Winter Hours & Rental Equipment at the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center


(September 7, 2021 - May 29, 2022)
  • Saturday |10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday | Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Winter Break open Dec. 28-30, 2021 | Noon - 4 p.m.

Holidays Closed:

  • Easter Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • December 24-27, 2021
  • New Year's Eve & New Year's Day & Jan. 2

The Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center, adjacent to the nature center, offers a wide range of outdoor programming through Polk County Conservation, rental equipment, and the Petra Alward Bouldering Room, allowing everyone access to outdoor adventure and fun!

View more information about the bouldering room and air rifle and archery here. 

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals

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, ski boots and ski poles are also available to rent. 

  • Cross-country skis are sized mainly for adults. Height, weight, and European shoe size required for each reservation.
  • Snowshoes are sized for kids and adults, with a weight range of 40-250 pounds.  

Skis and snowshoes will only be rented if there is at least 6 inches of snow on the ground. 

View the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center hours here.




Cross-Country Skis

$15/half day (10am-12:30pm or 1-3:30pm)


$10/half day (10am-12:30pm or 1-3:30pm)

  Call (515)-323-5330 to reserve equipment ahead of time.