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Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in O’Brien County

Emerald Ash Borer, which is an invasive wood-boring insect from Asia that kills ash trees, has now been confirmed in O’Brien County. Samples from ash trees were taken from rural Paullina earlier this month and officials with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) confirmed that the samples were positive for Emerald Ash…

Bald Eagle Presentation – CANCELED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bald Eagle presentation on Saturday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. has been canceled.  We hope to reschedule this program for later this spring. Stay tuned and watch out social media and website for updates on date and time. SOAR which stands for Saving Our Avian Resources is an organization dedicated…

Winter Funderland Schedule

Winter Funderland Schedule of Events February 5, 2022 | Mill Creek Park | 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Activities Outside 2:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Bonfire with S’mores Ice Bowling 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Ice Fishing Snowshoeing 3:00 p.m. Human Dog Sled Races – Teams must register by 2:30 p.m. to participate 5:00…

Holiday Hours

The Prairie Heritage Center is a great place to visit during winter break. There is so much to do for people of all ages! Enjoy holiday crafts that are set up in the conference room, grab a bird id book from the free little library and go bird watching, check out all the great displays,…

2022 Winter Library Series

O’Brien County Conservation Board is pleased to partner with area libraries to offer a naturalist led program close to home during January, February, and March. Programs are 45 minutes long, with time for questions. The winter library series is great for all ages! Find a library close to home and check out each monthly topic.…

Little Free Library Installed

The next time you visit the Prairie Heritage Center stop by and grab a book at the new Little Free Library! The library was set-up outside the nature center at the beginning of December and it is filled with nature themed books for people of all ages to enjoy. Do you want to learn more…

December 10th – Prairie Heritage Center Closed

Due to the winter storm the Prairie Heritage Center will be closing at noon on Friday, December 10th, for the rest of the day. The Center will be open for regular hours on Saturday, December 11th from 1-4:00 p.m. Stay safe and stay warm!

Volunteer Christmas Tea POSTPONED

The Volunteer Christmas Tea scheduled for Friday, December 10th has been postponed due to the pending snow storm. Stay home, stay safe, and enjoy the first major snowfall of the season. Please watch for an announcement for a future time and date. Thank you!

December OCCB Board Meeting – Date Change

The December OCCB Board Meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th has been rescheduled for Monday, December 13th. It will be held at the Prairie Heritage Center at 7:00 p.m. Click here to review the agenda for this meeting. 

Prairie Heritage Center Extended Hours

Starting Wednesday, December 8, 2021 the Prairie Heritage Center will now offer expanded hours once a month. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The Prairie Heritage Center offers educational displays, hands on activities, and lots of space to explore the outdoors. We hope…

Save the Date: Winter Funderland

Mark your calendar for a fun, new winter event this February 5th at Mill Creek Park – Winter Funderland! O’Brien County Conservation Board looks forward to sharing the joys of being outdoors in the winter. Winter Funderland will host a variety of activities (many ice and snow pending) that are great for all ages. Save…

Thanksgiving Hours

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Prairie Heritage Center will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. The center will be open on Saturday, November 27th from 1-4 p.m. Looking for something to do over the Thanksgiving holiday? Get outside! Visit an O’Brien County Conservation park or the trails at the Prairie…