12130 NW 128th St
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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