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Jester Park Nature Center Opening Postponed Until August 3

We regretfully inform the public that the Jester Park Nature Center will remain closed until August 3rd so that we are in conformity with Polk County’s COVID public facility operations plan. Central Iowa is still seeing a surge in COVID cases and our primary priority remains the safety of our employees and the public. Please continue to check the nature center’s website or Facebook page for another update closer to August 3rd.

The adjacent Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center will open as planned on Thursday, July 2nd due to the open air nature of this facility. Face masks will be required upon entry into the Center. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one. A limited number of people will be allowed inside the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center at a time. While the bouldering wall, archery, and air rifle target shooting will be open, it will remain first-come-first served; a wait time is to be expected. Canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards will be rented on a normal basis with enhanced sanitizing practices in place. Hours of operation can be found here http://www.jesterparknaturecenter.com/outdoor-recreation-wellness-center/.

ACTIVITIES

A limited number of people will be allowed inside the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center at a time. While the bouldering wall and archery will be open, it will remain first-come-first served; a wait time is to be expected.

Rental Equipment

If you are looking to rent canoes, paddle boards, or kayaks, please note that we only have lifejackets for those 40lbs+. If you have a child under 40lbs, we ask that you supply their life jacket.

  • Archery | Thursdays - Saturday
  • Air Rifle | Sundays
  • Bouldering:
    • Thursday & Friday |10 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Sunday | Noon - 4 p.m.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate these new changes and are excited to welcome you back!


Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! More information... COVID-19 Operations Update