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Tips for birding in northwest Iowa

kiley : January 6, 2017 9:03 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
A flock of small gray birds appears in your yard, hopping around in the snow eating some seed that has spilled from your backyard bird feeders. Another red-headed bird sits on the feeder, pecking at the sunflower seeds inside. But do you know the names of the species that you see? Local birder ...
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Environmental education coordinator/naturalist position opening

kiley : January 4, 2017 10:44 am : Administrative, General Information, mobile
Open until filled JOB TITLE: Environmental Education Coordinator/Naturalist FLSA: Non-Exempt REPORTS TO: Executive Director SALARY: $42,000-$50,000 plus benefits Job Summary: Under supervision of Executive Director, supervises and conducts educational activities and educational staff in the performance of environmental awareness curriculum. Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree related to environmental ...
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Nature Tots expands to two sessions in 2017

kiley : December 30, 2016 8:54 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Humans don’t hibernate, so it’s time to get out of the house. Bring your toddler, ages 2-5, to the next Nature Tots Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and go for a Wintertime Walk. “We will focus on snow and how animals survive through the winter,” said ...
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Horseshoe Bend tubing hill not yet open for the season

kiley : December 28, 2016 10:54 am : Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The Horseshoe Bend Winter Sports Area tubing hill has not yet opened for the season due to unfavorable snow conditions. When the hill does open, hours will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Day passes are $10 per person, including the tube, and season passes are available for $45 each. For the most ...

Celebrating the days getting longer

kiley : December 1, 2016 8:41 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Making yin yangs in the snow Burning a yule log, a yule log cake, yule log ornaments on our Christmas trees — but do we really even know where the yule log tradition came from? Naturalist Charles Vigdal will explain to all those who attend the Winter Solstice Hike 3 p.m. Thursday, ...
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December’s supermoon and the Geminids meteor shower

kiley : December 1, 2016 8:28 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The closest supermoon since 1948 showed up in November, but was it really that big of a deal? Supermoons actually aren’t all that rare. The term just means a full moon the closely coincides with the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, and to most people, a supermoon ...
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