Voted into existence by its residents in 1962, the Washington County Conservation Board (WCCB) is provided direction by five volunteer board members. The Board has the responsibility to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available public parks. They preserve playgrounds, recreation centers, forests, wildlife, and other conservation areas. Funded through a property tax levy, grants, donations, and gifts, the WCCB manages over 2,000 acres of county, private and state-owned land, accessible to the general public. Management of the areas are carefully configured to provide for outdoor recreational and environmental needs of Washington County. Recreational opportunities include areas in which to picnic, camp, bike, hunt, fish, and more. Every effort is made to conserve all of the land under the WCCB's management for future generations to enjoy. The WCCB also claims an award-winning environmental education program. Diverse opportunities for groups and individuals to learn about the natural world include scheduled events, one-on-one assistance, newsletters, interactive displays, bulletin boards, nature, library, and more. As a place to visit and learn about the natural world, the WCCB gives families, individuals, and groups opportunities to share with each other and build a greater sense of community.