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Welcome to Polk County Conservation! We invite you to explore over 11,000 acres of prairie, wetlands, woodlands, trails and parkland. 

Polk County Conservation offers year-round educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and trips to the public. Allow us to provide you with beautiful parks and wildlife areas, along with educational experiences that will add to your knowledge about conservation and the protection of Polk County's natural heritage.

We have something for everyone. Plan a family picnic, golf 18 holes on a championship course, canoe down the river, reel in a trophy fish, ride horseback along Saylorville Lake, utilize public hunting area, or get some exercise biking on a multi-use trail.

The Polk County Conservation Board's mission is to provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and long term protection of Polk County's natural heritage.

Contact Information:
Polk County Conservation Administration Offices
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, Iowa 50109
Phone: (515) 323-5300
Fax: (515) 323-5354
Email: pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov
Website: www.leadingyououtdoors.org

Activities in Polk County

Visitors to Polk County parks enjoy a variety of great activities within their parks. Here is just a sampling:

  • Camping
  • Hiking & biking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Numerous hunting & fishing opportunities
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Educational programming
  • Equestrian trails & camping
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Horseback riding

Many of our events are free and open to the public. Those programs and events that require advance reservations can be found on this website. A "Learn How to" instruction sheet can be found by following this link: Learn How to Register for a Public Program  More information on our educational programs, events, camps and trips can be found on our website calendar at Polk County Conservation calendar.

Facilities in Polk County

Many facilities are available for public use within the Polk County Park system.

  • 19 open shelters in five parks
  • Jester Park Lodge
  • Jester Park Amphitheater and Mini Shelter
  • Jester Park Cabins
  • Chichaqua Longhouse
  • Numerous campsites in four parks

View of Des Moines River from Yellow Banks Park
Heron
Columbine
Skunk River Oxbows at Chichaqua



Parks in Polk County



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Beaver Creek Greenbelt Polk 9631 NW 121St
GrangerIA50109 Map Location
Brown's Woods Polk 195 SE Brown's Woods Ct.
West Des MoinesIA50265 Map Location
Carney Marsh Polk 698 SE 54th St.
AnkenyIA50021 Map Location
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Polk 8700 NE 126 Avenue
MaxwellIA50161 Map Location
Chichaqua Valley Trail Polk 8123 NE 88th St
BondurantIA50035 Map Location
Easter Lake Park Polk 2830 Easter Lake Drive
Des MoinesIA50320 Map Location
Engeldinger Marsh Polk 11821 NE 118 AVE.
MaxwellIA50161 Map Location
Fort Des Moines Park Polk 7200 SE 5th St
Des MoinesIA50315 Map Location
Four Mile Creek Greenbelt parking Polk 3769 NE 54th Ave
Des MoinesIA50317 Map Location
Gay Lea Wilson Trail Polk University Avenue
Pleasant HillIA50317 Map Location
Great Western Trail Polk George Flagg Parkway
Des MoinesIA50321 Map Location
High Testle Trail Polk 804 W 1st St
AnkenyIA50023 Map Location
Jester, Lewis A., Park Polk 11407 NW Jester Park Drive
GrangerIA50109 Map Location
Mally's Weh-Weh-Neh-Kee Park Polk 6200 NE Berwick Dr.
BerwickIA50032 Map Location
Polk County Education Programs Polk 11407 NW Jester Park Drive
GrangerIA50109 Map Location
Sycamore Trail Polk 2309 Euclid Ave
Des MoinesIA50310 Map Location
Thomas Mitchell Park Polk 4520 NE 108 St.
MitchellvilleIA50169 Map Location
Trestle to Trestle Trail Polk 2309 Euclid
Des MoinesIA50310 Map Location
Yellow Banks Park Polk 6801 SE 32nd Ave.
Pleasant HillIA50327 Map Location


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