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  • Nature's Friends - Preschoolers Exploring Nature

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    NATURE'S FRIENDS - PRESCHOOLERS EXPLORING NATURE offers a chance for preschoolers to join a naturalist in a local park for a nature adventure. Nature adventures explore different nature topics through stories, sharing time, guided exploration and art activities. Snacks will be provided. Children must be 3-5 years of age and have an adult with them....


  • Nature's Story Hour

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    NATURE'S STORY HOUR offers an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from Polk County Conservation. Those attending are encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks. The program is offered free on select Wednesdays in the summer (visit website for more details). No registration is required. 


  • Nature Playdates

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    NATURE PLAYDATES offers youth the opportunity to explore, discover and play in selected local parks with a Polk County Naturalist (days and parks posted on the website). Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Activities vary by day, but could include hiking or looking at biodiversity in different natural settings (such as in a log or in a creek bed). ...


  • Junior Naturalist Program

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM allows anyone, ages 6-18, to enjoy the outdoors with professional guidance and family participation. The goal of this program is to encourage children and their families to participate in environmental education programs which will increase their knowledge and enjoyment of Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. There are t...


  • OWLS - Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    OWLS - OLDER, WISER, LIVELIER SENIORS offer programs to seniors to encourage them to get out and enjoy nature. The programs are held the first Tuesday of each month and will start at 11 am at the Jester Park Lodge. An optional luncheon follows the program at noon in which pre-registration is required. Registration deadline for lunch is the Friday b...


  • Environmental Education and Outdoor Recreation

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    JESTER PARK NATURE CENTER offers a place for both environmental education and outdoor recreational activities. Outdoor recreational opportunities include boating, hiking, camping, equestrian activities, playground and playscape areas for children to play in natural playgrounds where no metal or plastic were used to create the playground areas. Wint...


  • Horse Riding Lessons

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    JESTER PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTER offers horse riding lessons to anyone who is interested in learning. Lessons provide instruction on horse safety and communication, how to ride and how to groom, tack, and care for horses properly. Lessons are 1-hour long in length and can be either private one-on-one lessons or, if requested, small group lessons. Less...


  • Leisure Horse Riding

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    JESTER PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTER offers guided trail rides to anyone interested in riding horses. Unguided trail rides are offered for those who board horses at the Jester Park Equestrian Center or for those who want to bring their horses to enjoy the trails at Jester Park. For guided trail rides, there is a minimum age requirement of 8 years and olde...


  • Horses Helping Heroes

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    JESTER PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTER offers the Horses Helping Heroes program which is an equine assisted activity and therapy based, wellness and skill-set restructuring program for Veterans. The program is centered around Veteran men and women who may be homeless, struggling with substance abuse, PTSD or have experienced combat related trauma. The goal ...


  • Princess Adventures

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    PRINCESS ADVENTURES offers children ages 4-6 a chance to dress up as a princess (whatever that means to them) and participate in a nature activity. Also teaches the children about courageous woman from the past and provides a tea party with snacks. 


  • Polk County Conservation Parks

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION offers public parks for recreational use. Many parks offer trails for hiking or biking where available, playgrounds, picnic shelters and space for various outdoor activities.


  • Polk County Conservation Trails

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION offers trails for the public use in various locations around the Polk County area. Some trails are paved offering the opportunity for hiking, biking, skating and rollerblading, while some trails only offer hiking (due to sensitivity to erosion, unpaved trails may have restrictions such as no biking or horseback riding). Vis...


  • Environmental and Agricultural Services

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    Authorized to acquire, develop and maintain public parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreational centers, county forests, wildlife and other conservation areas. PCC encourages the orderly development and conservation of natural resources, and to cultivate good citizenship by providing adequate programs of public recreation. Environmental ed...


  • Senior Eco Bus Tours

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION offers Eco Bus Tours for Seniors. Each trip offers seniors a chance to explore Iowa and some of it's unique features. Trip fees include motorcoach transportation, meals, lodging if applicable and all tour fees. 


  • Summer Golf Camp

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    JESTER PARK GOLF COURSE offers a Summer Golf Camp to youth, ages 8-17, that are interested in learning how to play golf. Campers will learn fundamental skills such as full swings, chipping, pitching and putting. The camp is 6 days long and the final day of camp consists of a skills challenge on the Par-3 course, followed by a pizza party. Campers a...


  • Youth Nature Camps

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    YOUTH NATURE CAMPS are offered as day camps and are designed to encourage hands-on learning through outdoor explorations, activities, games, crafts, and more. Camps will be led by naturalists. Campers are asked to bring a water bottle and sack lunch for day long camps. Snacks will be provided.On-line registration open on March 7, 2020.Camps include...


  • Summer Horsemanship Day Camp

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    JESTER PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTER offers a summer camp that focuses on natural horsemanship and nature. Activities include learning to lead horses and ponies, riding bareback, trail and wagon rides, yoga, meditation, journaling and reflections, and nature hikes. Activities may change depending on staffing, weather, camper ages and/or safety reasons. 


  • Youth Corps

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    YOUTH CORPS gives teenagers opportunities to work in Iowa’s natural spaces while learning both professional and personal skills. Crews practice teamwork while completing conservation service projects like trail maintenance and invasive species removal. Corps members will receive a weekly stipend and leave with enhanced job skills and a greater envi...


  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION offers opportunities for volunteers to help with hands-on restoration and preservation of natural areas. Volunteers can also participate in ongoing construction and maintenance projects in parks, trails and waterways. All volunteers work alongside conservation professionals, learning about the Iowa landscape and participati...


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