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Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Program Cancelled for Season
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Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Program Cancelled for Season

Due to lingering drought and resulting low water levels at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, we are suspending the Controlled Waterfowl Hunting Program for the remainder of the 2021 season.

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10/19/2021

Fall Makers Market - Locally Grown • Raised • Created
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Fall Makers Market - Locally Grown • Raised • Created

Join us on Sunday, November 21, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger to shop for gifts or goods just in time for the holiday season!

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10/13/2021

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

UPDATE: 8/9/2021 | 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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8/18/2021

VTO Restoration Days at Chichaqua
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VTO Restoration Days at Chichaqua

Come spend your volunteer time outside alongside PCC staff collecting native prairie seed ready to harvest.

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10/20/2021

Reptiles of Iowa
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Reptiles of Iowa

Celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day with us as we discuss the reptiles that call Iowa home. Learn about some of the cool adaptations reptiles have to survive. You’ll also get to meet a live snake and turtle.

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10/21/2021

VTO Restoration Days at Chichaqua
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VTO Restoration Days at Chichaqua

Come spend your volunteer time outside alongside PCC staff collecting native prairie seed ready to harvest.

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10/22/2021

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks
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Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks

We are excited to welcome Sleepy Hollow to Polk County Conservation’s family of parks and trails! Sleepy Hollow is a 76-acre sports and family recreation complex located on the east side of Des Moines. Learn more!

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9/10/2021

Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing
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Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing

Explore the natural healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Crystal Berkens or Brandy Case Haub, certified forest guides. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being.

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10/22/2021

September - December Nature News is Here
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September - December Nature News is Here

Find volunteer programs, public programming, events, and more in our September - December Nature News! See what's going on in a PCC park or trail near you!

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8/9/2021

Bat House Building
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Bat House Building

Currently bat populations are decreasing. Help them out by building a bat house to give them a safe place to live and breed. A naturalist will give a short presentation about bats before we begin construction.

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10/23/2021

Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information for 2021
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Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information for 2021

Download your Controlled Bowhunt Application for 2021. The bowhunt is limited to antlerless deer only, and will take place from from September 18, 2021– January 30, 2022.

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8/5/2021

Bats! Creatures of the Night
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Bats! Creatures of the Night

Are they blind? Do they really suck blood and turn into vampires? Come learn the truth about this “grossly" misunderstood animal. Learn how to deal with them when they become an unwanted houseguest and find out what you can do to help protect this beneficial species.

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10/23/2021