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Admission into Jester Park
& the Nature Center is FREE

Paddling Rentals

Paddling rentals are available at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center, adjacent from the nature center. 

View the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center hours here.


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.

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

Canoes (passengers must fit in smallest life jacket: 40-50lbs) $10/per 2 Hours
Kayaks (ages 10+) $10/per 2 Hours
Stand Up Paddle Boards (ages 10+) $10/per 2 Hours

*Paddles & life jackets included in price. Life jackets only rate for those 40lbs or more. Please bring your own life jacket for those under 40lbs.

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