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

UPDATED: May 27, 2020 | In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, we have decided to close the doors of the Jester Park Nature Center to the public until the Polk County Health Department advises otherwise.

We are currently seeking local vendors for our Fall Makers Market - Locally Grown, Raised, Created! Interested? Read more. 

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.

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 details of the nature center include exposed timber trusses, floor to ceiling windows, limestone, high ledg ...

Friday, January 17 th The Jester Park Nature Center will be closing at noon.   Saturday, January 18 th Check the Jester Park Nature Center Facebook Page ( ) after 9 AM to see if there are closures at the nature center and Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center.   Sunday, January 19 th The Jester Park Nature Center and th ...

The Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center has added summer hours and has changed the minimum ages for the bouldering room and the indoor archery and air rifle range.


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 ...