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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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5/3/2022

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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2/28/2022

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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2/14/2022

Nature's Story Hour
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Nature's Story Hour

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring your family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a PCC naturalist. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.

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6/1/2022

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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6/2/2022

Horse Whispers in the Woods
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Horse Whispers in the Woods

A women’s circle of self-discovery through the intuitive and healing power of horses. This on-the-ground workshop provides a real-time experience in relationship skills and increased emotional intelligence through a partnership with the horse.

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6/2/2022

Prescribed Burning Season
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Prescribed Burning Season

Prescribed burn has begun in Polk County Conservation’s parks and trails. Natural resource crews will be conducting prescribed burning as weather allows from March 28 – May 15.

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3/29/2022

Fishing Basics
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Fishing Basics

Learn about the different kinds of fish in Iowa, fishing safety, casting, and how to tie a hook. It is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa so no license is needed. Bait and poles will be provided. Feel free to bring a chair to sit in.

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6/3/2022

More Campsites are Now Available for Advanced Online Reservations
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More Campsites are Now Available for Advanced Online Reservations

Polk County Conservation now offers 126 campsites for advanced reservations via MyCountyParks.com.

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1/13/2022

Guided Trail Rides
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Guided Trail Rides

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic trail ride! You will be guided by our knowledgeable wranglers and taken care of by our string of beginner-friendly horses. We will ride through the timber of Jester Park and take in the picturesque views.

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6/3/2022

Great Western Trail Tunnel
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Great Western Trail Tunnel

Polk County Conservation was approached by the City of West Des Moines with plans to realign SE County Line Rd. The plans provide a tunnel for the Great Western Trail under the proposed new SE County Line Rd. alignment.

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11/22/2021

Guided Trail Rides
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Guided Trail Rides

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic trail ride! You will be guided by our knowledgeable wranglers and taken care of by our string of beginner-friendly horses. We will ride through the timber of Jester Park and take in the picturesque views.

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6/3/2022