Conservation
No Snow, No Problem
Conservation Promoted
No Snow, No Problem

Slide down a 600-foot-long hill tubing starting this spring at Sleepy Hollow.

read more

2/26/2024

A Day at Carney Marsh
Conservation Promoted
A Day at Carney Marsh

Listening to the sounds of nature one might hear while enjoying the beauty of Carney Marsh.

read more

9/27/2023

2023 Prescribed Burning Season
Conservation Promoted
2023 Prescribed Burning Season

Prescribed burn season is upon us! Our Natural Resource Crews will be conducting prescribed burning in our parks and trails as weather allows this week and extending through the spring season.

read more

3/27/2023

Homeschool Programs
Conservation Events
Homeschool Programs

Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is designed for homeschool students. Each month we will explore a new theme related to the natural world.

read more

3/1/2024

Homeschool Programs
Conservation Events
Homeschool Programs

Join us for a season of learning at the Jester Park Nature Center. This program series will be delivered in a flexible format that is designed for homeschool students. Each month we will explore a new theme related to the natural world.

read more

3/1/2024

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Secrets of the Underground
Conservation Events
Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Secrets of the Underground

Join assistant naturalist Julie McNeely for a presentation about the mystery of caves. We’ll learn about how they form and what lives in them. We will also hear the story of Floyd Collins; an American cave explorer that became trapped in a cave in the winter of 1925.

read more

3/5/2024

What is a Wetland?
Conservation News
What is a Wetland?

A wetland is an area of land that is continuously or periodically wet during the year. Also called swamps, marshes, bogs, or prairie potholes, Iowa was once dotted with thousands of wetlands.

read more

1/29/2024

Mindfulness and Movement
Conservation Events
Mindfulness and Movement

Sometimes we forget we are part of nature, sharing water and air with all other beings on the planet. Controlling our breath and moving our bodies in can bring back a connection with the natural world. This class will offer ways to connect with breath, body and the earth.

read more

3/5/2024

Timber Stand Improvement
Conservation News
Timber Stand Improvement

Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) is a form of restoration work that occurs in degraded woodlands with the goal of improving the quality of native tree and plant species. Often this involves reducing the quantity of trees, especially non-native varieties.

read more

1/22/2024

Toddler Tales
Conservation Events
Toddler Tales

Let your imagination run wild with this 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.

read more

3/7/2024

Thrills, Chills, And Gills
Conservation News
Thrills, Chills, And Gills

Ice fishing is a great way to take advantage of the cooler months and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, Polk County has resources for you to have a safe and satisfying experience.

read more

12/19/2023

Wild Night Life & Hike
Conservation Events
Wild Night Life & Hike

Join us for a campfire program about the wild night life in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal animals. Stay for s’mores!

read more

3/8/2024