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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 is currently open only for cross-country ski and snowshoe rental - Wednesday-Sunday

The OWRC will be open and taking equipment reservations January 27-31, 2021.

The Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center's climbing wall and archery/air rifle range is currently closed in the winter months. This is due to the inability for the public to safely socially distance while using the climbing wall and archery/air rifle area. The climbing wall, shooting range, and watercraft rentals is scheduled to reopen Memorial Day weekend.

To reserve equipment or for more information, call: (515)-323-5330

 

HOURS OF OPERATION

Winter Hours for Ski & Snowshoe Rental (pending 6" of snow or more)
  • Wednesday-Sunday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
  • Thursday - 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!