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!

McCormack Area Will Be Open To Equestrian Use

The O'Brien County Conservation Board is pleased to announce that the McCormack Area will be open to horseback riding beginning May 17, 2021.

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.

Camping Coupon Information

Camping coupons are available for stays at Dog Creek and Mill Creek Parks. These booklets of ten allow patrons to receive a price reduction.

Latest News & Announcements

Check out our new addition: Bison Calf

What an exciting week at the Prairie Heritage Center as a Bison calf was born! We believe it was born over the weekend as we discovered it on Monday, April 26th. It was a great way to start a Monday morning! Bison cows, the female, are able to start reproducing around 2-3 years of age.…

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Wings & Wetlands Festival

O’Brien County Conservation invites you to participate in the annual Wings & Wetlands Festival on Saturday, May 15th. It is a great opportunity to experience the wonders of birds and their habitats. Wings & Wetlands will be hosted at the Prairie Heritage Center and will have organized activities throughout the morning.  Many of the programs…

Create a Pollinator haven

Creating a Pollinator Haven

Pollinators are very important to the environment. They are just as important as sunlight, soil, and water as they create the reproductive success of over 75% of the world’s flowering plants. Pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food! Sometimes we just think of bees as the main pollinator, but…

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