About the Animals
The Sioux County Conservation Board houses a variety of resident animals at the Prairie Woods Nature Center in Oak Grove Park. Each animal has its own story. Some are permanently injured, others are unable to be released for various reasons. We do our best to replicate a natural life for them. This means providing them with a healthy diet, vitamins, housing and exercise that mimics their natural environment.
Why do we have them? The animals are used for education programs with schools, summer camps, nursing home, libraries, public programs etc. They help us teach things like animal coverings, animal groups, endangered animals, genetics etc. When they are not involved in a program they are on display for visitors. They are apart of our education team!
We occasionally offer public feeding programs with our animals. This could include offering food to our snakes, turtles or amphibians. We cannot guarantee they will always be hungry, but you never know! Watch our Facebook page for these programs.
During the summer months, we host pop up animal programs in our campgrounds. These will feature facts about the animals with the possibility of public interaction as well. Flyers with details will be posted in the campgrounds.
Sponsor an Education Animal
This sponsorship program will assist us in the cost of feeding and caring for these animals. Money will pay for food, bedding, vitamins, special UV lights and other supplies needed for their care. Animals are sponsored at the beginning of each year.
If you are interested in participating in this program. Please download and print the brochure at the bottom of the page, fill it out, and send it in. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 712-552-3057.
Sponsors will receive:
Photograph of animal(s)
Informational fact sheet
Name displayed at Nature Center
Animals to Sponsor and Rates
Tree Frog (Lorenzo) $50.00
Tiger Salamander (Star) $50.00
Snakes (Wilbur and Walt) $100.00
Turtles (Mac and Stella) $100.00