Buchanan County, Iowa

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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.

Natural and Recycled Ornaments
Monday December 4th, 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $7.00 per person
Fontana Interpretive Nature Center
Ornaments 1         Ornaments 2

Using items such as pine cones, walnuts, egg cartons, small bottles, and grapevine, participants will construct a variety of ornaments for the holidays.  Each person will be able to complete several ornaments of their choice.  There is a $7 registration fee per person, and those under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration is required. 

Upper Wapsipinicon Rive Watershed - Open House
Wednesday December 6th, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Independence Public Library

Attend this Open House and learn about projects designed to reduce flooding in the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed. Participants will be asked to share their concerns, values, and interests related to the watershed.

No RSVP is necessary, just drop in at anytime during the open house. This is the only open house being held in Buchanan County, but there are three other such events to be held in other towns in the watershed. For more information, contact Megan Buckingham at Northeast Iowa RC&D (563-864-7112; megan@northeastiowarcd.org).

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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 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.