Polk County Conservation

Get outside and discover a Polk County Conservation park or trail near you! Explore the 'Parks & Trails' tab.

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

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

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. View the calendar of events for upcoming work days and events.

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

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

COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATED: March 27, 2020  Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of our visitors, program attendees, volunteers, and staff.…

Saylorville Lake Levels Rising

Saylorville Lake is projected to go to 848’ on March 25th. Lakeshore roads and trails will be the only things affected in Jester Park. The Lincoln Access Boat R…

Watch Environmental Education Programs on Facebook Live!

Tune into Polk County Conservation's Facebook page Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. for a live educational program! These digital programs are being offered as an alt…

Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center Updates

The Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center has added summer hours and has changed the minimum ages for the bouldering room and the indoor archery a…

Upcoming Events

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

Saturday, May 16, 2020Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing

Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Brandy Case Haub, a certified forest guide.  This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. REGISTRATION: https://...

Thursday, May 28, 2020Rock, Planes & Prairies Bus Tour

Visit the original Freedom Rock and hear the history of the site from the artist, Bubba Smith. Tour the historical aviation museum and the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame. Enjoy lunch at Hotel Greenfield followed by a tour of the restored Opera House. Stroll through the prairie and sculpture trail at the...

Friday, May 29, 2020 - Sunday, May 31, 2020Waterfall Canyon Hike & White Water Rafting Trip

Starved Rock State Park in Illinois is unlike any park you will ever visit in the midwest. We will spend an entire day exploring this amazing park as we hike trails that wind us through 18 towering canyons and lead us to over a dozen breathtaking waterfalls. We will stay two nights in the beautiful ...

Monday, June 1, 2020 - Friday, June 5, 2020St Croix River Kayak Trip

Join us for a paddling adventure down the beautiful St Croix River in Wisconsin, one of the last undisturbed tributaries remaining in the Upper Mississippi River watershed. We will camp three nights by the river and paddle three days on this amazing National Scenic Riverway. Kayaks, paddles and life...

Saturday, June 6, 2020Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing

Explore the ancient healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Brandy Case Haub, a certified forest guide. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being. REGISTRATION: https://bit.ly/2sURN8P DEADLINE: Register online by Thursday, Ju...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020Cruisin' Into Summer Bus Tour

Kick off the summer touring the largest RV manufacturing plant in Iowa, Winnebago Industries. Enjoy lunch at the new Forest City Visitor Center.  In the afternoon, travel to Clear Lake and tour the historic Surf Ballroom.  Listen to a local expert weave the story of water quality successes...

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
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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