Polk County Conservation

National Trails Day

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You’re invited to help support our treasured public trails; to give back, learn and celebrate National Trails Day at Jester Park.

Polk County Conservation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and REI West Des Moines invite you, your friends and family out to celebrate our 2nd Annual National Trails Day with a day of trail maintenance, “History of Iowa Trails” presentation, free food and beverages, live music and more at Jester Park.

Spend the afternoon participating in trail maintenance with other outdoor enthusiasts. Afterward, grab some tacos from Tacopocalypse and a brew specially crafted by Peace Tree Brewing Co. for National Trails Day. Then kick back and settle into REI’s Camp Lounge to hear Andrea Boulton of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation present on the  rich history of Iowa’s trail systems followed by live music with Adam Bruce. Look forward to yard games and giveaways which will be taking place as well as free tent camping at Jester Park available on Saturday for all registered volunteers.

A special thanks to Peace Tree Brewing Co. and Tacopocalypse for their support and sponsorship.

Schedule of Events:

  • 12:30 p.m. – Sign In

  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Trail maintenance – we will clear overlook areas, re-surface trails and repair erosion structures.

  • 4:45 p.m. - Peace Tree Brewing Co. Beer specially brewed for National Trials Day and local food from Tacopocalypse (for registered volunteers)

  • 5:15 p.m. -  “History of Iowa’s Trails” presented by Andrea Boulton of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - Snacks, live music, giveaways and yard games.

**Public is invited to attend live music and “History of Iowa Trails” presentation. Free camping and food is for registered volunteers.   


No experience necessary, all equipment provided. Families welcome. Registration required for the meal and camping; please indicate if you will camp that evening at sign-in. Registration is limited to the first 90 people. Early registration is recommended. Deadline is June 1. To register, click here. Contact Melissa Schmeling at melissa.schmeling@polkcountyiowa.gov with any questions or concerns. 

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What is National Trails Day?

Check out Adam Bruce’s music here!


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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