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Buchanan County Conservation

The Conservation Board offices are located at Fontana Park Interpretive Nature Center.  Buchanan County Conservation Board provides parks, prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and river accesses for both people and wildlife. The Conservation Board cares for 40 properties, and features an award-winning Environmental Education Program.  The Conservation Board's mission is to "improve quality or life through programs of conservation and education."

Enjoy Buchanan County rivers

Nature Center display floor hours are:
Monday - Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Weekends April 1st - October 3 1st 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends November 1st - April 1st 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Nature Center can open by appointment by calling (319) 636-2617
Winter: Nature Center may be closed if travel conditions are "Not Advised," please call in advance (319) 636-2617.

First Iowa Woman to Summit Mount Everest to

Speak at Friends of Fontana Park Fundraiser

Jen in mountains 

Jen Loeb of Jesup recently became the first woman from Iowa to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  She will be the featured speaker during Friends of Fontana Park's (FFP) fundraiser banquet to be held Sunday, September 17 at Wolfey’s Wapsie Outback in Quasqueton, Iowa.  The cost to attend this event is $20 per person, and includes supper and Loeb’s presentation.  Seats must be reserved in advance.  Call 319-636-2617 or email BCCBscheduling@gmail.com.

 Loeb reached the summit of the world’s tallest mountain on May 19 of last year, but the way was not easy.  The climb is extremely demanding.  It takes every bit of mountaineering skills, endurance, and mental toughness.  One mistake can be life-threatening. 

Following a great supper, participants will enjoy Loeb's pictorial presentation about her Mount Everest climb, and other climbing adventures she has undertaken around the world.  She also will show some of the special gear she uses while climbing, and will discuss the training that is involved. 

Loeb grew up on a small family farm near Jesup and graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in biology.  Though not the typical start to mountain climbing, she will share how this helped her along the way.

Friends of Fontana Park is a private nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the conservation education programs of the Buchanan County Conservation Board.

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Donate to education programs, exhibits, and facilities in Buchanan County by supporting the Friends of Fontana Park!

Roughly half of Iowa’s rivers, lakes, and streams fail to meet water quality standards
Less than 10 percent of Iowa’s wetlands – natural spaces that help prevent flooding and provide habitat for wildlife – remain, amounting to a loss of 5 million acres of wetlands
• Over the last two decades, Iowa has lost more than 1.6 million acres of habitat suitable for pheasants and other small game
• Iowa loses an average of 5 tons per acre of soil, our major economic engine, each year to erosion
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Please click here to learn more about Friends of Fontana Park and how you can become involved!

Would you like to find out more about wildlife, county programs, Iowa fishing reports and more? Please email bccbdan@iowatelecom.net to be placed on the Conservation List serve. You will receive approximately 2-3 emails a week about conservation programs in Iowa.