Conservation Department

County Office Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drivers License Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Public Health Services Hours

M - F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clerk of Court Hours

M W F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
T Th 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Buena Vista County, Iowa - Beautiful View

Upcoming Events

If you are interested in attending a program please call the conservation office at 712-295- 7985. If you are interested in signing up for our email list serve to be sent email updates about upcoming programs please email the naturalist.  

                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                              

Naturalist Lunch Box ~ Owls ~ June 16th

Naturalist Lunch Box is back for summer 2017! Naturalist Lunch Box is held at 12:00 PM on selected Fridays in the summer at South Cove Park. Pack a lunch and join the fun! Naturalist Lunch Box is designed for all ages. The naturalist will present a short program on a selected topic and have hands on activities for younger audience members.

On Friday, June 16th at 12:00 PM will be the first Naturalist Lunchbox program of the year. The topic for this week is owls.  Luna the education barred owl will be in attendance to introduce you to the wonderful world of owls! South Cove Park is located along the south shore of Storm Lake at 125 Stoney Point Road, Storm Lake. If you plan on attending, please let Katie know by Wednesday, July 14th by calling 712-295-7985. This program can be cancelled due to lack of participants.

For more information on this program, contact the Buena Vista County Conservation Board by calling 712-295-7985 or e-mailing katiebvcc@webbwireless.net. Visit us online at our website, www.bvcountyparks.com or on Facebook for more up-to-date information.

 

 Polliwog Camp: Ages 4 -6 years

Polliwog Camp will be held at Gabrielson Park/Gustafson Lake. Day camp fee is $5 per student; this fee helps to cover cost of camp supplies. Ten students will be allowed per camp. To register, please contact the conservation office at 712 -295 – 7985. When registering please let us know which camp and time you would like to sign up, also include any allergies or medications we should be aware of. After registering we will either mail or email you a registration form that needs to be filled out and sent back to us along with your registration fee before camp begins. You only need to choose one day of camp.

(Gabrielson Park/Gustafson Lake)

A fun filled morning or afternoon at the lake! We will go fishing, use nets to discover creatures that live in the lake, go on a hunt for turtles, frogs, tadpoles and much more!                

 Tuesday, June 20th 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Wednesday, June 21st 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Thursday, June 22nd 9:00 -11:00 AM

 

Registration for Polliwog Camp closes Friday, June 9th

 

 

Astronomy Night ~ June 24th

Buena Vista County Conservation and Sanford Museum have teamed up to present a night under the moon and stars! The night will begin with identifying and learning the constellations followed by using telescopes to find the moon and planets. Refreshments will be provided.The program begins at 9:30 PM on Saturday, June 24th. Meet at the South Shelter Area of BV County Park. Feel free to bring blankets and lawn chairs to relax in while viewing the night sky. The Astronomy Night program does require a reservation. To RSVP contact the BV County Conservation Office at 712-295-7985.Buena Vista County Conservation Park is located at 377 440th Street Peterson, IA 51047

Feathers Camp: Ages 7 -9 years

Feathers camp will be held at the South Shelter Area in Buena Vista County Conservation camp.  Day camp fee is $5 per student; this fee helps to cover cost of camp supplies. Ten students will be allowed per camp. To register, please contact the conservation office at 712 -295 – 7985. When registering please let us know which camp and time you would like to sign up, also include any allergies or medications we should be aware of. After registering we will either mail or email you a registration form that needs to be filled out and sent back to us along with your registration fee before camp begins. You only need to choose one day of camp.

(BV County Park –South Shelter Area)

Spend a morning or afternoon learning about our feather friends! We will make bird feeders to use at home, meet our education owl Luna and red-tailed hawk Odin, and decorate bluebird houses to hang on the trail at BV County Park!

Tuesday, June 27th9:00 – 11:00 AM

Wednesday, June 28th1:00 -3:00 PM

Thursday, June 29th9:00 – 11:00 AM

 

Registration for Feathers Camp closes Friday, June 16th

 

Naturalist Lunch Box ~ Mammals ~ June 30th

Naturalist Lunch Box is back for summer 2017! Naturalist Lunch Box is held at 12:00 PM on selected Fridays in the summer at South Cove Park. Pack a lunch and join the fun! Naturalist Lunch Box is designed for all ages. The naturalist will present a short program on a selected topic and have hands on activities for younger audience members.

