News and Announcements
Jester Park Nature Center Remains Closed Until Further Notice
UPDATE: OCTOBER 26, 2020 | The Jester Park Nature Center will remain closed until further notice to align with Polk County’s COVID public facility operations plan.
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.
COVID-19 Operations Update
UPDATE: OCTOBER 26, 2020 | Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.
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.
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.
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.
Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information
This fall, special use permits allowing bowhunters to participate in a controlled bowhunt for antlerless deer will be issued by the organizations listed at the bottom of this information.
Lauridsen Skatepark Update
View the latest construction update on the Lauridsen Skatepark here!
Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route & Bridge Reconstruction
UPDATED: June, 4, 2020 In the spring of 2019, the bridge over Beaver Creek along the Trestle to Trestle Trail collapsed. A reroute along the trail has been established until the new bridge is constructed.
Relying on Nature Through Polk County Conservation
While the way we interact with others may be a little different right now in our world, the importance of getting outdoors and interacting with nature remains the same. Let nature become your refuge during this difficult time.