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Admission into Jester Park
& the Nature Center is FREE

Plan Your Visit

The Jester Park Nature Center is a significant tourist attraction, welcome center, portal to Polk County's family of parks, and Jester Park's new front porch. Tourists, students, educators, families, and others can connect through this center to the natural playscape, bison and elk exhibit, restored woodlands, Saylorville Lake, and a network of nature trails that immerse people back into nature.  

 Please, no pets, except for service animals.

We love our pets, that’s why we care about their safety. The Jester Park Nature Center does not allow animals (except service animals) into the building, as we have live animals within our exhibits for educational purposes, host field trips with small children, and conduct live animal programs. The nature center is a public facility and we want to respect our visitors and maintain a safe environment for everyone.

Admission into Jester Park & the Nature Center is FREE. 

Nature Center Hours

View the hours of operation here.


The Jester Park Nature Center features three main habitat exhibits along with other interactive learning exhibits.

Things To Do

The Jester Park Nature Center is a focal point within our community where recreation, education, tourism and conservation efforts all intersect into a gathering place for people of all ages to engage in the natural world.

The Art of Jester Park & Polk County Conservation

Park visitors can experience a myriad of art that educates, inspires, informs and arouses their curiosity about our natural world.

Location & Maps

The Jester Park Nature Center is located at 12130 NW 128th Street in Granger, Iowa. Right in the heart of Jester Park. 

Meeting/Event Space

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.

Commemorative & Memorial Gifts

Located outside the Jester Park Nature Center along the streamscape path, you will find decorative leaf towers that are designed to honor a special person, family, company, or a loved one that has passed. Customized 3.5” x 2” stainless steel plaques are adhered to one of the leaves upon purchase.  PURCHASE YOUR PLAQUE TODAY Customized 3.5” x 2” stainless steel plaques are a ...

Indoor Portrait Photography Policy

The Jester Park Nature Center is a unique and beautiful location for photography. Our Indoor Photography Policy is designed to ensure all guests – those taking photos and those who are not – have a positive experience during their visit.

Indoor portrait and commercial photography (amateur or professional) at the Jester Park Nature Center will only be allowed during non-public hours. This includes posed photography of individuals, families, Quinceañera, prom or other school dances, high school senior photos, engagement and wedding photography, or any other formal photos of individuals or groups.