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Admission into Jester Park
& the Nature Center is FREE

Meeting/Event Space

Jester Park Nature Center Rental Fees

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 accepted as of January 2, 2019. Reservations can only be made six months prior to the reservation date.

View Rental Contract and Application Form here. 

*Application forms may be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed. However, payments for reservations cannot be accepted via e-mail. To pay with a credit card, please call (515) 323-5317 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday).

Tiered Reservation System Rates

PCC or Partner Agency (Environmental Non-Profit)

  • Rent - up to 6 months prior to reservation date; *Classrooms and Wellness Center can only rented up to 30 days prior to the reservation date M-F before 3 p.m.*
  • Rental fees are waived during business hours; After-hours Fees and Building Monitor rates apply

Non-Profit Agency/Service Clubs

  • Rent – up to 6 months prior to reservation date; *Classrooms and Wellness Center can only rented up to 30 days prior to the reservation date M-F before 3 p.m.
  • 50% off Private fee rates; After-hours Building Monitor rates apply

Private (Individual, Corporate, For Profits)

  • Rent – up to 6 months prior to reservation date; *Classrooms and Wellness Center can only rented up to 30 days prior to the reservation date M-F before 3 p.m.
  • Fees listed below; After-hours Building Monitor rates apply

Cleaning Fees        
Cleaning of the rented space is expected to be completed by the renter. The rented space should be returned to its original condition and set-up.  If cleaning is required to be completed by Polk County Conservation staff, a fee of $50 per hour will be charged.

VIEW THE BUILDING LAYOUT HERE

Location

Dimensions

Capacity

Rental Hours

Fee

Great Hall
& Terrace
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63’L x 26’W
23’x23’

75

After JPNC hours (see hrs.) – 10:00pm

$50.00/hr.

Classrooms
(All)*
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83’L x 26’W

113

9 am – 10 pm

$75.00/hr.

Classroom A*
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27’L x 26’W

38

9 am – 10 pm

$30.00/hr.

Classroom B*
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28’L x 26’W

37

9 am – 10 pm

$30.00/hr.

Classroom C*
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27’L x 26’W

38

9 am – 10 pm

$30.00/hr.

Board Room
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29’L x 13’W

14

Based on availability

$25.00/hr.

Wellness Center*
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3,925 sq. ft.

215

Based on availability

$75.00/hr.

Building Monitor

 

 

All after-hours & weekend rentals

$15.00/hr.

Rentals are limited to one event per space per day as we will not provide room turn-overs in the same day. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance of the reservation date. 

*Classrooms and Wellness Center are available for rent weekdays before 3:00 p.m. up to 30 days in advance. 

Rules and Information

General
Use of the Jester Park Nature Center shall be contained to the area rented and use of public rest rooms.  Other areas within the Nature Center shall not be utilized during the rental.  Any damage occurring during a private rental shall be billed at 100% repair/replacement cost with a 5% administrative fee.

Set-up/Tear-down
Renters of the Jester Park Nature Center shall be responsible for all set-up and tear down of the rental space. Polk County Conservation shall provide the space and available tables and chairs as a part of the rental.  Please note that Polk County Conservation does not have any linens, table covers, etc. If desired these shall have to be coordinated by the renter and a private company that provides these types of services.

Renters shall be responsible for setting up the room and returning the space to its original condition upon the conclusion of their event/use of the space.

Decorations
We welcome free-standing decorations only. No tacking, stapling, pinning, taping, or draping of decorations will be permitted. Candles must be contained in some kind of receptacle. The Nature Center does not allow balloons, confetti, silly string, or any other kind of decor that may linger after your event has ended. Nature Center displays, pictures, and taxidermy mounts may not be removed or covered.

A/V Equipment
Each classroom and the board room has a built in A/V system. Other areas within the Nature Center do not have these capabilities and if needed, are the responsibility of the renter.

Tables & Chairs
Tables and chairs are available for use with your room rental at no charge; depending on availability. Inventory includes: 150 chairs; 18- 6’ banquet tables (72”x30”); 10- 6’ seminar tables (72”x18”); 10-5’ round tables (60”).

Catering

At the Jester Park Nature Center, we do not have exclusive caterers. We feel the choices you make in selecting your caterers play a big part in managing your overall theme and budget. A catering kitchen is located in the lower level of the nature center and can be used in conjunction with your event. Appliances include a refrigerator/freezer, ice machine, microwave, and dishwasher.

The companies below are local caterers that we recommend and have experience with:

Alcohol
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed at the Nature Center.

Parking
Free onsite parking in the lots on the south side of the Nature Center are available but not designated during park hours.

Service Driveway
Caterers/Vendors may use the service driveway located on the east side of the Nature Center to unload their vehicles. We ask anyone using the drive to move promptly after unloading.

Other Rental Facilities at Jester Park

We understand that the Jester Park Nature Center may not be the most suitable location for upcoming event. Below is a listing of other rental facilities within the Jester Park campus.

Jester Park Lodge
Managed by Food with Flair Catering, the Jester Park Lodge is a unique destination for weddings, corporate retreats, and private parties. The venue is nestled in mature woodlands overlooking an expansive lawn with beautiful lake views. The Jester Park Lodge can seat over 250 guests with a beautiful, private deck overlooking Saylorville Lake. The indoor event space can be divided in half for smaller events. Facility rental prices change seasonally. For more information, visit their website here.

Jester Park Clubhouse
Surrounded by beautiful rolling greens, the Jester Park Golf Course Clubhouse is an excellent choice for your next corporate or holiday party, graduation party, reunion, or birthday! The clubhouse does not host weddings. This venue has a private entrance for events, a customizable floor layout that seats 100+ guests, full service bar and kitchen, and a private back patio with plenty of extra seating. For more information, visit their website here

Jester Park Equestrian Center
Jester Park Equestrian Center can be your go-to destination for your equestrian clinic, small show, conferences or other venue needs (ie: dog shows!). Our facilities were established in mind to host a plethora of groups and we are very accommodating and flexible for your needs. Utilize our indoor complex, outdoor arena, trail system or a combination of all of the above! For fees and rental information, visit their website here

Jester Park Shelters
Five open air picnic shelters can be rented from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., 7 days per week. All shelters are accessible and come with picnic tables and grills. Amenities such as electricity, water service, sand volleyball courts, and playgrounds can be found in or nearby certain shelters. For more information, visit the website here.