Located in the state’s most populated county, Polk County Conservation manages 21+ parks, wildlife areas, and recreational trails. Polk County Conservation offers the public year-round education and recreation programs, volunteer opportunities, and trips. Explore and learn about Iowa’s natural heritage at the Jester Park Nature Center, plan a family picnic, golf 18 holes on a championship course or miniature golf course, canoe or kayak down the river, reel in a trophy fish, ride horseback along Saylorville Lake, use public hunting areas, bike on multi-use trails, and more!



Sponsor a Veteran, senior community visit or youth education session at Jester Park Equestrian Center. These programs promote self-discovery, confidence and emotional wellness with horses.

School Bus Field Trip Scholarships

Help bring local students outside for naturalist-guided field trips where they take part in activities like hiking, fishing, canoeing, geocaching, and conservation.

Environmental Education Programming

Sponsor a program or special event that encourages people of all ages to get outdoors and learn more about our natural world. Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, bird watching, and camping are just a few programming ideas that get people outdoors.