Palo Alto County Conservation Board

The purpose of the County Conservation Board is to conserve the natural resources of the county; to acquire, develop, maintain and make available public parks, preserves, recreation conservation areas; to provide adequate programs of public recreation; and to help educate local residents about the natural world.  The Palo Alto County Conservation mangaes over 2,200 acres of public forest, marshes, prairies and parks.  Habitat mangement includes tree planting, prairie and wetland restoration, wildlife food plots, fish stocking and nesting structures for ducks, geese, and songbirds. 


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Experience the simplicity of our parks and wildlife areas.  Play outdoors....canoe, camp, hike, picnic, swim.  See colorful prairie flowers along our roadways or enjoy the wildlife at our marshes.  Bag your limit of pheasants, as hunting is a favorite.  Explore the river, catch that big fish.  Take advantage of the nine miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.  Pack a lunch, relax and unwind at the end of the day with a beautiful sunset. 

Operating Hours & Seasons

Nature Center Hours:

Open year-round

Saturday & Sunday, 1 pm - 4pm

March - December

Wednesday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

January - February

Wednesday - Friday, 9 am - 12 noon