Fall Nature News has Arrived
Polk County Conservation's Fall Nature News has arrived at the Jester Park Nature Center!
Check out the many public programs and events taking place this Septe…
Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route
In the spring of 2019, the bridge over Beaver Creek along the Trestle to Trestle Trail collapsed. Designs for the new Trestle to Trestle bridge are currently un…
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Park & Trail Closures
Updated on August 5, 2019
For updates on Polk County Conservation park and trail closures due to flooding, please refer back to this post, as it will be updated…
For more information about upcoming events for Jester Park Nature Center, see our calendar.
Monday, September 23, 2019Fall Equinox Hike
Come learn about the fall equinox as we enjoy a walk around the pond and through the woodland at historic Fort Des Moines Park.
Saturday, September 28, 2019Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Polk County Conservation and the Iowa DNR Present the 11th Annual Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunt
This event will allow budding duck and goose hunters (youth ages 12 - 15) the opportunity to experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting in a safe and controlled environment. Participants must...
Saturday, October 5, 2019Fall Colors Hike
Observe the magnificent colors of autumn as we hike through the woods. We’ll also learn how to identify common woodland plants by their leaves, and collect fallen leaves to make a collective art project.
AGES: All ages welcome
Saturday, October 5, 2019Fall Fungi
Join the President of the North American Mycological Association for a fall fungi program in partnership with The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The program will begin at the Botanical Garden with an hour presentation covering common fall fungi identification and tips for finding them, followe...
Monday, October 7, 2019Nature Friends - Terrific Trees
Preschoolers Exploring Nature
3-5-year olds with an adult
Join a naturalist in a nature adventure! We will explore a different nature topic each evening through stories, sharing time, guided exploration, and art activities. Snacks will be provided. This program is sponsored by West Des Moines ...
Thursday, October 10, 2019Autumn Phenology Journaling
Do you like to draw and write about nature? If so, phenology journaling must be for you! Phenology is the study of seasonal phenomena, and we will be taking a closer look at all of the changes happening in the park this autumn. Journals and basic art supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring...