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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

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

No Snow, No Problem
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No Snow, No Problem

Slide down a 600-foot-long hill tubing starting this spring at Sleepy Hollow.

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2/26/2024

Nature Discovery Camp
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Nature Discovery Camp

Discover the wonders of nature and unlock some of nature’s mysteries. How does a snake catch it’s food? Can a lizard really regrow its tail? Whose footprints were left in the mud? Bring your nature detective skills for two days of discovery.

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6/17/2024

Jr Horse Adventures Camp (ages 5-7)
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Jr Horse Adventures Camp (ages 5-7)

Discover nature and horsemanship at Jester Park Equestrian Center! Our beginner-friendly camps are a great introduction to horses while exploring the outdoors.

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6/17/2024

Shooting Camp
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Shooting Camp

This camp will introduce participants to the lifelong sport of target shooting. We'll learn the basics of archery, air rifle and even throw atlatls. On day two we'll visit the Butch Olofson Shooting Range where we'll practice our skills using .22 rifles and 20 gauge shotguns.

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6/17/2024

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

Hike for Health at Easter Lake
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Hike for Health at Easter Lake

Why walk the mall when you can enjoy the great outdoors? Hike along with this friendly group of nature lovers who walk the trails each month for exercise and fun.

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6/17/2024

2024 Prescribed Burning Season
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2024 Prescribed Burning Season

Prescribed burn season is upon us! Our Natural Resource Crews will be conducting prescribed burning in our parks and trails as weather allows this week and extending through the spring season.

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2/27/2024

Jr Horse Adventures Camp (ages 5-7)
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Jr Horse Adventures Camp (ages 5-7)

Discover nature and horsemanship at Jester Park Equestrian Center! Our beginner-friendly camps are a great introduction to horses while exploring the outdoors.

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6/18/2024

What is a Wetland?
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What is a Wetland?

A wetland is an area of land that is continuously or periodically wet during the year. Also called swamps, marshes, bogs, or prairie potholes, Iowa was once dotted with thousands of wetlands.

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1/29/2024

Princess Adventures - All About Birds
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Princess Adventures - All About Birds

Do you know a child who loves princesses? Want to encourage them to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Children, ages 4-6, are invited to the park in “princess attire,” (whatever that means to them.)

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6/18/2024