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Art Adventures
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Art Adventures

Go on an Art Adventure – visit parks and trails in Polk County with your treasure map in hand following clues to beautiful art pieces in nature! In celebration of Art Week (June 19-26)!

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5/28/2020

COVID-19 Operations Update
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COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATE: MAY 27, 2020 | Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.

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5/27/2020

Online Public Meeting  Des Moines River Activation & Possible Dam Modification Project
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Online Public Meeting Des Moines River Activation & Possible Dam Modification Project

The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, is hosting an online public meeting for the Des Moines River Activation and Possible Dam Modification Project.

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5/5/2020

Nature News Hot Off the Press
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Nature News Hot Off the Press

Hot off the press – the newest edition of Nature News is now available online! Find out what is going on in your favorite park and what events and programs are taking place May through August here.

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5/5/2020

Relying on Nature Through Polk County Conservation
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Relying on Nature Through Polk County Conservation

While the way we interact with others may be a little different right now in our world, the importance of getting outdoors and interacting with nature remains the same. Let nature become your refuge during this difficult time.

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4/24/2020

50 Years of Earth Day
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50 Years of Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, we are asking park patrons to bring a garbage bag and gloves to their favorite park or trail and help us keep these areas clean and prevent this waste from entering nearby waterways.

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4/24/2020

Remove Garlic Mustard & Make Delicious Pesto!
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Remove Garlic Mustard & Make Delicious Pesto!

Some invasives are actually quite tasty with the right recipe - like garlic mustard. Help us remove this invasive and feed yourself at the same time! Gather up what you want, take your harvest home, and make garlic mustard pesto.

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4/21/2020

Spring Caution on Wet Trails
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Spring Caution on Wet Trails

Spring rains and early morning condensation creates slick conditions on trails especially near intersections.... Cyclists should be extra cautious when these conditions are present. Stay safe and enjoy the trails!

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4/21/2020

Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route & Bridge Reconstruction
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Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route & Bridge Reconstruction

In the spring of 2019, the bridge over Beaver Creek along the Trestle to Trestle Trail collapsed. A reroute along the trail has been established until the new bridge is constructed.

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3/31/2020

Emergency Curfew Order for Polk County In Effect from 9 PM to 5 AM Until Further Notice Polk County Curfew