Polk County Conservation

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

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!

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

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

Don't let the cold keep you inside. 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

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…

Temporary Park Closures and Access

*January 17, 2019 UPDATE* Following the late recession of the Saylorville Lake flood and the recent thaw, we will be unable to remove snow from some gravel, low…

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…

Nature News Hot Off the Press!

The January - April 2019 Nature News has arrived! Inside you will find a complete list of our events and programs from environmental education, recreation and …

Upcoming Events

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

Sunday, February 17, 2019Tracks & Scat

Join a naturalist to explore off the beaten path as we search for signs of wildlife in this beautiful forest. FREE. No registration required.

Saturday, February 23, 2019Antler Shed Hunt

Learn tips on finding shed antlers and then head outside to find sheds that have been hidden around the park just for you! FREE. No registration required.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019VTO Woodland 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 provide those within their ranks with a unique way to create positive impact within their community. If your organization offers ...

Thursday, February 28, 2019Book Worms

Join our book club with Naturalist Heidi Anderson to discuss The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllenben. Pre-registration required; deadline is February 26. Fee: $5. To register, click here.

Saturday, March 2, 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...

Thursday, March 21, 2019Nature Hike

Spring season has arrived! Explore the visible changes that can be seen in animal behaviors and plant life. This adventure shows how a forest bursts alive with wildlife, excitement and activity. FREE. No registration required.

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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