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Bridge Plaque Campaign
Easter Lake
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The Great Outdoors Foundation
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Building Central Iowa's
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Plant Some Shade

MidAmerican Energy Company customers in Iowa are eligible to purchase trees for $30 each.

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Programming and Scholarships

Each year the Great Outdoors Foundation provides scholarships for school field trips to county parks where students learn about Iowa’s natural environment and explore the outdoors.

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If you have the time, we have an opportunity for you.

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Jester Park Nature Center

The Jester Park Nature Center welcomes those who come to learn or play, and also tells the story of the land and water. It will be a place that puts our bond, our legacy, and our responsibility into context for all who visit.

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Projects and Priorities

The Great Outdoors Foundation’s mission is to provide high quality, healthy living for Greater Polk County through expanded open space, restored landscapes, and greater outdoor education opportunities.

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Current Projects

– School Bus Scholarships
– Equestrian Scholarships
– Water Quality Testing
– Regional Parks Plan
– Greater Des Moines Trail Maps
– Plant Some Shade Tree Program

Ongoing Projects

– Greater Des Moines Trail Maps
– Chichaqua Greenbelt Enrichment
– Wildlife Habitat Enhancements
– Eagle Scout Match

Completed Projects

– Jester Park Nature Center
– Bison and Elk Exhibits
– Guide By Cell Audio Tours

Support the Great Outdoors Foundation

There are many ways to support our mission from small to large. Your contribution will make an impact.

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Corporate Sponsors

We thank the following corporate sponsors for their support:​

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