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Jester Park Nature Center Remains Closed Until Further Notice
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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.

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10/26/2020

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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10/26/2020

COVID-19 Operations Update
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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.

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10/26/2020

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

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

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

Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information
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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.

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8/21/2020

Lauridsen Skatepark Update
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Lauridsen Skatepark Update

View the latest construction update on the Lauridsen Skatepark here!

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6/18/2020

Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route & Bridge Reconstruction
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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.

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6/4/2020

Relying on Nature Through Polk County Conservation
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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.

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4/24/2020