There are several fun activities currently being planned by the O'Brien County Conservation Board.
If you are looking for an afternoon of treasure hunting or if you are headed out to an unknown destination, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) can be your answer. Learn more about this technology by attending a 'Finding Your Way' program. The O'Brien County Conservation Board is holding this event at Dog Creek Park, near Sutherland, on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. Meet at the shelter house at the top of the hill on the south side of the lake.
The naturalist will walk you through the GPS process. You will then have the opportunity to explore the technology by taking part in a scavenger hunt around the park. Have fun learning about the geo-caching rage. The GPS technology is becoming common in everything from cell phones to cars. The program is free and open to all. Youth under 12 years old must come with an adult.
Another program presented this summer by the O'Brien County Conservation Board is 'Build A Solar Clock.'
The Year 2009 has been declared the Year of Astronomy. The O'Brien County Conservation Board has been presenting monthly programs to help people explore the skies. This month, the astronomy program will take place during the day. Join the naturalist at the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. to 'Build A Solar Clock'. After exploring Earth's rotation, participants will take part in building a solar clock on the land. A miniature version can be taken home, or participants can collect plans to build a life-size version at their own homes. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the sky in a different setting!
If camping is more your style, The O'Brien County Conservation Board recently announced that the Mill Creek Campground Electrical Upgrade has been completed.
All of the campsites at Mill Creek are now equipped with 20/30/50 AMP electrical service. Internet and cable television connections are also available at each site. The Conservation Board and the O'Brien County Supervisors are pleased to be able to provide these upgraded services to residents and visitors using the park.
The modernization of the campground not only provides local recreational opportunities close to home, it also enhances the quality of opportunities available in the region.
Remember the many other activities available at Mill Creek Park. Fishing is great on the new handicap- accessible dock, and the Paullina Lions Club has again generously sponsored the lifeguards for swimming at the beach. The lifeguard service began on June 15.
Stop by Mill Creek Park near Paullina for a great summer outing.
For more information, contact the O'Brien County Conservation Board at