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COVID-19 Response | Nature Center Closed

March 23, 2020 

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of our visitors, program attendees, volunteers, and staff.
In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, we have decided to close the Jester Park Nature Center and the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center’s doors to the public through April 30th, as well as pause the majority of our public programming until the Polk County Health Department advises otherwise. While our building doors may be closed, our parks and trails will remain open!
Not Closed:
  • Polk County Conservation Parks & Trails
    • We do not recommend usage of park playground equipment at this time, as it is not santized. 
  • Cabin rentals and campground operations (groups less than 10 people) shall continue as planned with participants determining their level of involvement.
  • Campgrounds open for the season on April 1st. Showerhouses will open on or before April 15th.
Modified Operations:
  • Jester Park Golf Course 
    • Limited indoor use, no loitering in the clubhouse, food and beverage available for carryout only.
Closed to the Public:
  • Jester Park Equestrian Center - closed thru Thursday, April 30
    • Scheduled Equine Assisted Psychotherapy programs will be modified to meet social distancing requirements and gatherings.
  • Jester Park Nature Center - closed thru Thursday, April 30
  • Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center - closed thru Thursday, April 30
  • Shelters & Rental Facilities - All private building rentals at the Nature Center, Chichaqua Bottoms Longhouse, and park shelters shall be cancelled. Please contact us for more information regarding your reservation. 
  • Group Campsites- All group sites are closed.
Public Programming & Volunteer Events:
  • All indoor and outdoor programs are cancelled until April 30, 2020. All pre-registration fee based programs will be refunded.
    • Some programs will be streamed live via Facebook. Follow the Jester Park Nature Center Facebook page or Events Calendar, along with Polk County Conservation Calendar of Events for these public live streaming programs. 
Please continue to check back for updated postings and announcements. 
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