Polk County Conservation

Stay updated on park improvements to enhance recreation areas & wildlife habitat under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link. [Photo by Bryan Conley Photography]

The Jester Park Nature Center's hours have changed for the season. View them online at www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com.

Discover a Polk County Conservation park or trail near you this fall! [Pictured: The new pedestrian bridge over Easter Lake along the Mark C. Ackelson Trail.]

Check out our many upcoming events and programs under the "Calendar" tab! [Photo by Bryan Conley Photography]

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

Become a Friend of Jester Park

Friends of Jester Park is a collaborative program of Polk County Conservation and the Great Outdoors Foundation that provides more opportunities for outdoor fun…

Water at Campgrounds

UPDATED: OCTOBER 15 Water in the campgrounds and parks will remain on through October 22nd. On this day, a decision will be made for the following week. Another…

Park and Trail Closures

*October 9, 2018 UPDATE* The following trails, campgrounds, and areas within Polk County Conservation parks and trails have been closed or are currently affecte…

Mark C. Ackelson Trail Bridge Plaques

The 6.2-mile Mark C. Ackelson Trail winding around Easter Lake provides an ideal place for outdoor recreation and scenic views for park visitors. Cycling, skat…

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 20, 2018Moonlight Seed Harvest

Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Polk County Conservation for the 3rd annual Moonlight Seed Harvest at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt! Volunteers will hand harvest native prairie under the near-full Hunter's Moon. Seed collected will be used to diversify and expand the prairie at C...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018**OCT 9th CANCELED* Happy Hour Harvest

Join Polk County Conservation one Tuesday evening each month on the Chichaqua prairie. We will be collecting seed from plants ready to harvest throughout the summer and fall. We will gather afterwards to cool down and relax with drink, appetizer and dinner specials Founders Irish Pub in Bondurant. N...

Friday, October 26, 2018VTO Days - Prairie

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 ...

Saturday, October 27, 2018R.I.P. Hike

Thomas Mitchell Park is the final resting spot of Dewitt Devotie. Who was he and why is he buried in the park? We’ll hike to his gravestone to pay our respects and try to unravel this eerie mystery. FREE. No registration required.

Friday, November 2, 2018VTO Days - Prairie

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 ...

Saturday, November 3, 2018Get Nutty

Come learn more about nuts and the trees they come from as we enjoy one of the new Yellow Banks Trails. We might also learn a few other interesting facts about nuts from around the world. FREE. No registration required.

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar.

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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