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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

Owl Prowl
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Owl Prowl

After a brief discussion around the campfire about these flying predators of the night, we’ll go for a hike and learn how to call three different species of owls.

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10/28/2021

Brown's Woods Seed Harvest
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Brown's Woods Seed Harvest

Join Stewards of Browns Woods to help harvest golden glow seed from this woodland. Meet the Stewards at the old Brown’s Woods parking lot (41.541520, -93.708507). Bring work gloves, water, boots or shoes that can get dirty.

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10/30/2021

Spooky Spiders
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Spooky Spiders

Spiders are the most commonly feared and misunderstood creatures in this world. Discover how spiders are actually fascinating animals, including their unique adaptations and the important role they play in ecosystems. We’ll even get to meet the JP Nature Center’s resident spider.

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10/30/2021

Water in Campgrounds
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Water in Campgrounds

We are continuing to monitor the weather on a weekly basis to determine when the water in the campgrounds will need to be turned off.

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10/27/2021

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Senior - Tree Talk
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Older, Wiser, Livelier, Senior - Tree Talk

Trees are fascinating organisms that provide us with many benefits. In Iowa, we are not known for our forested areas but we will dive deeper into what types of forest landscapes we find here, the risks our forests are facing, and how to identify common Iowa trees.

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11/2/2021

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

Toddler Tales
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Toddler Tales

Let your imagination run wild with this nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.

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11/3/2021

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

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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11/3/2021