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

UPDATE: 1/11/2022 | 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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1/11/2022

Trail Work Underway at Brown's Woods, Easter Lake Park, & Yellow Banks Park
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Trail Work Underway at Brown's Woods, Easter Lake Park, & Yellow Banks Park

Park and trail users are asked to respect all trail closures and barriers during the month of January as work is underway to improve these areas.

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1/7/2022

Winter Hours & Rental Equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
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Winter Hours & Rental Equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

View the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center's winter hours and equipment rental information.

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12/20/2021

Ice Fishing
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Ice Fishing

Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and a limited number of poles will be provided. A limited number of snowshoes will also be available for participants to try. Participants over the age of 16 need a valid fishing license.

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1/22/2022

Women in the Woods with Wine - Snowshoeing
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Women in the Woods with Wine - Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the Iowa winter. Become more comfortable and knowledgeable about the natural world by joining other women interested in getting outside in the winter. We'll end our hike with a glass of wine by the fire. Wear winter gear and warm boots.

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1/22/2022

Cross County Ski Basics
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Cross County Ski Basics

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside. Class will be canceled without 6 inches+ of snow.

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1/23/2022

Where's Gigi the Groundhog?
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Where's Gigi the Groundhog?

In celebration of Groundhog Day, Gigi the groundhog will be hiding in a Polk County Conservation park to see if she can find her shadow.

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1/19/2022

Get Nutty with Squirrels
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Get Nutty with Squirrels

Celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation day with us as we learn about Iowa’s squirrels and their amazing adaptations for survival. We’ll even share some fun squirrely activities you can do at home!

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1/23/2022

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

Book Worms
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Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson once a month to discuss an environmentally themed book.

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1/27/2022

Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors - Polk County
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Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors - Polk County

This yearlong program is designed to create a community and support group, where individuals can engage with and learn from experienced hunting mentors in a safe, low-stress environment. Inexperienced participants are encouraged and welcome!

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1/13/2022

Nordic Trails Showcase
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Nordic Trails Showcase

Come show your appreciation for the volunteer efforts put in each year by the Des Moines Nordic Club, check out winter recreation available at Jester Park, and take part in skiing or snowshoeing. After your Nordic adventure, stay for a bonfire & hot chocolate!

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1/29/2022