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Build a mud volcano

If it’s springtime and muddy, like it is in Iowa right now, it’s the perfect time to get outside! Just wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and put your imagination to work with all of the fun mud around. If you need a little inspiration, try making a mud volcano. You’ll just need…

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Four types of wetlands

Bog, marsh, swamp, fen. Often these words are used interchangeably, but in reality, each is its own type of wetland, which is a word used to refer to water-saturated landscapes. (Watch: What is a wetland?) A marsh is a wetland that is continually full of water. If you have been to the Florida Everglades, then…

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Learn about the inner-workings on a honeybee hive

“Bees are fascinating creatures,” said naturalist Ashley Hansen. “When people visit our beehive, I think they’re blown away that they can create what they create.” Honeybees are complex creatures, and Hansen will talk about the inner-workings of a honeybee hive during the final program in the Pollinator Spring Lecture Series 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28,…

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