Author Archives: Amber Wetherell

Owl Prowl at Dog Creek Park

According to a famous children’s story – Owl Moon – a person needs to bring quiet, heat, bravery and even a little hope when going on an owl calling adventure! December is a great time to listen for these nocturnal birds as they start to stake their territory.  This “Owl Prowl” program presented by the O’Brien County Conservation Board is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about these amazing birds. Gather at the south parking

Nature Crafts Event on November 16

Get into the holiday spirit with crafts made using natural items.  This year the “Nature Crafts” event is part of the Nature’s Art series.  It provides an enjoyable afternoon for people of all ages.  The recipe for fun includes a few nature items, a little creativity, some glue and sparkles to make clever holiday decorations.  This come-and-go event sponsored by the O’Brien County Conservation Board will be held at the Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave., on Saturday, November 16.

A Visit from a Civil War Soldier

The O’Brien County Conservation Board will host O.J. Fargo on Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave., for a special program entitled “Just Before the Battle Mother – A Visit from a Civil War Soldier.”  After an overview of Iowa’s involvement in the Civil War, the audience is introduced to a returning Civil War soldier (played by Mr. Fargo).  The audience is encouraged to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the

Camping Season is “In The Books!”

The summer of 2019 has come to an end!  We enjoyed spending time with park patrons as they used the campgrounds, cabins and parks.  We were glad to have Bob & Vickie Ruden, Tom & Sue Draper, Luke Jenness and Josh Simm join our team as summer staff. Here are some dates to keep in mind as you begin planning for next summer! January 2, 2020: Mill Creek 12-Person cabins and Dog Creek Grain Bin cabins close April 3, 2020:

Douma Park Campground Renovation Continues!

Douma Park has been under construction this past summer.  The Conservation Board expresses their gratitude for the patience of our park patrons.  The transformation which has taken place at the park is amazing!  When the campground opens next spring, the change will be dramatic. Fourteen paved camping pads include a patio area.  The sites are wired with 20/30/50 AMP service and include both water and sewer connections.  Half of the sites are pull through sites.  All of the sites now

Sign Up Now for the Youth Pheasant Hunt!

Sign up for our Youth Pheasant Hunt event sponsored by Mark’s Pump Sales and Service and the O’Brien County Sportsmen’s Club!  This event will be held at the Crosbie Wildlife & Nature Youth Center on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Participants must be between 12-15 years of age and have passed the hunter safety course.  Limit of 20 participants.  The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and lunch will be provided.  Warm up with a trap shoot.  Mentors will take youth on

Trick or Treat at Mill Creek Park on Saturday, October 5

Ghosts and princesses will be out early this year at Mill Creek Park!  The Conservation Board is offering free camping at this campground for the nights of October 4 & 5.  In exchange, we ask that campers get into the Halloween spirit by decorating their campsite and handing out candy.  Trick-or-treaters are invited to come through the park on Saturday, October 5 from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Valero Renewable Fuels of Hartley Donates Refrigerator for the Crosbie Wildlife & Nature Youth Center

We would like to thank VALERO RENEWABLE FUELS of Hartley, Iowa for their very generous donation of a full-size refrigerator! This donation will be used at the Crosbie Wildlife & Nature Youth Center and will greatly improve our ability to provide snacks, meals and drinks for youth camps and programs. Thank you for your help, we are so grateful!

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