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Jester Park Nature Center Updates

Important information regarding the nature center, events, and programming will be found here. 

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.

Cross-country skis will be unavailable for rent on Saturday, January 26 as they will be in use for our Cross-Country Skiing Basics program. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Snowshoes will still be available for rent at Pingora Outdoors at Jester Park in the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center. Rental information can be found here

Glow Wild 2019 at the Jester Park Nature Center  August 24, 2019 | 4 - 10 PM Hosted by Polk County Conservation and Cumulus Media, this family friendly-event is fun for all ages! Glow Wild is held at the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger, Iowa right outside of the Des Moines metro area. Join us for live music by the Georgia Satellites with local Des Moines band, Suede, ...

Looking for a venue for your next corporate or personal event in a beautiful park setting? Consider the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger, Iowa! The Jester Park Nature Center is an eco-conscience building immersed in prairie and surrounded by woodlands. The nature center offers many different areas of the building for your next event. Rental reservations are now being acce ...

The Jester Park Nature Center will not open its doors to the public on a daily basis until Wednesday, August 15th, so that all construction activity can wrap up and clear the area. We apologize for this inconvenience, but care about your safety.

Shine or rain (in this case), ground was officially broken for the Jester Park Nature Center on March 29, 2017.