McCormack Area will be Open to Equestrian Use beginning in May

The O’Brien County Conservation Board is pleased to announce that the McCormack Area will be open to horseback riding beginning May 17, 2021.  At the last regular meeting of the O’Brien County Conservation Board, horseback riding was named a designated use for that area. Here are the rules for riding:  Riding is allowed from the day after the last day of turkey season to the day before youth deer season Riding is allowed from sunrise to sunset No riding until

Apply NOW for Summer Help Positions!

The O’Brien County Conservation Board is seeking applicants for part-time, summer employees to assist the rangers at our campgrounds and areas this season.  Job duties include, but are not limited to, cleaning restrooms, painting & staining, mowing & trimming, tree removal and garbage collection & disposal.  Must be 18 years of age to apply. Click here for a full job description:  Director Job Description Part Time Help Job Description TO APPLY:  Send resume to Brian Schimmer, Director, O’Brien County Conservation

Signs of Spring | Saturday, April 10th

Spring has sprung at the Prairie Heritage Center | 10-11:30 a.m. We hope to see you on Saturday, April 10th for a fun-filled morning program. We will read a book all about spring, do a spring-time craft, and then go on a hike through the prairie and see if you can find all the signs that spring has arrived to O’Brien County. This program is great for all ages! To register for this program CLICK HERE.  Registration is required. Registration

Composting 101 – March Nature Nut Series

Join us in-person or adventure on your own, with family or friends as you become an O’Brien County Conservation Nature Nut. March’s topic is Composting 101. During this program you will learn the ins and outs of composting, get plans on how to build your own outdoor composting bin (or places to purchase bins), and create a kitchen table top – or under the sink – compost bin to take home. Wasn’t able to make it in person?! Check out

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.

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