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...
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.
View the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center's winter hours and equipment rental information.
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.
Join us as we continue efforts to restore native habitat and improve water quality in Easter Lake through the removal of invasive species.
Bundle up and join naturalists for a campfire program to learn about Iowa owls.
Polk County Conservation now offers 126 campsites for advanced reservations via MyCountyParks.com.
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and a limited number of poles will be provided. A limited number of snowshoes will also be available for participants to try. Participants over the age of 16 need a valid fishing license.
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!
Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy the Iowa winter. Become more comfortable and knowledgeable about the natural world by joining other women interested in getting outside in the winter. We'll end our hike with a glass of wine by the fire. Wear winter gear and warm boots.
Polk County Conservation was approached by the City of West Des Moines with plans to realign SE County Line Rd. The plans provide a tunnel for the Great Western Trail under the proposed new SE County Line Rd. alignment.
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside. Class will be canceled without 6 inches+ of snow.