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Monitoring Water Quality at Easter Lake
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Monitoring Water Quality at Easter Lake

During the summer recreation season, Polk County Conservation staff are regularly monitoring the water in Easter Lake, taking samples weekly for testing. Every week on Thursday or Friday, weekly results will be posted here.

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7/11/2024

Plotting a Comeback
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Plotting a Comeback

Growing, harvesting rare native plants

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6/25/2024

Construction Roundup: Summer Projects
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Construction Roundup: Summer Projects

This summer Polk County Conservation Parks are getting upgrades! As the temperature increases, stay informed on all the projects and closures happening in the parks.

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5/31/2024

Kayak Basics
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Kayak Basics

Learn the basics of kayaking. We will discuss gear, technique, and safety before hitting the water to practice our skills. All equipment provided. Dress to get wet, wear sturdy water shoes, and bring a towel.

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7/13/2024

Pond Study
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Pond Study

Join us to discover what lives in and around a pond! All equipment will be provided.

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7/13/2024

Junior Naturalist Camp
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Junior Naturalist Camp

Do you know a child who loves the outdoors? Campers will spend go fishing, canoeing, hiking, geocaching, building campfires and more while exploring the outdoors. On the last day of camp, campers will receive a badge and certificate.

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7/15/2024

Flooding Closures 2024
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Flooding Closures 2024

Recent heavy rain has caused flooding at various sites across Polk County Parks.

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6/27/2024

Horse Adventures Camp (ages 8-12)
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Horse Adventures Camp (ages 8-12)

Discover nature and horsemanship at Jester Park Equestrian Center! Our beginner-friendly camps are a great introduction to horses while exploring the outdoors.

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7/15/2024

Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve
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Scavenger Hunt at Strasser Woods State Preserve

Fun ways to enjoy Strasser Woods State Preserve.

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4/26/2024

Summer Skills at Jester Park
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Summer Skills at Jester Park

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities that can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Sign-up for one or the entire series.

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7/16/2024

Invasive Buy Back Program
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Invasive Buy Back Program

Polk County Conservation is implementing a Callery (Bradford) Pear and Burning Bush “buy-back” program for residents of Polk County, Iowa.

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4/19/2024

Women in the Woods with Wine - Geocaching
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Women in the Woods with Wine - Geocaching

Geocaching is a fast-growing sport that's akin to a modern-day treasure hunt. This fun activity will exercise both mind and body. Come learn what geocaching is all about while enjoying a glass of wine.

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7/16/2024