Take time this summer to visit 19 of the 26 areas managed by the Conservation Board. You will find that there are some remarkable areas within our county! At each of these areas, you will find a code word attached to the back of the brown area sign. Write the code word in the chart found on the worksheet and return the completed form to the O’Brien County Conservation Board, 4931 Yellow Ave., Peterson, IA 51047. All persons returning their
Spring has finally arrived in Northwest Iowa! Colorful flowers are popping up everywhere you look. Come out to the Prairie Heritage Center to check out the wildflowers that are in bloom. Meet at the center at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. After checking out the prairie flowers, participants will carpool to Wanata Park in Peterson to look for woodland flowers. Join the naturalist for this colorful exploration.
WINGS & WETLANDS WEEKEND A Four County Festival Friday & Saturday May 11th & 12th, 2018 The Wings and Wetlands Festival is an annual event held throughout the counties of Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, and Palo Alto. Each year several northwest Iowa counties cooperate to celebrate the return of spring in Northwest Iowa. Over the years swan releases, bird hikes, canoe events, wildflower walks and more have engaged hundreds of Iowans in experiencing the wonders of birds and their habitats. On
Who’s ready to go CAMPING?! We are pleased to announce that ALL of our campgrounds will officially open this FRIDAY, APRIL 27. Get outside and enjoy the fabulous weather – what a great weekend it will be to kick off the 2018 season. We’ll see you at the parks!
Have you ever noticed the multicolored growth on trees, rocks, headstones and fence posts? These colorful organisms are lichens. Anyone who loves the outdoors is probably aware of them as orange, yellow, or gray patches on trees and rocks. Lichens can be seen nearly everywhere, but they often go unnoticed. Join the O’Brien County Naturalist at the Prairie Heritage Center on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. to “Learn About Lichens.” As a part of nature, lichens seem to have
The ISU Extension and Outreach and the O’Brien County Conservation Board invite everyone to participate in an educational afternoon dedicated to learning more about monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Join us on Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Prairie Heritage Center to celebrate “Earth Day” with a look at some of the important ways that you can improve pollinator habitat in your backyard. While attending this event, participants will: Learn about the unique life cycle of butterflies, specifically
Welcome the coming of spring with a search for the first wildflower on the prairie! This event has come to be a favorite of many people. Whether this is a new event for you or whether you have enjoyed it in the past, the search for the pasque flower is an annual rite of passage of spring. The O’Brien County Naturalist will lead the Pasque Flower Hike on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon walk along the
Easter is just around the corner, and the O’Brien County Conservation Board will again be holding an egg hunt with a technological twist. The event returns to the activity lineup due to the tremendous past success. Join the naturalist on Wednesday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. for a “Different Kind of Egg Hunt.” This year the event will be held at Mill Creek Park, near Paullina. Meet near the lodge. Participants will be given some instructions on how to use
Stones tell stories! This presentation is an overview of a look at rocks. It is part geology, part paleontology, and part archaeology. Whether you wander the local cemetery looking at headstones or the local main street looking at architecture, there are even more stories hidden in stone there. Participants will take a look at the lichens that adorn the rocks. This overview of stones and their stories will change the way you look at rocks. This program will be offered
Watching a Bald Eagle soar overhead is a breathtaking sight. Bald Eagles have been very active in the area lately! At this time of year, the resident Bald Eagles are mixing with the eagles that are traveling through the area. Other raptors are also on the move in the Little Sioux River Valley. All of this raptor activity comes just in time for the annual Bald Eagle Watch on Saturday, March 3 at the Prairie Heritage Center. This event is