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Welcome to the Buchanan County Conservation Board website. Buchanan County Conservation manages prairies, woodlands, wetlands and streams for both people and wildlife. These properties include 39 parks, natural areas and river accesses located throughout Buchanan County. Our mission is to "improve the quality of life through programs of conservation and education."

The Conservation Department headquarters are located at Fontana Park Interpretive Nature Center. Nature center hours are: Mon - Tues 8 a.m. - Noon; Wed - Fri 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m.; weekends 1-4 p.m. Winter: Nature Center may be closed if travel conditions are "Not Advised," please call in advance 319-636-2617.

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Friends of Fontana

The Friends of Fontana Park is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help fund development of educational displays, written materials (such as the newsletter), and educational programs offered at Fontana and other Buchanan County parks, for both children and adults. The FFP supports programs such as summer camps, nature hikes, survival skills, fishing contests, identifying birds, insects and wildflowers, planting trees, protecting our water, the night sky, earth-friendly crafts, and the seemingly endless number of creative programs that the naturalists at Fontana come up with. 


Join us in supporting this important work. All members will receive special benefits, like an invitation to advance showings of new exhibits, discounts on programs sponsored by the Friends of Fontana Park (including camp discounts with a Family Membership), and an invitation to an annual campfire party. Members are eligible to serve on the Friends of Fontana Park Board of Directors. An annual individual membership is just $35.00; a family membership is $50.00; sponsor level membership is $100, and a business/corporate membership is $100. Those who join at the $100 level or higher will have a commemorative nameplate displayed in the Fontana Nature Center. Donations are tax deductible.

 To join please fill out below form and mail with money to Fontana Park:

Member of Friends of Fontana Park