Fort Des Moines Park

Education at Fort Des Moines Park

A 1.5 acre native Iowa tree arboretum enhances park aesthetics and education opportunities. This self-guided nature activity has tree markers which offer easy identification. The arboretum contains 44 trees well suited for planting in central Iowa. An outdoor classroom is located near shelter #3.

Polk County Conservation naturalists offer nature programs at Fort Des Moines Park. To request a Nature News to learn about upcoming programs at Fort Des Moines and other parks in Polk County send an email to and put ADD TO MAILING LIST in the reference line.