Creative Spirits – Fall Forest Painting Event

Gather your friends and join us for a fun night of painting presented by Creative Spirits Okoboji on Thursday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m.  Creative Spirits provides all of the supplies for each participant to complete an acrylic painting with the guidance of their artist.  Cost is $35.00 per person, and registration must be completed with Creative Spirits via phone at (712) 336-8186 or online at  There will also be a brief presentation about the Prairie Heritage Center’s bison

Tom Milligan Presents “A Visit With Ding Darling”

Learn about the “ART” of conservation! Tom Milligan will present “A Visit with Ding Darling.”  Tom, an Iowa actor, will reenact a visit from Jay “Ding” Darling as he shares Ding’s story beginning with his early years in Sioux City through his career with the Des Moines Register as a cartoonist, to the creation of the Duck Stamp and the National Wildlife Federation.  Ding was known by most to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation

Hi, my name is TATONKA!

Hi, my name is TATONKA! Thank you all for joining us at the Bison Burger Picnic & Lawn Concert last week, and for voting on a name for this little guy!  He is now just over a month old and doing great!!  Be sure you watch for him out in the pasture the next time that you’re out visiting the Prairie Heritage Center.

Monarchs on the Move

Where are those butterflies headed?!  Take part in a citizen science project and learn more about Monarch migration!  Help with research by tagging these amazing insects before they begin their migration to Mexico for the winter.  This event will take place at Mill Creek Park in Paullina on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Historical Fall Fest

    Enjoy the fall colors and step back in time as you take a horse-drawn wagon ride to the cemetery and participate in games, crafts and other activities!  This annual event is a big hit with the entire family!  The Historical Fall Fest will be held at the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  

And the Winners Are……

Congratulations to Marci Kreber of Paullina, winner of the drawing held at the O’Brien County Fair for a two night stay at the new grain bin cabins at Dog Creek Park. We had 239 people enter the drawing this year! Also, congratulations to Addyson Harper of Paullina for winning the drawing for the children’s toy. We loved seeing you all at the fair this week, thanks for visiting our booth….see you next year!    

Our Dog Creek Grain Bin Cabins are NOW OPEN!

“Corn” and “Beans” are now welcoming campers! The O’Brien County Conservation Board is excited to announce that the new grain bin cabins at Dog Creek Park are now open and welcoming campers! Each cabin has six sets of queen sized beds that comfortably sleep twelve people.  The cabins include electricity, microwave, standard sized refrigerator, stove, sink in kitchen, kitchen table with seating for six, couch, two arm chairs, TV with cable, heat, and air conditioning.  The upper level includes 2

2017 Bison Burger Picnic & Lawn Concert

Join us for a Bison Burger Picnic & Lawn Concert! Enjoy bison burgers complete with all of the picnic trimmings, and check out the new additions to the center. Bring your lawn chair for an outdoor concert with music by Bill Carpenter and Mel Kimblad! Tuesday, August 15, 2017 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Prairie Heritage Center Tickets: $10.00 – adult / $5.00 ages 5-8 / Free – under age 5 Family discount available Advance tickets available from the O’Brien

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