Polk County Conservation

Golf for a Cause! Register your team for the 2019 Great Outdoors Foundation's Annual Golf Tournament at www.GreatOutdoorsFoundation.org.

Take a look at our many programs and events at the Jester Park Nature Center at www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com. [Photo by IRIS22 Productions LLC©]

Stay updated on park improvements to enhance recreation areas & wildlife habitat under the Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond link.

Rent outdoor equipment at Pingora Outdoors at Jester Park by calling them at (515) 323-5330. More info online at www.JesterParkNatureCenter.com.

Get outside and discover a Polk County Conservation park or trail near you! [Photo by Liz Gordon]

Check out our many upcoming events and programs under the "Calendar" tab!

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

Fall Nature News has Arrived

Polk County Conservation's Fall Nature News has arrived at the Jester Park Nature Center!  Check out the many public programs and events taking place this Septe…

Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route

In the spring of 2019, the bridge over Beaver Creek along the Trestle to Trestle Trail collapsed. Designs for the new Trestle to Trestle bridge are currently un…

Become a Friend of PCC Parks!

Love your local Polk County Conservation Park? Show your support and benefit from a yearly membership! Friends of Jester Park and Friends of Easter Lake Park …

Park & Trail Closures

Updated on August 5, 2019 For updates on Polk County Conservation park and trail closures due to flooding, please refer back to this post, as it will be updated…

Upcoming Events

For more information about upcoming events for Jester Park Nature Center, see our calendar.

Monday, September 23, 2019Fall Equinox Hike

Come learn about the fall equinox as we enjoy a walk around the pond and through the woodland at historic Fort Des Moines Park.  REGISTRATION: None COST: Free AGES: 5+

Saturday, September 28, 2019Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Polk County Conservation and the Iowa DNR Present the 11th Annual Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt This event will allow budding duck and goose hunters (youth ages 12 - 15) the opportunity to experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting in a safe and controlled environment. Participants must...

Saturday, October 5, 2019Fall Colors Hike

Observe the magnificent colors of autumn as we hike through the woods. We’ll also learn how to identify common woodland plants by their leaves, and collect fallen leaves to make a collective art project.  REGISTRATION: None COST: Free AGES: All ages welcome

Saturday, October 5, 2019Fall Fungi

Join the President of the North American Mycological Association for a fall fungi program in partnership with The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The program will begin at the Botanical Garden with an hour presentation covering common fall fungi identification and tips for finding them, followe...

Monday, October 7, 2019Nature Friends - Terrific Trees

Preschoolers Exploring Nature 3-5-year olds with an adult Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! 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 ...

Thursday, October 10, 2019Autumn Phenology Journaling

Do you like to draw and write about nature? If so, phenology journaling must be for you! Phenology is the study of seasonal phenomena, and we will be taking a closer look at all of the changes happening in the park this autumn. Journals and basic art supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring...

For more information about upcoming events, see our calendar.

Contact Us

Administration Office
12130 NW 128th St
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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