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Westport Park: An Iowa Great Lakes gem

kiley : August 19, 2016 8:56 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
In June 1981, Dickinson County Conservation Board entered into a maintenance agreement to refresh an exhausted county gravel pit into a county park. It started as only six acres, so small it looks like only a dot on a map of the Iowa Great Lakes area. The original document included on ...
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Mark your calendars for the Bee & Butterfly Festival Sept. 2

kiley : August 10, 2016 9:19 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
There was standing room only in the Dickinson County Nature Center lower level last year when Marlene Boernsen began to speak. The local beekeeper had the public enthralled as she showed just how honey is extracted from the honeycomb in her hives. Boernsen will return to repeat her fascinating demonstration at 6 ...
Adult winner --- Alex Miles "Spirit Lake Petunia"

Calling all nature photographers!

kiley : August 5, 2016 8:53 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Adult winner — Alex Miles “Spirit Lake Petunia” Colorful blooms brighten the world this time of year, but we don’t often take time to really look at them. Alex Miles of Spirit Lake takes the time to appreciate them, though. His stunning close-up photograph of the center of a bright pink petunia ...
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Take on The Nature Center Challenge

kiley : July 28, 2016 9:21 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Look at the trees on the east side of the Westport Schoolhouse in Kenue Park; what kind of fruit do they produce? Come to the Dickinson County Nature Center’s next Family Nature Night 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, and see for yourself. During The Nature Center Challenge, compete with other families ...
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Learn about the best meteor shower of the year

kiley : July 22, 2016 9:13 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Just look up. Meteors will streak through the night sky at the beginning of August, and you can learn all about these upcoming celestial events during the next Star Trekking program 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The August program will surround the upcoming Perseids ...
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Free field day precedes Prairie Lakes Conference

kiley : July 20, 2016 11:58 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile
Jared Herbert and his wife, Mary, began implementing conservation practices on their Lake Park farm in the 1990s. “It’s the right thing to do as far as conservation ethics,” Herbert said. “It eliminates erosion from wind and water. It frees up your labor. I was really getting tired working all the ...
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