Conservation
Long-anticipated bridge over Beaver Creek opens along Trestle to Trestle Trail.
Conservation Promoted
Long-anticipated bridge over Beaver Creek opens along Trestle to Trestle Trail.

A major artery between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines is once again flowing with cyclists and walkers.

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9/15/2022

Seeking public input on proposed mountain bike park and related re-zoning.
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Seeking public input on proposed mountain bike park and related re-zoning.

View virtual presentation on the project.

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9/8/2022

Striving to make Easter Lake Park's north shore the most accessible park in America.
Conservation Promoted
Striving to make Easter Lake Park's north shore the most accessible park in America.

$8.1 million park enhancements will offer universal access to nature, recreation for people of all abilities.

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7/13/2022

Wild Night Life & Hike
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Wild Night Life & Hike

Join a naturalist on hike without flashlights as we search for nocturnal creatures that call the park home.

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9/30/2022

14th Annual Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt
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14th Annual Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Budding duck and goose hunters will experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting in a safe and controlled environment.

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10/1/2022

Fall Wagon Rides
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Fall Wagon Rides

Come out to Jester Park Equestrian Center and enjoy a fun group or family outing as a team of draft horses pull your open wagon down the beautiful timber trails of Jester Park. Horse Drawn Wagon Rides are great for all ages.

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10/1/2022

Trestle to Trestle Bridge Replacement Begins
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Trestle to Trestle Bridge Replacement Begins

We are excited to announce that construction for the Trestle to Trestle Bridge replacement has begun. This bridge is the connector between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines and a key element of the very popular urban Trestle to Trestle Trail.

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8/29/2022

Volunteer Restoration Days - Prairie
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Volunteer Restoration Days - Prairie

Spend time in your local prairies for the benefit future habitat restoration projects this fall season!

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10/4/2022

Prescribed Burning Season
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Prescribed Burning Season

Prescribed burn has begun in Polk County Conservation’s parks and trails. Natural resource crews will be conducting prescribed burning as weather allows from starting the third week of August.

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8/16/2022

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Green Eating
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Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Green Eating

How we eat and what we eat can take a huge toll on our environment. We’ll dive into what a food print is and what it takes to reduce it. Learn more about the importance of buying local food and how you can support local growers.

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10/4/2022

Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community
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Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community

Bird Friendly Iowa announced that Polk County is among the first counties in Iowa to be designated as a Bird Friendly Community.

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6/10/2022

Knee-High Naturalists
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Knee-High Naturalists

Are you ready to get outside and explore? Come and hear a story followed by some outdoor fun! As naturalists we will hike, investigate, and navigate through the trails and grounds of Jester Park as we learn what makes the outdoors such an amazing place.

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10/5/2022