Earth Day Celebration Trivia Night is family friendly

Photo of a poster for Earth Day

Do you know what the monarch butterfly’s host plant is? What about the 10 essentials for hiking?

Put your outdoor knowledge to the test during the Earth Day Celebration Trivia Night 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.

“Through the years, we’ve celebrated Earth Day week in a lot of different ways, and this year we’re excited to try something new with a family-friendly trivia night competition hosted in our new Pollinator Paradise addition at the nature center,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free trivia night for teams of two-six. Each round will feature 10 questions, and round themes will be: Outdoor recreation, nature photo identification, earth science, Iowa history, sound clip identification, and famous environmentalists.

“Even those who don’t consider themselves environmental experts or conservationists can participate,” Roth said. “We’ll have questions about camping, kayaking, hunting, fishing, birds, Native Americans, weather and so much more. Anyone can participate.”

However, if you get stuck on a question, you can also use a mulligan. Up to five mulligans can be purchased per team for $1 each, and each mulligan affords a team a free point for a difficult question.

Short breaks will be held throughout the tournament, and during that time environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman and naturalist Ashley Hansen will lead three kids challenges. Kids will get the opportunity to dress the naturalists up as bugs, to participate in an animal movement relay and to get prizes with a cling wrap ball activity. Plus, coloring pages and toys will be out throughout the night for kids to have fun while adults are playing trivia.

During the breaks, adults will also have the opportunity to sample beer and wine from West O and Little Swan Lake Winery. Purchase a souvenir glass for $5 and receive two tickets to sample beverages. Free kids punch and popcorn will also be available, and people may also bring their own drinks and snacks.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each round, and for the overall first, second and third place teams. The grand prize is two sets of snowshoes and other goodies worth almost $400 donated by the Okoboji Expedition Company. Second place is a family game night basket with a carpet cleaning gift certificate worth up to $110 from Servpro, and third place is six gift certificates for University of Okoboji T-shirts at The Three Sons in Milford.

Other prizes have been donated by: Bird Haven, Boernsen Bees, Dickinson County Conservation, Great Lakes Cinema 7, Papa Murphy’s, Rabab’s, Wal-Mart and West O.

“This is an event that you won’t want to miss,” Roth said. “We’re glad that we can provide an opportunity for the family to get out, test their nature knowledge and have some fun together.”

For more information on this event or other free Dickinson County Nature Center programming, call 712-336-6352 or visit You can also keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you’re in the mood for trivia, try some of our online quizzes:
-Test Your Monarch Knowledge
-What Fish is It?
-What Animal Ambassador Are You?
-Can You Tell the Animal by the Extreme Close-Up?


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