Educating the public about conservation and outdoor recreation is a key component of our mission statement. Naturalists conduct programs and provide valuable resources and information to the public.

Polk County Conservation strives to host inclusive, accessible events and meetings that enable all individuals to participate. If you anticipate needing a modification due to a disability or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at 515-323-5300 or

Schedule a Program

Polk County Conservation offers nature programming for preschools, elementary, middle and high schools, youth groups, civic organizations, etc. Naturalists will come to your site to provide programming or meet your group at a Polk County park or trail. Most programs are hands-on and interactive.

Request a Program

Download the Program Request Form, fill it out, and email it to or call Patrice Petersen-Keys at 515-323-5359.

Our schedule fills up quickly in the fall and spring, so schedule early. Please call at least one week in advance prior to your preferred program time.

Program Fees

  • For-Profit Organizations: $1/person or $25 minimum
  • All Other Programs: FREE

Annual Reports

Polk County Conservation's Environmental Education unit is involved in many different activities and projects throughout the year. View out our annual reports below for more information.