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Monitoring Water Quality at Easter Lake
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Monitoring Water Quality at Easter Lake

During the summer recreation season, Polk County Conservation staff are regularly monitoring the water in Easter Lake, taking samples weekly for testing. Every week on Thursday or Friday, weekly results will be posted here.

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7/11/2024

Plotting a Comeback
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Plotting a Comeback

Growing, harvesting rare native plants

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6/25/2024

Construction Roundup: Summer Projects
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Construction Roundup: Summer Projects

This summer Polk County Conservation Parks are getting upgrades! As the temperature increases, stay informed on all the projects and closures happening in the parks.

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5/31/2024

Volunteer Trail Construction at Easter Lake Park
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Volunteer Trail Construction at Easter Lake Park

Join us for a morning of teamwork, conservation, and community as we continue building a new and improved trail at Easter Lake Park.

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7/18/2024

Survival Camp
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Survival Camp

Set your kid’s imagination and adventurous spirit free as they learn about the natural environment and important survival skills. Activities range from plant identification, animal tracking study, and survival skills like fire and shelter building.

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7/18/2024

Summer Skills at Jester Park
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Summer Skills at Jester Park

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities that can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Sign-up for one or the entire series.

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7/18/2024

Flooding Closures 2024
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Flooding Closures 2024

Recent heavy rain has caused flooding at various sites across Polk County Parks.

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6/27/2024

Prairie Stomp Music Series
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Prairie Stomp Music Series

Join us on the back patio of the Jester Park Nature Center for our 2024 Prairie Stomp Summer Music Series beginning on June 20. Each month, through August, a local, Iowa band will kick off the evening with live music. Thelma’s will also be selling ice cream on site.

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7/18/2024

Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve
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Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve

Fun ways to enjoy Strasser Woods State Preserve.

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4/26/2024

Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)
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Guided Trail Rides (9:30am, 11am & 2pm)

Come saddle up and join us in the great outdoors for a scenic horseback trail ride!

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7/19/2024

Invasive Buy Back Program
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Invasive Buy Back Program

Polk County Conservation is implementing a Callery (Bradford) Pear and Burning Bush “buy-back” program for residents of Polk County, Iowa.

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4/19/2024

Family Fun Night
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Family Fun Night

Gather your friends and family together for a night of fun at Jester Park’s Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center. Opportunities will be available for bouldering (age 4+) and archery (age 10+). A variety of games will be available.

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7/19/2024