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Water Services in Campgrounds Have Been Shut Off
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Water Services in Campgrounds Have Been Shut Off

Due to the falling temperatures and freezing weather, Polk County Conservation has turned off water services in the campgrounds.

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10/19/2020

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

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

Bat House Building Workshop
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Bat House Building Workshop

Help out bats by building a bat house. Not only does this give them a safe place to live and breed, it also attracts bats to your neighborhood, helping to decrease mosquitoes. A naturalist will give a short presentation about bats before we begin construction.

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10/25/2020

Bats - Creatures of the Night
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Bats - Creatures of the Night

Join us as we learn about one of the night's most misunderstood creatures, bats! We’ll discuss what type of an animal they are, how they fly, what they eat, and what types of bats live in Iowa.

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10/25/2020

Volunteer Time Off - Seed Harvest
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Volunteer Time Off - Seed Harvest

Does your company offer Volunteer Paid Time Off (VTO)? Join us as we collect seed from plants ready to harvest from one of our county parks. Come and go between your allotted hours.

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10/30/2020

Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center to Close on October 26
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Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center to Close on October 26

Polk County Conservation has made the decision to close the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center to the public on Monday, October 26. We will continue to monitor public health recommendations related to COIVD-19 and reopen the facility when it is safe to do so.

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10/20/2020

Spiders
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Spiders

Spiders are some of the most commonly feared and misunderstood creatures in this world. Discover how spiders are actually fascinating animals, including their unique adaptations and the important role they play in ecosystems.

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10/30/2020

Interior Vestibule at Jester Park Nature Center Open to Public
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Interior Vestibule at Jester Park Nature Center Open to Public

Beginning on Wednesday, October 14th, the interior vestibule at the Jester Park Nature Center will be open to the public during park hours seven days per week. Visitors will be able to obtain park brochures, trail maps, and use the restroom facilities.

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10/13/2020

Full Moon Halloween Hike
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Full Moon Halloween Hike

Explore the wonder and beauty of Jester Park at night under a full moon. Feel free to dress up in your Halloween costumes!

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10/31/2020

Retreat With Horses – Free Demonstration For First Responders & Health Care Workers
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Retreat With Horses – Free Demonstration For First Responders & Health Care Workers

Discover how horses help humans heal mentally and emotionally through the Jester Park Equestrian Center's free demonstration for first responders & health care workers, Retreat With Horses.

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9/8/2020

OWLS - Mammal Mania
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OWLS - Mammal Mania

OWLS is going virtual. Some can fly, dig, and swim, but we all have one thing in common, we’re all mammals, including us. We’ll discuss the characteristics that make mammals a unique class of animals and review the diverse selection of species living here in Iowa.

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11/3/2020