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Welcome naturalist Ashley Hansen

kiley : September 22, 2017 9:22 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
When Ashley Hansen was an environmental conservation volunteer with the Peace Corps in Santo Domingo, Paraguay, she came across a little kitten with big ears. She adopted the cat and named her Nambi, which in the local native language of Guaraní in her village in Paraguay means “ear.” Even utilizing that ...

How do monarch butterflies find their way south?

kiley : September 20, 2017 3:34 pm : Blog, General Information, mobile
Those wonderful orange-and-black butterflies that we love so much. They fly overhead this time of year, and we know they are headed to their overwintering sites outside of Mexico City. But how do they get there? Plenty of studies have been done throughout the years to try to figure out how a ...
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Hike the Wild continues this fall

kiley : September 15, 2017 10:49 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The next Hike the Wild programs with the Dickinson County Conservation Board take people to sites outside of the county. “It’s just good to explore new places,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. Experience Fort Defiance State Park in the fall during the next hike Tuesday, Sept. 26. Meet at 9:30 a.m. ...
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Nature Tots continues this fall

kiley : September 8, 2017 10:04 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
From Icky Animals to Nature’s Blessings, this fall’s Nature Tots programs at the Dickinson County Nature Center will be full of fun. “Nature Tots for the next couple of months will be related to the upcoming seasons and holidays,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. The program for ages 2-5 is held ...
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Family Glow Walk/Run to light up the night

kiley : August 31, 2017 9:03 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Photo by Eirik Solheim Families are glowing to have a good time during the premier Family Glow Walk/Run this October. The Bedell Family YMCA, Dickinson County Nature Center and Pearson Lakes Art Center have partnered to put together this fun family event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. “The sun will set, and the ...
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The biggest festival of the year is Sept. 1!

kiley : August 25, 2017 1:11 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
We love pollinators at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. That love is shared with hundreds of people during the annual Bee & Butterfly Festival, held 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, this year. “The Bee & Butterfly Festival is our biggest event of the year,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator ...
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