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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.

2017 Discover Wolves Bus Tour  –  A Weekend with Wolves!
International Wolf Center, Ely, Minnesota
September 21-24; Reservation Deadline August 11, 2017
Registration information and trip brochure can be found by clicking here.

Buchanan, Benton, and Linn County Conservation Departments are offering opportunities to step into the wolf picture during a four-day journey.  Participants will visit the International Wolf Center and take part in its programs as well as view other sites in Minnesota.  The climax of the trip will be an experience of a lifetime – the chance to see and hear wolves in the wild during an evening wolf howl in the Superior National Forest.  Complete information and registration materials can be found in the trip brochure above, or by calling 319-636-2617.

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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
Click here to learn about Fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund

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.