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Admission into Jester Park
& the Nature Center is FREE

Preschool Programs

Polk County Conservation offers a variety of programs designed specifically for young children. Programs are offered to youth four years old and older. Please do not include younger children in the program. We also provide programs for older students as well.

A professional naturalist will gear the nature topic to the age of the group. These programs may include a story, felt board, puppets, touch/feel time, and a live animal. We will travel to your site or you may come to one of our county parks.

How to Schedule a Visit

To schedule a program or field trip, please open and download the Program Request Form,complete and email it to or call Patrice Petersen-Keys at (515)323-5359. Our schedule fills up quickly in the fall and spring, we encourage you to schedule programs early in the year. We ask that you call at least one week in advance prior to your preferred program time.

The number of programs you schedule are unlimited, but there is a fee of $1 dollar per student with a $25 minimum for each program.

Program Listing

Winter Prep - Learn what animals are doing to prepare for the long, cold winter months.

Eggciting Facts - Discover a wide variety of animals that develop from eggs.

Birds of a Feather - Students will fly into the bird world and learn that birds have feathers and wings.

What’s a Habitat? - Let’s talk about habitats! Learn where animals live and why they live there.

Frog Hop - Students will have a hoppin’ good time as learn about frogs. A live animal will be used if available.

“S” is for Snake, “T” is for Turtle - Students will get up close and personal with a live snake and/or turtle.

Nature Hike - Discover what’s going on in the forest. Students will learn about woodland habitats and wildlife. Hike will take place outdoors.

Busy Bees - Students will become bees and learn why and how bees dance.

Bug Me - Explore the fascinating world of insects and their bizarre ways of life. A live insect will be used if available.

Spiders - Learn how spiders are different than insects and why they build webs. A live spider will be used if available.

Tricky Tracks - Identify common animal tracks. Students will make their own animals tracks.

Seeds - Experience the awakening of life as students pretend to be a seed. We’ll discuss what seeds need to grow.