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Life Jackets and Stand Donated by UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s

The O’Brien County Conservation Board would like to sincerely thank Amanda Monroe-Rubendall and UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s for their very generous donation of life jackets and a life jacket stand for Mill Creek Park!  Paullina Building Center donated the lumber used to build the stand.  These life jackets will be kept near the beach area and can be used by the public at any time.  Borrow a life jacket and return it when you are done!

Treasure Hunt & Games at Dog Creek Park

There is more fun to be had at Dog Creek Park this weekend!  Meet Saturday, August 8 at 1:00 p.m. on the north side of the park at the host’s camper.  After receiving instructions, children will be sent off on a treasure hunt to find prizes hidden around the park.  Outdoor camping games such as corn hole and bocce ball will be set up for use, also, and everyone is sure to have a great time.  We hope to see

Douma Park Renovations Complete!

The long-awaited opening of Douma Park has finally arrived!  The park rangers and contractors have done an amazing job on the upgrade.  Visitors will hardly believe that it is the same park! The shower facility is an outstanding addition to the park.  This amenity alone will transform the park into a modern, attractive location.  Be sure to check out the registration station located under the awning between the front doors for your camping envelopes and other information. Spacious campsites have

Bison Stampede Trail Run: August 8, 2020

Are you ready to run? The Prairie Heritage Center is holding a special event to celebrate spending time outdoors.  Consider taking part in a walk or run as a way to support the center’s programming and display development.  This year’s Bison Stampede Trail Run will raise money for an experience trail which will be constructed near the observation platform.  The trail will be constructed along the slope beside the bison pasture and will include nature play pieces as well as

Prairie Heritage Center Open on Saturdays!

The Prairie Heritage Center is entering another phase of reopening.  Beginning July 11, 2020, we will again be welcoming guests on Saturdays between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Visitors are also welcome Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We have developed some guidelines to help us ensure the safety of all of our guests, and they are posted below.  Come see us!

Get to Know our Areas: Round Two!

Most people are familiar with one or two areas that the conservation board manages.  This summer there is an opportunity to explore more!  The “Get to Know the Conservation Board Areas” activity will give you a guided plan to check out 19 of the 25 areas managed by the conservation board. Download the form or email us and we will send a form to you.  Head out to visit each of the sites.  There are GPS coordinates and a clue

Campgrounds Open May 8, 2020 – Please Follow These Guidelines

Our campgrounds will open Friday, May 8 at 5:00 a.m. Please follow all of the guidelines outlined in our campground opening policy, and remember to respect social distancing and stay home if you’re sick! CAMPGROUND OPENING POLICY Campground will open at 5:00 a.m. May 8, 2020. Campers must use self-contained camper units ONLY. There is a 14-day limit for stay. There will be NO long-term campground use. Restrooms will remain closed. No trash receptacles are available. Pack out your trash.

Cabins, Prairie Heritage Center Remain Closed

AS OF MAY 14, 2020 – The O’Brien County Conservation Board’s lodge, cabins, restrooms, playgrounds and cabanas will remained closed until Friday, May 29, 2020. The Prairie Heritage Center will remain closed until Monday, June 1, 2020. These dates are subject to change based on the guidance provided to us by Governor Kim Reynolds. Parks and recreation areas will remain open for walk-in use. Groups will be limited to 10 people. Campsites are available for rent using self-contained camping units

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