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COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATED: JUNE 30, 2020

Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of our visitors, program attendees, volunteers, and staff.
In response to the ongoing development of COVID-19, the Jester Park Nature Center, Jester Park Lodge, and Chichaqua Longhouse are closed to the public through August 4th. Read below to see what facilities and services are open, closed, or modified at this time. 
  • Polk County Conservation Parks & Trails
  • Easter Lake Beach Boat Rentals and Concessions; the Easter Lake Beach will open on Friday, May 29. More information can be found here
  • Youth Conservation Corps will continue under restrictive guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.
  • Campgrounds- Strict cleaning protocols are in place. All activities facilitating camping, such as firewood sales, registration, campground host interaction, etc., will be 'no contact' and strictly enforced.
  • Cabin Rentals open on May 29
  • Playgrounds open on May 29
  • Park Shelters (reserved and first-come/first-served)
Modified Operations:
  • Jester Park Golf Course 
    • Limited indoor use; no loitering in the clubhouse
  • Jester Park Equestrian Center -
    • Wagon rides, camps, and small group lessons are operating.  Trail rides begin on July 3rd. 
Closed to the Public:
  • Jester Park Lodge - closed thru June 24
  • Chichaqua Canoe Rentals- closed until the week of June 8
  • Jester Park Nature Center - closed thru June 30
  • Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center - closed thru June 30
  • All Polk County Conservation Offices & Shops (closed thru June 30)- full-time staff is working in-office, remotely, or in the field.
Public Programming & Volunteer Events:
  • Most indoor and outdoor programs are canceled through August 4th. This includes summer camps. All pre-registration fee-based programs will be refunded. Some programs are still being held in a modified manner. Go to our Calendar tab on our website for the latest information.

  • Follow us on our social media outlets for program opportunities, outdoor and indoor activities, and online environmental education.

    Please continue to check back for updated postings and announcements.