Jester Park Nature Center Remains Closed Until Further Notice

UPDATE: 10/26/2020

We regretfully inform the public that the Jester Park Nature Center will continue to remain closed until further notice 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 updates.

Jester Park Outdoor Recreational & Wellness Center Update

Polk County Conservation has been providing access to the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center this summer and fall while the weather has been such that the overhead doors could be open to ensure proper ventilation in the facility. Now that the weather is getting cooler, these doors need to be closed. This factor, combined with the inability for the public to safely socially distance while using the climbing wall and archery/air rifle area, has led to our decision to close the facility on Monday, October 26th. We will continually monitor public health recommendations related to COIVD-19 and reopen the facility when it is safe to do so.

However, we will rent snowshoes and cross-country skis to the public when there is at least 6” of snow on the ground. Equipment can be rented from the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center Monday - Sunday for a full day or half day when conditions are right. More details to come on this process so watch the Jester Park Nature Center website and Facebook page for updates.    

Rental Equipment

Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center, adjacent from the nature center. Snowshoes, cross-country skis, boots and poles are also available to rent. 

  • Cross-country skis are sized mainly for adults.
  • Snowshoes are sized for kids and adults, with a weight range of 40-250 pounds.  



Cross-Country Skis