Can You Canoe (or Kayak)? Paddling Adventure

Let’s hit the water at Mill Creek Park for this month’s Nature Nut series. Participants will learn paddling skills and get to try out canoes and kayaks. Be prepared to have fun (and maybe get wet) on Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m.  This program will be led by Naturalist, Abbie Parker, who is a…

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Prairie Heritage Center: Updated Hours

    The Prairie Heritage Center hours have changed due to a lack of volunteers to help on Sunday afternoons. Please note that hours at the Prairie Heritage Center will be Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours will resume when we have enough volunteers. If…

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Wings & Wetlands Festival

O’Brien County Conservation invites you to participate in the annual Wings & Wetlands Festival on Saturday, May 15th. It is a great opportunity to experience the wonders of birds and their habitats. Wings & Wetlands will be hosted at the Prairie Heritage Center and will have organized activities throughout the morning.  Many of the programs…


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…


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…


Grain Bin Cabins Featured on Sioux City News

Check it out!  One of our favorite projects was featured on the Sioux City news yesterday.  Follow this link to watch: Proud of all that we provide for the citizens and visitors of O’Brien County!  


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…

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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. Thursday, March 25 @ 6:30 p.m. Prairie Heritage Center During this program you will learn the ins and outs of composting, get plans on how to build your own…


Spring Newsletter Now Available!

Follow this link to check out what’s happening at the O’Brien County Conservation Board! Little Sioux Wanderings Spring 2021 Newsletter We hope to see you soon at the parks and Prairie Heritage Center.

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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…

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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…

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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…