On Friday, June 30th at 12:00 PM will be the second Naturalist Lunchbox program of the year. The topic this week is mammals. The naturalist will bring furs from different Iowa mammals to view and touch. A live education mammal may also make an appearance.  South Cove Park is located along the south shore of Storm Lake at 125 Stoney Point Road, Storm Lake. If you plan on attending, please let Katie know by Wednesday, June 28th by calling 712-295-7985. This program can be cancelled due to lack of participants.

For more information on this program, contact the Buena Vista County Conservation Board by calling 712-295-7985 or e-mailing katiebvcc@webbwireless.net. Visit us online at our website, www.bvcountyparks.com or on Facebook for more up-to-date information.

 

Naturalist Lunch Box ~ Turtles ~ July 14th

Naturalist Lunch Box is back for summer 2017! Naturalist Lunch Box is held at 12:00 PM on selected Fridays in the summer at South Cove Park. Pack a lunch and join the fun! Naturalist Lunch Box is designed for all ages. The naturalist will present a short program on a selected topic and have hands on activities for younger audience members.

On Friday, July 14th at 12:00 PM will be the last Naturalist Lunchbox program of the year. The topic for this week is turtles.  Boxy the box turtles and some of her turtle friends will be there to introduce you to very interesting world of turtles! South Cove Park is located along the south shore of Storm Lake at 125 Stoney Point Road, Storm Lake. If you plan on attending, please let Katie know by Wednesday, July 14th by calling 712-295-7985. This program can be cancelled due to lack of participants.

For more information on this program, contact the Buena Vista County Conservation Board by calling 712-295-7985 or e-mailing katiebvcc@webbwireless.net. Visit us online at our website, www.bvcountyparks.com or on Facebook for more up-to-date information.

 

Snakes of Iowa

The Buena Vista County Conservation Board is hosting an afternoon program on Snakes of Iowa. Snakes are an important part of the ecosystem. Iowa is home to 27 different species. Come to learn all about snake anatomy, diet, habitat and more. Several live snakes will make an appearance!

The Snakes of Iowa program will be held on Saturday, July 22nd at 2:00 in the South Shelter Area.  Each program will offer refreshments.  If you plan on attending, please let Katie know by Friday, July 21st by calling 712-295-7985. This program can be cancelled due to lack of participants.

For more information on this program, contact the Buena Vista County Conservation Board by calling 712-295-7985 or e-mailing katiebvcc@webbwireless.net. Visit us online at our website, www.bvcountyparks.com or on Facebook for more up-to-date information. Buena Vista County Conservation Park is located at 377 440th Street Peterson, IA 51047. 

 

cccblaura@gmail.com. Registration and information forms can be found at http://www.cherokeecountyparks.com! ;

 

Birds in the Afternoon

The Buena Vista County Conservation Board is hosting a new program call Birds in the Afternoon. Birds in the Afternoon will feature a different bird species each program. This program is designed for all ages. The month of August’s topic will be the ruby throated hummingbird.  Learn tips to attract this bird to your yard including how to make your own nectar and plants for containers and beds.

On Friday, August 11th at 2:00 PM, a program on hummingbirds will be offered at the Buena Vista County Conservation Office.  Each program will offer coffee, lemonade, and an assortment of baked goods.  If you plan on attending, please let Katie know by Wednesday, August 9th by calling 712-295-7985. This program can be cancelled due to lack of participants.

For more information on this program, contact the Buena Vista County Conservation Board by calling 712-295-7985 or e-mailing katiebvcc@webbwireless.net. Visit us online at our website, www.bvcountyparks.com or on Facebook for more up-to-date information. Buena Vista County Conservation Park is located at 377 440th Street Peterson, IA 51047. 

 

Monarch Tagging

Join the naturalist to get up close and personal with monarch butterflies. Everyone will get an opportunity to tag a monarch. Tagging monarchs is part of an ongoing research project with the University of Kansas to track migrating monarchs. We will also discuss the decline of monarch butterflies and what you can do to help!

The Monarch Tagging program will be held Saturday, September 9th at 2:00 PM at Buena Vista County Conservation Park. We will meet at the North Shelter Area. The park is located at 377 440th Street Peterson, IA 51047. Registration is required by Friday, September 8th at 4 PM. Call the conservation office at 712 – 295 -7985 to register.

For more information on this program, contact the Buena Vista County Conservation Board by calling 712-295-7985 or e-mailing katiebvcc@webbwireless.net. Visit us online at our website, www.bvcountyparks.com or on Facebook for more up-to-date information. Buena Vista County Conservation Park is located at 377 440th Street Peterson, IA 51047.