Bald Eagle Watch: March 20, 2021

Join us at the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, March 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate our national bird. This is a come-and-go event where we will enjoy watching birds, have activities set-up for all ages, and learn more about these amazing birds. At 11:00 a.m. Shelby County and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Naturalist, Christian Roelofs, will give a virtual presentation on Bald Eagles. Christina has worked with birds through the help of Kay Newman at

The Night’s Sky Full Moon Hike MOVED TO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28

This hike has been MOVED to SUNDAY, February 28 due to weather….please help us spread the word!  We’ll see you tomorrow evening! Join us at the Prairie Heritage Center on Sunday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a full moon hike.   This naturalist led hike will be held under the moon light of February’s full moon while we explore the night’s sky. If there is enough snow on the ground we will snowshoe! Dress warm and for the weather

2021 Nature Nuts Series

Join us in-person or adventure on your own, with family or friends as you become an O’Brien County Conservation Nature Nut this year! Once a month we will explore a different topic guided by the naturalist that will be hosted in person as well as have a virtual option. These programs will be hosted each month at an O’Brien County Conservation park or the Prairie Heritage Center. OR you can download all the materials from our website and do them

Volunteer Update

We are very thankful for all the volunteers who help make O’Brien County Conservation a success. Please find a short information update below on upcoming events and other news for O’Brien County Conservation. Volunteer Information Update We are looking for volunteers to help at the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are interested please contact Abbie at or 712-295-7200 for more details.

Celebrate Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day is Tuesday, February 2nd. This celebration has European roots known as Candlemas Day, a Christian holiday. In Germany, according to folklore, if a hedgehog saw it’s shadow on Candlemas Day there would be a second winter or six more weeks of bad weather. When German’s began to settle in the United States, their folklore also came with them, but due to an absence of wild hedgehogs in the United States a new hibernating animal needed to be selected.

Volunteer Thank you Event

Thank you for being a great volunteer! Please join us for a come & go event where we can say thank you for all your help. You’ll also get an update on O’Brien County Conservation Board upcoming events and meet the new naturalist, Abbie Parker. Volunteers current, past, and future are invited to join us on Wednesday, February 3rd at the Prairie Heritage Center from 1-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Masks are required and we will have COVID-19 protocols

Moon Adventure Game

Join us at the Prairie Heritage Center on Friday, February 19 for an interactive, hands-on collaborative game built for families or groups ages 7-adult about living and working on the Moon. The Moon Adventure Game, from the NISE Network, is a fictional story grounded in actual NASA science and research about what people in the future may need to work and live on the Moon. Players in the Moon Adventure Game will assume the role of astronauts that are living

2021 Winter Library Series

Mark your calendar for the upcoming dates at the library closest to you! The O’Brien County Conservation Board is pleased to partner with area libraries to offer a naturalist led program in January, February, and March. Programs will be 45 minutes long, with time for questions. Good for all ages! Join us at the following libraries this winter: Paullina Library: 2:00 P.M.  – January 19, February 23, March 16 Hartley Library: 2:00 P.M. – January 20, February 24, March 17

Virtual Nature Conservation Book Club

Reading can take you on adventures to different places, cultivate new hobbies, and expand your knowledge. New for 2021, O’Brien County Conservation Board and the Hartley Library are proud to offer a virtual book club that will focus on nature and conservation. A variety of books, both non-fiction and fiction, have been chosen to discuss in a virtual platform from the comfort of your own home. This book club will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the every other month

Visit the Prairie Heritage Center for an Information Scavenger Hunt

                Join us at the Prairie Heritage Center this December and January for an Information Scavenger Hunt. Using your best sleuthing skills around the Center you can find the answers to the clue sheet that can be picked up at the front desk. You will use the displays both inside and outside to help you complete this fun, informative scavenger hunt. Participants who complete the scavenger hunt can turn in their clue sheets

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