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! Discover a Polk County Conservation park or trail near you this winter!

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

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 PM! Activities will take place…

Park & Trail Closures

UPDATED: APRIL 19th 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 in…

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…

Jester Park Nature Center Facility Rentals

Looking for a venue for your next corporate or personal event in a beautiful park setting? Consider the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger, Iowa! The Jester P…

Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019Step Back in Time Bus Tour

Journey back in time as we visit the Amish & Mennonite community in Jamesport, Missouri. Antiques store, quilt store, Amish bakery, bulk food grocery store and quality furniture store are just of the few of the places we will tour. Lunch will be served family style at the local Mennoni...

Saturday, April 27, 2019Mystery and History Hike

Take a hike with a naturalist as they lead you through this beautiful park. Along the hike, we will discuss the history of the park and unravel a few of its mysteries along the way. Hike will be about a 2-mile loop and require beginner to moderate hiking ability. FREE. No registration required.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Sunday, May 5, 2019Upper Iowa River Weekend Kayak Adventure

Float past beautiful limestone bluffs as you kayak down this crystal clear waterway. We will depart Jester Park and head for Chimney Rock Campground, set camp and eat lunch before taking on the river. Experienced and trained naturalists will lead you on a 3-4 hour paddling trip before returning to c...

Saturday, May 4, 2019Trails 101 Workshop

The 2019 Trails 101 Workshop series is devoted to volunteer care of natural/hiking trails and in preparation for National Trails Day on June 1st. In this series, you will learn the nuts and bolts of trail building and maintenance, and how to apply that knowledge to volunteer workdays on your favorit...

Monday, May 6, 2019Nature Friends - Wiggly Squiggly

Preschoolers Exploring Nature Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds and an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines ...

Tuesday, May 14, 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...

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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