The Jester Park Nature Center reopened to the public with limited hours, modified accommodations, and restrictive guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.
Donations are being sought to create a lithic (stone) artifact exhibit at the Jester Park Nature Center to educate visitors about Iowa's archaeological past.
We are excited to announce our management and the grand opening of the Lauridsen Skatepark on May 22, 2021. The 88,000 square feet attraction will showcase Olympic caliber park and street courses.
Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is going virtual. Join us as we explore the public art located throughout PCC’s parks and facilities, the artists that created them, and the stories behind their work.
Let your imagination run wild with this virtual nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.
Spring is near with the arrival of red-winged blackbirds, killdeer, and waterfowl in March. Learn what birds are the first to return in the spring and how they know when to migrate. We’ll also discuss why Iowa is a hot spot for migrating birds.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 19, 2021 | Jester Park Nature Center, parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.
Sneaky little leprechauns have hidden 10 special shamrocks on the trails around the Jester Park Nature Center. See how many you can spot, snap a picture, and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!
Gigi the Groundhog will be hiding in a different Polk County Conservation park each week during the month of February in search of her shadow.
Join a naturalist for a hike looking for early signs of spring. Dress for the weather.
Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center, adjacent from the Jester Park Nature Center. The cross-country ski rental includes skis, boots, and poles. Poles and boots are NOT included with your snowshoe rental.
Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the hidden pots of gold, collecting candy and prizes along the way. Keep an eye out for leprechauns along the way!