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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. 



Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

The Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center offers a wide range of outdoor programming through Polk County Conservation, rental equipment, and the Petra Alward Bouldering Room.



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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On November 24, from 1-3 p.m. join us to celebrate the grand opening of Jester Park’s newest recreation feature, the Petra Alward Bouldering Room! Located in the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center. Petra herself will be in attendance at the opening ceremony ...

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 ...