Palo Alto County Conservation Board
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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, wildlife and other conservation areas; to provide adequate programs of public recreation; and to help educate local residents about the natural world.  The Palo Alto County Conservation Board manages over 2,500 acres of public forests, marshes, prairies and parks.  Habitat management 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.

We believe that the conservation of our natural resources tomorrow depends upon the education of our citizens today.  A Naturalist conducts programs to teach and encourage children and adults to explore the natural world and experience nature first-hand.  Take advantage of summer weekend programs at the nature center and other events throughout the seasons.  Programs are also provided for civic and youth groups and the general public.  Our prairies, marshes, lakes and river will keep you coming back for more.   


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