Big Bluestem

If you have been driving around lately, you have probably noticed a color change on some of our prairies and ...
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Lost Island Trail Improvements

This summer the Lost Island Trail was extended and now provides two miles of paved surface for joggers, walkers, and bicyclists.  People ...
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Our Amazing Campground Hosts

Every summer Bill and Tammy Horst welcome campers as hosts for the campground at Huston Park near Lost Island Lake.  ...
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New Exhibits at the Nature Center

Visitors are enjoying new exhibits at the Nature Center, including an interactive digital kiosk, balancing challenges, a large tree and ...
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2019 Outdoor Women's Day

Sep 28, 2019 – 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Outdoor Women’s Day

Join Emmet, Kossuth, and Palo Alto County Conservation for a day full of outdoor exploration & fun!

Where:  Lost Island Nature Center, Ruthven, Iowa

When:  Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9 am to 2 pm

Cost:  $20 (Must be 18+ to participate)

Morning Session:  Explore Lost Island by trying out kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.  Take in the beautiful area by hiking around and bird watching.

Lunch:  Outdoor cooking

Afternoon Session:  Beekeeping Presentation with Veronica, the Honey Queen from the North Iowa Beekeepers Club.  Includes making a beeswax candle to take home!

How to Register:  Call Kossuth County Conservation at 515-295-2138 to register

Registration Deadline:  September 20th

**Limit 25 Participants**

This event is organized and sponsored by Palo Alto, Emmet, and Kossuth County Conservation Boards.

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Waffle Breakfast

Oct 20, 2019 – 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 fundraising event will take place at the Emmetsburg VFW on October 20th 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, Jim Carpenter, Shana Herke, Maureen Horsley, SueAnn Deitering, Pat Moliter, Julie Nelson

Advance tickets: $7.50
At the door: $8.00

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Halloween Hike

Oct 22, 2019 – 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn about “Insects” on the trails at Lost Island-Huston Park, during our ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HIKE.

It will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019.

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 picnic shelter at Huston Park beginning at 6:30 pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served at the Nature Center.

$1.00 per person

 Reservations are required by calling 712-837-4866.

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Christmas Open House at Lost Island Nature Center

Dec 04, 2019 – 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holiday Open House

Start your holiday season by enjoying the fragrance of fresh evergreens and celebrating Christmas cheer at the Lost Island Nature Center.  A variety of decorated Christmas trees by area organizations and businesses will be on display and holiday treats will be available to enjoy.

  • Where: Lost Island Nature Center
  • When: December 4th from 3-5 p.m.

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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 ...
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