Polk County Conservation

Visit your Polk County family of parks to see summer at its finest.

It's back & better than ever! Glow Wild 2017 tickets are now on sale at www.GlowWildIowa.com

Reserve your campsite at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Jester, Thomas Mitchell, or Yellow Banks Park at www.MyCountyParks.com (Photo: Kayla Shepherd)

Check out the PCC calendar of events for a variety of activities and programs this season!

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

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Check the calendar of events for upcoming field 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

Ask a PCC Naturalist

We were at the Des Moines Farmer's Market on August 5, and you had questions for our naturalists! Polk County Conservation Naturalist, Heidi has your answers. …

Closures and Reroutes

Below are current park and trail closures and reroutes: Great Western Trail Re-route Begins on July 28 Development work near the Great Western Trail will resul…

Nature News- Hot Off the Press!

The newest edition of Nature News is now available online! Find out what is going on in your favorite park and what events and programs are taking place Septem…

It's Back & Better Than Ever! Glow Wild 2017

Bring the whole family to an afternoon of food, fun, environmental education programming, drinks and live music – all illuminated by an evening bonfire.Date: …

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 21, 2017Solar Eclipse Party

For the first time in almost 40 years a total solar eclipse will be visible in the continental United States. Here in Des Moines, a partial eclipse covering most but not all of the sun will occur. A partial solar eclipse is dangerous to look at without protection for your eyes. Stop by Fort Des Moin...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017Foraging for Mushrooms

This program will cover proper Identification of your most basic edible mushrooms of Iowa.  We will also focus on what time of year to start looking for specific species of Mushrooms.  Proper meal preparation will be discussed and recipes will be shared. Once the informational aspect of th...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017Nature Friends - Nutty Squirrels

Join a naturalist in a nature adventure for 3-5 year olds and an adult! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Particip...

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Sunday, August 27, 2017Pedaler's Jamboree

The Pedaler's Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non-riders alike! Get a ticket for a weekend bicycle ride full of adventure or a non-rider ticket for the main stage festivities in Bondurant on August 26th. We will be visiting the Chichaqua Valley Trail (CVT) and it'...

Saturday, August 26, 2017Monarch Tagging

Come learn about one of the world’s most talked about butterflies and what makes them so unique! We will also try our hand at catching and tagging monarchs as they migrate back to their winter home in Mexico.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017Explore LeClaire & Herbert Hoover Historical Site Eco-Bus Trip

Explore the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Herbert Hoover National Park in West Branch.  Learn about the 31st president of the United States, his work ethic and the appreciation for nature he developed during his formative years in West Branch. Our journey continues east t...

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

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

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