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Admission into Jester Park
& the Nature Center is FREE

Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

The Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center, adjacent to the nature center, offers a wide range of outdoor programming through Polk County Conservation, rental equipment, and the Petra Alward Bouldering Room, allowing everyone access to outdoor adventure and fun!

ORWC CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Polk County Conservation has been providing access to the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center this summer and fall while the weather has been such that the overhead doors could be open to ensure proper ventilation in the facility. Now that the weather is getting cooler, these doors need to be closed. This factor, combined with the inability for the public to safely socially distance while using the climbing wall and archery/air rifle area, has led to our decision to close the facility on Monday, October 26th. We will continually monitor public health recommendations related to COIVD-19 and reopen the facility when it is safe to do so.

On a bright note, we will rent snowshoes and cross-country skis to the public when there is at least 6” of snow on the ground. Equipment can be rented from the Center seven days per week for a full day or half day when conditions are right. More details to come on this process so watch the Jester Park Nature Center website and Facebook page for updates.     

For more information, call: (515)-323-5330

HOURS OF OPERATION

Winter Hours (September 8, 2020 - October 25, 2020)
  • Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday & Open Holidays | Noon - 4 p.m.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
  • Thursday & Friday |10 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday | Noon - 4 p.m.
  • LABOR DAY (September 7) - Noon - 4 p.m.

Bouldering Wall

Jester Park's newest recreation feature, the Petra Alward Bouldering Room, is now to the public! The bouldering room is located inside the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center, adjacent to the nature center.

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals

Rent cross-country skis and snowshoes at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center when there is at least 6 inches of snow on the ground!

 

Indoor Archery & Air Rifle

Try your hand at air rifle and/or archery inside the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center on select days. 

Paddling Rentals

Rent summer equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center!