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Jester Park Nature Center Closed Until Further Notice
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Jester Park Nature Center Closed Until Further Notice

The Jester Park Nature Center will remain closed until further notice to align with Polk County’s COVID public facility operations plan. However, the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center is open due to the open air nature of this facility.

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8/4/2020

Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information
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Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information

This fall, special use permits allowing bowhunters to participate in a controlled bowhunt for antlerless deer will be issued by the organizations listed at the bottom of this information.

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8/4/2020

COVID-19 Operations Update
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COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATE: JULY 27, 2020 | Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.

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7/27/2020

Summer Skills - Kayaking
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Summer Skills - Kayaking

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to kayaking. Youth will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water.

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8/4/2020

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Ice Age Iowa - CANCELLED
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Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Ice Age Iowa - CANCELLED

Learn about what Iowa was like during the last "ice age" and how people adapted to the conditions. Cherie Haury-Artz Education Assistant with the Office of the State Archaeologist will share a display of a sample of real and replica artifacts from relevant time periods.

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8/4/2020

Lunch and Lures
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Lunch and Lures

Bring your lunch and fishing gear as we visit a different Polk County pond each month during the summer to see what is biting. Bait and poles will be provided but, feel free to bring your own as well. Fishing license is required for participants over 16 years of age.

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8/4/2020

Canoes Rentals at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt are Currently Suspended Due to Low Water
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Canoes Rentals at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt are Currently Suspended Due to Low Water

CANOE RENTALS AT CHICHAQUA ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL WATER LEVELS ARE BACK UP

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7/11/2020

Ice Age Iowa - CANCELLED
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Ice Age Iowa - CANCELLED

Learn about what Iowa was like during the last "ice age" and how people adapted to the conditions. Cherie Haury-Artz Education Assistant with the Office of the State Archaeologist will share a display of a sample of real and replica artifacts from relevant time periods.

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8/4/2020

Lauridsen Skatepark Update
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Lauridsen Skatepark Update

View the latest construction update on the Lauridsen Skatepark here!

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6/18/2020

Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing
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Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing

Explore the natural healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Crystal Berkens, a certified forest guide. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being.

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8/4/2020

Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route & Bridge Reconstruction
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Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route & Bridge Reconstruction

UPDATED: June, 4, 2020 In the spring of 2019, the bridge over Beaver Creek along the Trestle to Trestle Trail collapsed. A reroute along the trail has been established until the new bridge is constructed.

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6/4/2020

Nature Playdate
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Nature Playdate

Explore, discover and play in your local parks with a Polk County Naturalist. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors for natural play and discovery. This is a morning of adventure and discovery with curiosity being the most important ingredient.

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8/5/2020

Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! More information... COVID-19 Operations Update