polk county conservation
Explore more than 14,000 acres of prairies, woodlands, parks, and trails!
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!
CURRENT FUNDING PROJECTS
SPECIFIC SUPPORT DONATIONS
HORSE INSPIRED WELLNESS
Sponsor at-risk youth, veterans or a therapy rider to attend a session at the Jester Park Equestrian Center. These programs promote character development, confidence, and physical and emotional wellness.
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.