Completed Projects

Bison and Elk Exhibits

GOF pledged money toward the expansion of the Bison & Elk Exhibit at Jester Park. Improvements included accessible observation decks, informational kiosks, educational panels, interactive displays, high quality art components and an inviting viewing and picnic area. This enhanced exhibit provides an attraction that is safe, modern, accessible, educational and an opportunity for one of the most desired outdoor activities: viewing and observing wildlife.

Guide By Cell Audio Tours

Visitors at most County parks have interpretive park information at their fingertips. The Great Outdoors Foundation, Polk County Conservation, and Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) partnered to implement this program which serves to educate the public about the amenities and features of our parks, about natural history, and about current events.

Jester Park Nature Center

GOF helped raise the funds necessary to build the Jester Park Nature Center. Opened to the public on August 25, 2018, the Jester Park Nature Center is one of Iowa’s leading nature centers – a gateway to experience Iowa’s natural environment. It welcomes those who come to learn and play, and tell the story of the land they are about to enjoy. Visit the Jester Park Nature Center’s website

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