Polk County Conservation

Get your tickets for Glow Wild 2018 at GlowWildIowa.com today!

The Jester Park Nature Center opens to the public on Wednesday, August 15!

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

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

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

Jester Park Nature Center Now Open

The Jester Park Nature Center is now open to the public. For more information about events, programs, and more at the Jester Park Nature Center, visit the websi…

Nature News Hot Off the Press!

Hot off the press! Take a look at our newest publication of Nature News for upcoming events and programs in our family of parks and trails and at the Jester Par…

Glow Wild 2018 Tickets on Sale Now

September 2, 2018 | 4- 10 PM Join us for great food, beer and wine, and plenty of crafts and activities for both kids and adults on Setpember 2 from 4 - 10 PM…

Park and Trail Closures

*August 13, 2018 UPDATE* Due to heavy rainfall in early July, the following trails, campgrounds, and areas within Polk County Conservation parks and trails have…

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 21, 2018Lavender & Loess Eco Bus Tour - FULL

Back by popular demand!  Venture with us to the rolling Loess Hills. Breathe in the fresh relaxing scent of lavender fields at Iowa’s only Lavender Farm.  Taste artisan cheeses from fresh goat’s milk at the Honey Creek Creamery. View the scenic Loess Hills at the Harrison Count...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018Happy Hour Harvest

Join Polk County Conservation one Tuesday evening each month on the Chichaqua prairie. We will be collecting seed from plants ready to harvest throughout the summer and fall. We will gather afterwards to cool down and relax with drink, appetizer and dinner specials Founders Irish Pub in Bondurant. N...

Thursday, August 23, 2018Grounding - Barefoot Walk in Nature

Research is finding that "grounding/earthing in nature," allowing skin to come in direct contact with the ground, has health benefits and can balance the body's central nervous system. Individuals with heightened sensory processing, such as those with autism, sometimes find the pr...

Thursday, August 23, 2018Shinrin Yoku Japanese Forest Bathing

Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku, or Japanese forest bathing, with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Integrative Medicine physician. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being. Pre-registration required; deadline is August 17. Minimum age 12. Fee...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018Villages of Van Buren County Eco Bus Tour - FULL

Step into the past with a tour of the Amish and Mennonite community in Van Buren County. The American Gothic House in Eldon will be our first stop. Our next stop, will be the Indian Artifact Museum and Bentonsport National Historic District. Lunch will at the  Sunrise Bakery –Amish sty...

Thursday, September 13, 2018Catfishing Basics

Come learn about the different kinds of catfish, how big they actually get, and tips on catching them. We will then fish the Des Moines River and try to catch catfish. Bait and poles will be provided but, feel free to bring your own gear. Fishing license is required for participants 16 years of age ...

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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