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Funding Needed for New Jester Park Nature Center Exhibit
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Funding Needed for New Jester Park Nature Center Exhibit

Donations are being sought to create a lithic (stone) artifact exhibit at the Jester Park Nature Center to educate visitors about Iowa's archaeological past.

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3/1/2021

Jester Park Nature Center Now Open
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Jester Park Nature Center Now Open

The Jester Park Nature Center reopened to the public with limited hours, modified accommodations, and restrictive guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.

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2/22/2021

Lauridsen Skatepark Grand Opening Announced
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Lauridsen Skatepark Grand Opening Announced

We are excited to announce our management and the grand opening of the Lauridsen Skatepark on May 22, 2021. The 88,000 square feet attraction will showcase Olympic caliber park and street courses.

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1/6/2021

Shamrock Shenanigans
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Shamrock Shenanigans

Sneaky little leprechauns have hidden 10 special shamrocks on the trails around the Jester Park Nature Center. See how many you can spot, snap a picture, and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!

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3/12/2021

Nature Hike
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Nature Hike

Join a naturalist for a hike looking for early signs of spring. Dress for the weather.

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3/16/2021

Geocache Leprechaun Hunt
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Geocache Leprechaun Hunt

Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the hidden pots of gold, collecting candy and prizes along the way. Keep an eye out for leprechauns along the way!

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3/17/2021

COVID-19 Operations Update
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COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 19, 2021 | Jester Park Nature Center, parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.

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2/19/2021

Virtual Snakes Patty Day
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Virtual Snakes Patty Day

Did St. Patrick really drive all the snakes out of Ireland? We’ll discuss this and other myths surrounding these scaly slithery serpents. We’ll learn about snakes from around the world and even meet some that live here in Iowa. Live animals will be used in this program.

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3/17/2021

Renting Cross-Country Skis & Snowshoes with Polk County Conservation
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Renting Cross-Country Skis & Snowshoes with Polk County Conservation

Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center, adjacent from the Jester Park Nature Center. The cross-country ski rental includes skis, boots, and poles. Poles and boots are NOT included with your snowshoe rental.

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1/27/2021

Geocache Leprechaun Hunt
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Geocache Leprechaun Hunt

Learn to use a GPS and go search the woods to find the hidden pots of gold, collecting candy and prizes along the way. Keep an eye out for leprechauns along the way!

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3/17/2021

Debris Pile Burning in PCC Parks & Trails
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Debris Pile Burning in PCC Parks & Trails

Beginning January 21, Natural Resources staff will be burning debris piles left over from the timber stand improvement and invasive species removal projects, as well debris left from the Derecho wind storm through April 1, 2021.

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1/21/2021

Virtual Critter Club
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Virtual Critter Club

Virtually visit Jester Park Nature Center’s resident turtles, snakes, and toads to learn about these unique animals. Enjoy a friendly introduction to Polk County Conservation ambassador animals.

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3/18/2021