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!

Volunteer with O'Brien County Conservation

Our volunteers have a great time! There are many opportunities to spend time with people of all ages - teaching, learning, and guiding alongside each other.

Homeschool Nature Programs

Homeschool nature programs will provide opportunities to discover the outdoors, have hands-on learning experiences, and explore natural history.  Each month will focus on a different topic during the hour and half long program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register for each program that is of interest.

Mini Naturalists

Mini Naturalists is a great hands-on introduction to the natural world for youth ages 2-5 that are budding naturalists. This is an hour long program that may include games, story time, crafts, and interactive experiences. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register for each program that is of interest.

Latest News & Announcements

National Bison Day

Help celebrate the largest land mammal in North America, the bison! O’Brien County Conservation will be hosting a celebration in honor of National Bison Day on Saturday, November 6th. National Bison Day is a come-and-go event from 1:00-3:00 p.m at the Prairie Heritage Center. This celebration will have a wide variety of activities and information…

Beaver Bounty 2021-2022

  O’Brien County will be offering a bounty of $35.00 per tail for beavers taken during the 2021 – 2022 trapping season. The maximum that will be paid out is $5,000.00. Beavers will be accepted at the Mill Creek Park Conservation Board Shop, 5660 460th St., Paullina on Mondays from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The…

Youth Pheasant Hunt

The Youth Pheasant Hunt will be on Saturday, October 23 at the Crosbie Wildlife & Nature Youth Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. Participants must be between the ages of 12-15 years old. Registration is limited to 20 participants. The warm-up trap shoot begins at 8:30 a.m. Adult mentors will then take youth on a one-on-one…

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