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Admission into Jester Park
& the Nature Center is FREE

Gateway to the Outdoors



The Jester Park Nature Center serves as one of Iowa's leading nature centers - a gateway to experience Iowa's natural environment. 




Pingora Outdoors at Jester Park


Rent summer and winter equipment like canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, cross-country skis, snowshoes, and more at Pingora Outdoors at Jester Park, located inside the Outdoors Recreation and Wellness Center.


Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

Friends of Jester Park

 Your membership support provides
supplemental funds needed for operations to keep Jester Park beautiful and enhance conservation and outdoor recreation programming.



Friends of Jester Park

Visit Our Family of Parks




Jester Park is just one of 21 parks, trails, and wildlife areas managed by Polk County Conservation. Visit Polk County Conservation's website to discover another park near you! 




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News & Announcements

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Hours at the Jester Park Nature Center have changed for the season to the following:  Monday - Friday | 9 AM - 4 PM Saturday | 10 AM - 4 PM Sunday & Open Holidays |  Noon - 4 PM Please remember that a nimals are not allowed inside the Jester Park Nature Center. Servi ...

Hot off the press! Take a look at our newest publication of Nature News for upcoming events and programs in our family of parks and trails and at the Jester Park Nature Center from September - December 2018.