Jester Park Nature Center will serve as one of Iowa’s leading nature centers – a gateway to experience Iowa’s natural environment. We want all members of our community to enjoy the outdoors more.. Understand it better. Care for it more deeply. Share in our common need to preserve what we have been given. Show your support by donating to the construction of the Jester Park Nature Center today!
Education is fundemental to our mission. Jester Park Nature Center takes educational opportunitiesto new levelsand benefits tens of thousands of students, seniors, and families in our community.
We must do all we can to conserve and protect our environment. It is a shared responsibility. We all need clean water and air. We all need abundant, useful land. Jester Park Nature Center will bring to life this need to conserve.
We take care of the land because we should, we must. But we also enjoy it. Jester Park Nature Center will be the hub of recreational activity. Families will have a clear “starting point” to their adventures in nature.
Outdoor recreation will promote health, wellness, and quality of life for every park visitor regardless of age. By showing park patrons how and where to kayak, camp, hike, fish, and bike – to name just a few activities – the center enhances their lives.
A place where tourism and education intersect, Jester Park Nature Center will provide exceptional value to this region. Outdoor nature-based recreation is one of the largest industries in Iowa.
Take all of Iowa’s urban centers – which is the only one without a nature center? Ours! Central Iowa needs this. This facility will be a regional destination and, at the same time, a comfortable gathering place for the community.