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Covid-19 Updates & Operations
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Covid-19 Updates & Operations

UPDATE: 1/11/2022 | As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and adapt, Polk County Conservation continues to prioritize our employee’s health and public health...

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1/11/2022

Trail Work Underway at Brown's Woods, Easter Lake Park, & Yellow Banks Park
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Trail Work Underway at Brown's Woods, Easter Lake Park, & Yellow Banks Park

Park and trail users are asked to respect all trail closures and barriers during the month of January as work is underway to improve these areas.

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1/7/2022

Winter Hours & Rental Equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center
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Winter Hours & Rental Equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

View the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center's winter hours and equipment rental information.

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12/20/2021

Nordic Trails Showcase
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Nordic Trails Showcase

Come show your appreciation for the volunteer efforts put in each year by the Des Moines Nordic Club, check out winter recreation available at Jester Park, and take part in skiing or snowshoeing. After your Nordic adventure, stay for a bonfire & hot chocolate!

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1/29/2022

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Climate for Change
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Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Climate for Change

Join Ty Smedes as we discuss the challenges faced by many creatures, as we highlight several local and global success stories and consider the need for environmental sustainability.

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2/1/2022

Volunteer Stewardship Days at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
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Volunteer Stewardship Days at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt

Join us as we continue efforts to restore native habitat and improve water quality in Chichaqua through the removal of invasive species.

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2/2/2022

Where's Gigi the Groundhog?
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Where's Gigi the Groundhog?

In celebration of Groundhog Day, Gigi the groundhog will be hiding in a Polk County Conservation park to see if she can find her shadow.

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1/19/2022

Groundhog Hike
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Groundhog Hike

Can they really forecast an early spring? Do they actually hibernate? Why do we celebrate groundhogs day anyway? So many questions surround this little rodent. We will uncover all the truths during this fun and hands on hike on the day we celebrate its existence.

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2/2/2022

More Campsites are Now Available for Advanced Online Reservations
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More Campsites are Now Available for Advanced Online Reservations

Polk County Conservation now offers 126 campsites for advanced reservations via MyCountyParks.com.

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1/13/2022

Toddler Tales
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Toddler Tales

Let your imagination run wild with this nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.

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2/3/2022

Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors - Polk County
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Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors - Polk County

This yearlong program is designed to create a community and support group, where individuals can engage with and learn from experienced hunting mentors in a safe, low-stress environment. Inexperienced participants are encouraged and welcome!

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1/13/2022

Fitness in the Park
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Fitness in the Park

Join trainers from Fitness Nomad, a mobile personal training business, at a monthly fitness class on the first Thursday of every month! The 45-minute class will focus on a full body strength and functional fitness work out.

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2/3/2022