Polk County Education Programs

We offer over 100 public education programs throughout the year.

If you would like to view a complete list of environmental education programs available in our Nature News newsletter, please click on the following link: http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/news-info/nature-news/ or visit our calendar of events:  Calendar of Events.


Environmental educational programs are offered at many of our parks throughout Polk County. For more information regarding the location of a particular program, see our website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org or call our Administration office at (515) 323-5300.


The Jester Park Nature Center serves as one of Iowa's leading nature centers - a gateway to experience Iowa's natural environment. 

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Jester Park Nature Center (12130 NW 128th St. Granger) is located near the front entrance of Jester Park.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday & Open Holidays | Noon - 4 p.m.



Holidays Closed:Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Easter Day New Year's Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Day