Naturalist Full-time Position

Palo Alto County Conservation Board has a full-time Naturalist position available.  This position will be based at the Lost Island Nature Center/Huston Park. Naturalist Full-time Position

Salton Park Picnic Shelter

The Palo Alto County Conservation Board constructed a picnic shelter at Salton Park. Take a drive, go fishing, and enjoy Salton Park located on the northwest side of beautiful Silver Lake.

Lost Island Huston Park Campground

The Lost Island – Huston Park Campground has been updated to electrical and water sites, along with adding a playground.  We hope you plan to come and camp this spring and enjoy the new amenities.  Huston Park also has walking trails, a boat ramp, a swimming beach, three docks, a fish cleaning station, and three fishing accesses on Lost more »

Nature Center Lakeside Stairway

Visiting the Nature Center or looking for a beautiful place to fish? Come check out the new lakeside stairway by the brick patio and dock.

New Dock

This new boating, fishing, swimming dock is located near the south picnic shelter in Lost Island Huston Park. We hope visitors enjoy this new addition!
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Iowa Honey Queen - Carly Ray Vannoy Presentation

Oct 21, 2017 – 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Royalty is coming to the Nature Center!!! The best kind of royalty, the 2017 Iowa Honey Queen, Carly Ray Vannoy. She is traveling the state and giving presentations about honey bees and their importance, honey and beekeeping. You won’t want to BEE late to this one on Saturday, October 21st at 10 a.m. here at […]

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Waffle Breakfast

Oct 22, 2017 – 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us at the VFW in Emmetsburg for Dad’s Belgian Waffle Fundraiser in support of the Lost Island Nature Center. This fundraiser event will take place on October 22nd from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Advance tickets are available at the Lost Island Nature Center at 712-837-4866 or contact a Foundation Board Member: Jay Bargman, […]

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Halloween Hike

Oct 24, 2017 – 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn about “Wetland Animals” on the trails at Lost Island-Huston Park, during our ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HIKE. It will take place on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017. ~~ Guides with lanterns will lead you down the trail to meet a variety of characters. Group hikes will last about 40 minutes, departing every 10 minutes from the south […]

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Cross-Country Skiing

Dec 09, 2017 – 12:00 am

Join us at Lost Island Huston Park. Call 712-837-4866 to reserve a pair of skis.

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Dec 27, 2017 – 12:00 am

Call 712-837-4866 to reserve a pair of snowshoes or join us with your own.

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Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Board of Supervisors meet at the Palo Alto County Courthouse each Tuesday. You can find the Board of Supervisors meeting schedule by following the link provided – Supervisor Meeting Dates
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