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Superior Marsh — Head off the beaten track

kiley : September 16, 2016 8:36 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
It was May 20, 1996, when the Dickinson County Conservation Board decided to purchase a 40-acre piece of property quite a distance from its headquarters. What is now known as Superior Marsh is located 1.5 miles northeast of Superior and 1.5 miles east of Swan Lake and originally included 31 acres ...
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Nature Tots program continues year-round

kiley : September 9, 2016 12:17 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The laughter spewed forth as we read the book “Everyone Poops” in preparation for the next Nature Tots 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The popular program for ages 2-5 continues year-round and has some unique themes coming up, including Everybody Poops Sept. 14, ...
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Best Festival of the Year! The Bee & Butterfly Festival is Friday, Sept. 2

kiley : August 26, 2016 10:53 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Mystery, comedy and audience participation — Sioux Falls, SD, magician Nathan Nassif promises to wow his audiences. Nassif will headline during the Bee & Butterfly Festival Friday, Sept. 2, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. His magic show will enthrall all ages, from children to adults, with close-up tricks using coins, ...
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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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