Ski, Snowshoe, and Climb this week!
The Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center is open extended hours this week for cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals from 10am-4pm Tuesday-Frida…
Nature News Hot off the Press
The January - April 2020 Nature News has arrived! Inside you will find a complete list of our events and programs from environmental education, recreation and w…
For more information about upcoming events for Jester Park Nature Center, see our calendar.
Saturday, February 8, 2020Woodland Restoration
Invasive species removal is at the forefront of restoration efforts in our Iowa woodlands. Spend your time on the frontline of this continuous battle as we remove honeysuckle, buckthorn, and oriental bittersweet from one of your county parks.
REGISTRATION: Contact Melissa at melissa.schmeling@pol...
Saturday, February 8, 2020Ice Fishing Basics
Learn the basics of ice fishing and get some hands-on experience. Bait and poles will be provided. Participants over the age of 16 need a valid fishing license.
AGES: All ages welcome
Saturday, February 8, 2020Kayak 101
Join a Polk County Conservation Naturalist to learn the basics of recreational kayaks. Kayaking is a popular and growing sport. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise at the same time. We’ll shake off the winter blues with plenty of paddling time in the pool. A shor...
Wednesday, February 12, 2020VTO Woodlands
Many amazing local companies, organizations, and schools offer Volunteer Time Off (VTO) as an added benefit for their workforce. This provides an excellent opportunity to give those within their ranks with a unique way to create positive impact within their community. If your...
Friday, February 21, 2020 - Tuesday, February 25, 2020Northwoods Dog Sledding Adventure
Have the adventure of a lifetime on this five-day trip to northern Minnesota. One full day will be spent dog sledding with extensively trained dogs and staff. Experienced guides will teach you how to harness your dogs, steer the sled, and lead our trip into the wilderness. The remaining days wi...
Saturday, February 22, 2020Winter Hike
Join a naturalist for peaceful hike on a winter’s day. We will learn what animals do to survive the harsh Iowa winters and look for early signs of spring’s arrival.