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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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CURRENT INSTALLMENT: INSPIRED BY NATURE Polk County Conservation and The Galleries at Jester Park Nature Center are pleased to present,  Inspired by Nature . This art exhibition highlights the work of local photographers from Cameras for Conservancy, a Des Moines-based pho ...

The Jester Park Nature Center’s Locally Grown, Raised, & Created Fall Makers Market is a handcrafted marketplace where you can support local merchants in a beautiful park setting.

Join us on Sunday, November 24, from Noon – 5 p.m. at the nature center to shop for gifts or goods just in time for the holiday season! While there, explore the nature center’s exhibits and if weather allows, relax on the back patio in an Adirondack chair by the fireplace.