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

Welcome Abbie Parker, O’Brien County Naturalist!

The O’Brien County Conservation Board is excited to announce that Abbie Parker has joined our team!  Abbie began serving as the O’Brien County Naturalist on December 1.  She is looking forward to providing programming and educational opportunities for the citizens and visitors of O’Brien County to enjoy.  Please find her introduction letter and contact information below.  Welcome, Abbie! Hello! My name is Abbie Parker and I am proud to be the new Naturalist for O’Brien County Conservation. Originally from Fort

Working Document Regarding Multiple Usage Areas

At the O’Brien County Conservation Board meeting held on November 11, 2020, the public was informed by the board chairman that information regarding multiple usage areas in neighboring counties is being gathered for the board to review. Click here to see the working document containing some research that has been gathered thus far: Notes on Horseback Riding Updated 11-18-20 Photo credit: Rosalind Geels

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Prairie Heritage Center

We are taking extra precautions at the Prairie Heritage Center to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.  Here is what visitors can expect at this time. If you are sick, please do not visit at this time. Please maintain a 6 foot distance between yourself and others at all times. Only 8 people may be in the center at one time. Masks are required. The upper rotunda is open for walk through visits only –

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