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COVID-19 Operations Update


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 will remain closed until COVID-19 numbers, trends, and/or controls swing in a more positive direction, per recommendation of Polk County Health Department and Board of Supervisors. While our doors are closed, our parks and trails will continue to stay open.
  • Polk County Conservation Parks & Trails
  • Easter Lake Beach Boat Rentals and Concessions and the Easter Lake Beach. More information can be found here[Closed for the season.] 
  • Youth Conservation Corps will continue under restrictive guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.
  • Campgrounds, Showerhouse, & Bathrooms- 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
  • Playgrounds
  • Park Shelters (reserved and first-come/first-served)
  • Chichaqua Canoe Rentals - closed for the season
  • Chichaqua Longhouse
  • Jester Park Lodge
Modified Operations:
  • Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center - Rental equipment only
  • Jester Park Golf Course
    • Limited indoor use; no loitering in the clubhouse
  • Jester Park Equestrian Center -
    • Trail rides, wagon rides, small group lessons and camps are being offered in a safe, modified manner.
Closed to the Public:
  • Jester Park Nature Center - closed until further notice
Public Programming & Volunteer Events:
  • Most indoor programs are cancelled through the summer. Many outdoor programs (including camps) are being offered in a safe, 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.