The O’Brien County Conservation Board was formed in 1964 by the decision of the county’s voters. The purpose of the board, which is supported by Iowa law, is to acquire, develop, maintain and make available to the inhabitants of the county, public museums, parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreational centers, county forests, wildlife and other conservation areas, and to promote and preserve the health and general welfare of the people, to encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural resources, and to cultivate good citizenship by providing adequate programs of public recreation.

Visit the Prairie Heritage Center

Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the tallgrass prairie! Enjoy the displays, hike the trails, savor the wildflowers, and engage in bird and wildlife watching. There is so much to do at the Prairie Heritage Center.

Visit Our Parks

The O'Brien County Conservation Board manages 942 acres of land in 26 locations throughout the county for outdoor recreation and wildlife benefits. We want you to spend time enjoying your outdoor areas!

Environmental Education & Programs

O'Brien County Conservation Board is committed to providing educational opportunities that enhance outdoor experiences for all ages. We do this through school programs, field trips, library programs, public programs, summer camps, partnerships with other groups, and so much more!

Day Camps with Naturalist Hannah Hernandez

Check out our day camps that will be offered this summer on our programs page.

Latest News & Announcements

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in O’Brien County

Emerald Ash Borer, which is an invasive wood-boring insect from Asia that kills ash trees, has now been confirmed in O’Brien County. Samples from ash trees were taken from rural Paullina earlier this month and officials with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) confirmed that the samples were positive for Emerald Ash…

Bald Eagle Presentation – CANCELED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bald Eagle presentation on Saturday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. has been canceled.  We hope to reschedule this program for later this spring. Stay tuned and watch out social media and website for updates on date and time. SOAR which stands for Saving Our Avian Resources is an organization dedicated…

Bald Eagle Watch – Weather Update

Due to weather the Bald Eagle Watch has had a change in the schedule for the program. Kay Neumann, the Executive Director from SOAR, will now speak on Saturday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. instead of March 5th. We invite visitors to still visit the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, March 5th from 10 a.m.…

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