Programming and Scholarships

Each year, the Great Outdoors Foundation provides scholarships for school field trips to county parks.



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


Friends of Jester Park

Friends of Jester Park offers our biggest park fans more opportunities for outdoor fun and nature adventures — including exclusive members-only experiences where you’ll have access to insider “secrets” and tips to make the most of your Jester Park outings.

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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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