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It’s time to think about spring planting

kiley : March 17, 2017 8:43 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Bring back the bees. Bring back the butterflies. With pollinator populations dropping drastically in recent years, the push to bring them back has spread. But how do we do that? One of the best ways is to plant native flowers and grasses in our landscaping, providing pollinator habitat and food sources. Native plantings ...
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DNR brings Volunteer Wildlife Monitoring program to nature center

kiley : March 14, 2017 9:26 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile
While the winter wind whips and the snow keeps falling it is hard to imagine spring but March brings a glimmer of hope. March is when Iowa’s dedicated frog and toad survey volunteers start listening to their call CD and sharpening their pencils in preparation for the first warm(ish) night in ...

Spring photography contest accepting entries

kiley : March 10, 2017 9:00 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile
The smell of grilled salmon wafted through the trees off West Lake Okoboji. Small black noses twitched and mouths watered as four small raccoons peered over the limbs of a tree to see who was cooking such deliciousness. It was at that exact moment that David Curry, 61 of Dakota Dunes, SD, ...
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If you’re passionate about water quality, check out this program

kiley : March 3, 2017 9:00 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Water quality is a murky issue. Clear it up by participating in the Master River Stewards Program April-May in the Iowa Great Lakes area. “It’s going to be an in-depth program with conservation professionals going over most aspects of water quality,” said Charles Vigdal of the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “Water quality ...
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Summer camp registration opens March 1

kiley : February 27, 2017 9:05 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Sunshine and summertime — admit it; it’s what’s on your mind. Plan ahead for how much fun your kids can have this summer at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji as registration for summer camps opens March 1 online. Ages 4-18 have the opportunity to get outside with a variety of ...
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Do bugs freak you out?

kiley : February 10, 2017 8:54 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
“Bugs just freak people out.” Entomologist Emily Fontenot has seen this happen time and time again, people shuddering at the thought of insects, but that reaction is usually not warranted. And the way people deal with bugs is not always the best either. Instead of a spray-first mentality, Fontenot will give alternative ...
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