Nature Center

The Lost Island Prairie Wetland Nature Center's purpose is to instill in the public an appreciation and basic understanding of the wetlands in our county and offer opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature in our area.  We hope to give citizens the information and skills needed to make wise decisions regarding our natural resources, to become better stewards of the land, and to make an impression that will last a lifetime.

All donations are tax deductible and will go toward educational programs and materials, exhibits, library books, landscaping and special events at the Nature Center.  Consider giving a donation today.  Your generosity is truly appreciated.  Stop by the Nature Center and drop your donation off or mail to:  Lost Island Nature Center, P.O. Box 417, Ruthven, Iowa 51358.

Memorials:  Give a memorial gift in memory of a loved one.

Lost Island Nature Center:
3267 – 350th Avenue,
Ruthven, Iowa 51358
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April - December:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm

December - April:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

The Conservation Board staff hours are Monday - Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Staff members are sometimes working in the field and may not be in the office.

Hours may vary due to staff availability.

Please call 712-837-4866 for additional questions or to plan your visit.

brick patio

Brick Donations: Bricks...Building for the Future. Our brick patio has grown over the years. Bricks are available for a $100 donation, and the name of the donor is engraved on the brick. A brick may also be purchased as a memorial, or in honor of someone. Click here for a brick order form. You may print off the order form and send it in. To pay, send a check in with order form.