Winter officially arrives soon. What kind of weather will it bring? Celebrate the season with a hike around the lake. The O’Brien County Conservation Board is holding a “Welcome Winter” hike on Friday, December 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Mill Creek Park. This activity will take place regardless of ground cover. Meet near the lodge. If there is snow on the ground, we will be trekking on snowshoes. Snowshoes will be available to borrow free of charge. If there is
Meet at the Prairie Heritage Center to enjoy some winter birding as well as a look at our winter Bald Eagles. We will be carpooling to various locations. This annual favorite will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4.
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
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.
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
Saturday, November 2, we will host National Bison Day at the Prairie Heritage Center. Celebrate our favorite prairie animal with a come-and-go-event. A presentation about bison will be held at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy crafts and games about bison too!
Join us at the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. Learn about the practice of throwing spears with atlatls. Then, head out to the nature center’s grounds to take part in a PUMPKIN HUNT using SPEARS!
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 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 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