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
Sponsor at-risk youth or a therapy rider to attend summer horse camp 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.