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The Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center will be open for extended hours over Spring Break (March 14 - 18) from noon - 4 p.m. For pricing and more information, click here.

The Jester Park Nature Center’s locally grown, raised, & created Fall Makers Market is a perfect opportunity for you to support local merchants in a beautiful park setting. Join us on Sunday, November 20, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger to shop for gifts or goods just in time for the holiday season! While there, explore the nature center ...

Polk County has consistently followed CDC recommendations related to masking and social distancing. Beginning on Monday, February 28 masks will   no longer   be required in Polk County Conservation buildings. Those facilities include:  Jester Park Nature Center Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center  Natural Resources Headquarters Note that a mask require ...

"Art has the power to inspire us in times of adversity, and the ability to teach our society that even in times of ugliness, beauty is still all around." – River Mural Artist, Jan Hutchison
 
We hope you enjoy the latest art installation, the River Mural, located on the floor at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center!

Tune into Polk County Conservation's Facebook page Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. for a live educational program!

The upper level of the nature center will showcase a new, unique travelling exhibit this March! Snakes, Rattles and Holes consists of a 69 foot long, 10 foot high plywood rattlesnake model.

Located outside the Jester Park Nature Center along the streamscape path, you will find decorative leaf towers that are designed to honor a special person, family, company, or a loved one that has passed. 

Happy New Year! The Jester Park Nature Center & Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center are closed on January 1, 2020. ...

Polk County Conservation and The Galleries at Jester Park Nature Center are pleased to present,  Artists in the Making . This art exhibition highlights the work of University of Northern Iowa artist, Holly Majerus & North Polk 7th grade.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 9, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Galleries at Jester Park Nature Center.  FREE to the ...

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 which begins at 1 p.m. Take part in FREE climbing, archery, demos/presentations, and Dutch oven dessert ...