Gifts for Nature

Looking for gift ideas for the nature lover or outdoor enthusiast in your family? Consider
giving the gift of nature! We have put together a few items to choose from that all benefit
the Great Outdoors Foundation or Polk County Conservation’s family of parks and trails.
What benefits us, benefits you and your outdoor experiences in Central Iowa.
Help us preserve and protect Central Iowa’s natural heritage with these gifts!
• Gift a Friend of GOF Membership
• Gift an Easter Lake Plaque
• Gift the Friends of Jester Park Membership
• Gift Conservation-Minded T-shirts


Invest in high quality, healthy living for Central Iowa through expanded open space, restored landscapes, and greater recreation and outdoor education opportunities.
Sign up to receive information about GOF events, subscribe to our newsletter, or become a Friend of the Great Outdoors.

Friends of the Great Outdoors Foundation Receive

• Your name published in the Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Report
• Advanced Access to events like the Outdoor Recreation Sale and Glow Wild
• The latest info and updates about the Great Outdoors Foundation

Friends Membership Levels
• Senior | $50
• Individual/Family | $100
• Gift Membership | $100

Become a Friend of GOF


Easter Lake Park has undergone quite the change! The lake is currently being refilled, hopefully in time for summer fun, and the new Mark C. Ackelson trail, winding around Easter Lake, was recently completed. The trail has many bridges, but one bridge stands out from all of them, the 440’ pedestrian bridge that spans the western arm of the lake.

Along the railing of the pedestrian bridge, individual bridge plaque sponsors are recognized with a plaque bearing their name or company name, friend or loved ones’ name(s).

  • A $130 donation entitles you to a plaque until all spaces have been sold.
  • Each plaque is an engraved aluminum with satin brush finish measuring 4”w x 21⁄4” h.
  • Sponsors may include up to two lines of text with 17 characters each, including spaces, for 34 characters per plaque.
  • An additional line at the top of the plaque, reading — In Memory of or In Honor of — may be added upon request at no charge.

Gift an Easter Lake Bridge Plaque

Friends of Jester Park

Friends of Jester Park is a collaborative program of Polk County Conservation and the Great Outdoors Foundation that provides more opportunities for outdoor fun and nature adventures.

The Friends of Jester Park membership is for everyone!

• Get invites to member-exclusive events and programs.
• Discounts on outdoor equipment rentals like canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and other gear.
• Yearly gift of local nature-inspired art.
• Discounts on all Polk County Conservation reservable campgrounds.
• Discounts on designated fee-based programs.
• And more!

Your membership support provides supplemental funds needed for operations to keep Jester Park beautiful and enhance conservation and outdoor recreation programming in our community.

Friends of Jester Park Membership Levels
• Nature Lover (Individual) | $25 Annually
• Outdoors Family | $100 Annually
• Trailblazer (Individual or Couple) | $100 Annually
• Pathfinder (Individual) | $1,000 One-Time Gift
• Business | $1,000 Annually
Choose the membership level that fits the outdoor memories you want to create. Take a look at the full list of benefits here. 

Gift a Friends of Jester Park Membership

Conservation-Minded T-shirts

The Great Outdoors Foundation and Polk County Conservation have teamed up with local apparel company, Twin Forks Trading Co., to bring you comfortable shirts of your favorite Polk County Conservation parks and trails!

A portion of proceeds from each shirt purchase benefits both the Great Outdoors Foundation and Polk County Conservation. Look good in these comfortable shirts, while supporting your local conservation efforts.

Gift a comfy conservation-minded shirt

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