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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.

Starting January 1st, 2018 reservations for cabins, campsites, and shelters will be taken through the new online reservation system.  Click here to start making a reservation online!  In The Otter Creek Quarterly, Winter 2017-2018, find more information about the online reservation system by clicking here

New Year's Woodland Hike 
Monday January 1st, 11:00 a.m.

Fontana Main Shelter

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Start off the first day of 2018 with a guided walk through Fontana Park's woodland trails.  While hiking the trails, there will be talk about forest management, plants, and animals of the woods.  After the hike, there will be hot chocolate, a snack, and fire in the Main Shelter.  All ages are welcome.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Preregistration is required for the event by going to https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Buchanan/Park/Fontana-Park/Events.aspx or by calling (319) 636-2617.

Recycled Bird Feeders
Saturday January 10th, 10 a.m.

Fontana Nature Center Classroom
Cost: $3 per feeder

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Bring beautiful birds to your backyard using reclaimed materials. This clever snowman’s hat holds the seed that empties into the brim for birds to perch on and feed. Bring a metal coffee can if you have it, or use a couple that we have prepared. Learn the types of food most attractive to many birds, and where to hang your feeder for the best variety of bird visitors. Start feeding now to have a variety of birds to count for the GBBC. Preregistration is required by calling (319) 636-2617 or e-mailing bccbscheduling@gmail.com .

MONARCHS MONARCHS MONARCHS Click here to learn about plants for Monarchs

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 dcohen@co.buchanan.ia.us to be placed on the Conservation List serve. You will receive approximately 2-3 emails a week about conservation programs in Iowa.