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.
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2022 Fall Makers Market | November 20, 2022
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 ...
Covid-19 Updates & Operations
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 ...
Mural Makes Rivers Come Alive at Jester Park
Watch Environmental Education Programs on Facebook Live!
Tune into Polk County Conservation's Facebook page Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. for a live educational program!
Snakes, Rattles, & Holes Exhibit
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.
Leaf Recognition Towers
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.
Closed New Year's Day
Happy New Year! The Jester Park Nature Center & Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center are closed on January 1, 2020. ...
Artists in the Making Gallery Opening Reception
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 ...
Bouldering Wall Grand Opening
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 ...