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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

Become a Friend of Jester Park and receive discounts on campsites, fee-based programs, rental equipment like canoes and kayaks, and more! 



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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Polk County Conservation is seeking proposals for exhibition in the galleries at the Jester Park Nature Center. The Galleries at the Jester Park Nature Center offers the opportunity for local art to be displayed and made available for sale to park visitors. Architectural de ...

Cross-country skis will be unavailable for rent on Saturday, January 26 as they will be in use for our Cross-Country Skiing Basics program. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Snowshoes will still be available for rent at Pingora Outdoors at Jester Park in the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center. Rental information can be found here