It’s Only Natural…

 The Conservation Education Center at Marr Park in Washington County

The Conservation Education Center is now open! 


Center Hours

April 1 - September 30
Monday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m
Friday & Saturday 12:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
October 1 - March 31
Monday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Features

Tinnes Exhibit Hall:  You and your family will enjoy exploring the interactive exhibits in this room.  Get a glimpse of the underwater world through the exhibit's 180-gallon aquarium with native fish.

Steinbeck Conference Hall:   A cathedral ceiling and panoramic view enhance this large meeting room.  A small, attached kitchen allows for catered meals.  The room seats 144 with tables and 200 with chairs.

Nicola Library:  Find answers to your nature questions from species identification to backyard habitat design.   A large handcrafted oak table seats 15 for your small meeting needs.

Dallmeyer Laboratory:   Used for educational programs, the lab provides space for water study and craft activities.

Federation Bank Observation Deck:  Take a break and enjoy the relaxing view overlooking Thomas Marr Lake.

River Products Company Outdoor Classroom:  Watch for butterflies and birds in this native landscape of prairie and trees.  Gather ideas to create your own backyard habitat.

Conservation Board Office:   In this centralized location, you can reach all Board staff, reserve facilities, and schedule programs. 


Rental Policy

Reservations are taken for the calendar year beginning October 1 of the previous year.  The fees are as follows:

  1. Steinbeck Conference Hall and Kitchen:  $160

  2. Nicola Library:  $40

  3. Hall and Library:  $200

  4. Wedding and wedding receptions:  $400

For each of these categories, the returnable deposit is equal to the rental fee.

The following policy applies:

  1. Without exception, full price shall be paid by any group on weekends, holidays, or any events where fees are charge.

  2. Other Washington County government entities shall be allowed to use Marr Park facilities free on unscheduled weekdays.

  3. Washington County-based nonprofit groups, service groups, and conservation agencies will be allowed one free use per year and half price all other times.

  4. Church groups and nonprofit groups not based in Washington County will be allowed one use per year at half price. 

The Center is an alcohol and smoke free environment.  During scheduled open hours, the building itself, except for rented rooms, will remain open to the public.