News and Announcements
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.
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!
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...
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.
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!
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!
Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information for 2021
Download your Controlled Bowhunt Application for 2021. The bowhunt is limited to antlerless deer only, and will take place from from September 18, 2021– January 30, 2022.
Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute
UPDATE: August 5, 2021 | Oralabor Gateway Trail from Oralabor to NW 70th Street will be closed thru Fall 2021. This closure is due to the road widening of NW 26th project.
Trestle to Trestle Bridge to be Replaced in 2022
We are pleased to announce that funding for the Trestle to Trestle Bridge replacement has been secured. This bridge is the connector between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines and a key element of the very popular urban Trestle to Trestle Trail.
Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits
With help from the Great Outdoors Foundation, you can now invest in the environment and feel good about your choices with Conservation Credits.
Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community
Bird Friendly Iowa announced that Polk County is among the first counties in Iowa to be designated as a Bird Friendly Community.
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.