A Rainy Day of Bright Beginnings

Making the Ground Breaking Official! Making the Ground Breaking Official!
(Pictured from left to right: Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell, Polk County Conservation Richard Leopold, Great Outdoors Foundation & Campaign Co-chair Patricia Boddy, Polk County Conservation Board Member Tom Levis, Honorary Co-chair Robert E. Jester, and Des Moines Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ahart.


Shine or rain (in this case), ground was officially broken for the Jester Park Nature Center on March 29, 2017. Polk County Conservation would like to thank everyone who attended and those who helped make the nature center possible. We are excited to begin this journey with you!

Despite the rain, a large crowd of people came!

Patricia Boddy, Campaign Co-chair & Great Outdoors Foundation Board Member, addressing the crowd.

Atlatl Throwing

Nature Center Campaign Leadership Team Group Photo.

Renderings of the Jester Park Nature Center

Jester Park Nature Center Updates


Major grading of the Jester Park Nature Center building site is currently underway, as well as installation of the water main.

Grading of the main road in Jester Park near the Nature Center has also taken place with the next phases in progress. The road is on schedule to be completed before Memorial Day weekend.

Grading Equipment by the Jester Park Nature Center Site

Water Main Installation Materials

Main Entrance View of the Jester Park Nature Center

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @PolkCountyConservation for updates on the construction progress in real-time, beautiful landscapes, nature, wildlife, environmental education, and more!

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