What hiking essential is now listed but was not on the original 1930s essentials list?
In Dickinson County, you can only shoot antlered deer during first shotgun and early muzzle loader season.
The wind you feel on a boat while sailing is what?
How did the term pup tent come about?
If a kayak paddle’s blades are feathered, it means:
How many days does it take the moon to orbit around the Earth?
What is the largest planet in the solar system?
The westerlies are the prevailing winds which are caused predominately by:
What are two metals in the Earth’s core?
Please select 2 correct answers
What is the state flower of Iowa?
What river makes Iowa’s eastern border
What is Iowa’s state bird?
What is Iowa’s state rock?
Beside the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, what other river forms part of Iowa’s boundary?
Who came up with the theory of natural selection?
During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt protected how much public land?
Who wrote and illustrated “The Birds of America” between 1827 and 1838?
What famous environmentalist is from Ames, IA?
What is a baby squirrel called?
What is the fastest animal on two legs?
What animal is the only creature that has legs but can’t walk on them?
How many times can glass be recycled?
What is a group of frogs called?
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Two kinds of elms can be found statewide in Iowa, the American Elm (Ulmus americana) and the red elm (Ulmus rubra) or the slippery elm. American elm American elms have battled disease, like many types of trees native to Iowa. Dutch elm disease was introduced from Europe in the 1930s and affects young American elms…Read More
Turtles come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Some are light green with long necks. Some are dark green. Some have stripes of yellow, and some have orange highlights. They all have one thing in common, though — their domed shell. A paper plate makes for the perfect turtle shell, so it’s an easy craft…Read More
One of the Dickinson County Nature Center red-eared sliders is named Ada, after Iowa conservationist Ada Hayden. Ada Hayden was born in 1884 in Ames, and she became an important conservationist early on through her botany mentor Louis Pammel. She studied botany at Iowa State College, now Iowa State University, and graduated in 1908. She…Read More
Iowa has two kinds of native evergreen trees, which stay green year-round due to their rolled-up, waxy leaves that are known as needles. These leaves are resistant to cold and stay moist, keep them green all year long. Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) Red cedars are native to Iowa, but they are often considered a…Read More
The name of the two salamanders that live at the Dickinson County Nature Center are Sy and Manny. Manny’s name wasn’t very creative, to be honest. It comes from sala”man”der. Sy’s name, however, is in honor of famed Iowa conservationist Sylvan Runkel. Runkel was born in 1906 in Jacksonville, IL, and he graduated from Iowa…Read More
Sy and Manny the tiger salamanders live at the Dickinson County Nature Center in different aquariums, but we think that they would be the best of friends if there were outside in the wild together. What do you think? Click on this link to download our salamander Mad Libs story to fill out. Let us…Read More
Iowa has several different species of ash trees: Black ash (Fraxinus nigra), green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) and white ash (Fraxinus americana). However, only one kind is native to the northwest corner of the state — green ash. Black ash is found in the eastern half of Iowa, and white ash is common in the southeastern…Read More
Luna the hedgehog’s name works on multiple levels. First, luna means moon in Spanish, and since the Dickinson County Nature Center’s African pygmy hedgehog is nocturnal, a name meaning moon is quite apt. Second, like many of our animals, Luna is named after a famous conservationist — Luna Leopold. Leopold was born in 1915 in…Read More
Hedgehogs are known for the spines, the way they protect themselves from predators. They’re spiky but adorable, and this simple paper hedgehog shows off both sides of these nocturnal animals! To make your own paper hedgehog, you’ll need: Two sheets of brown construction paper in two different shades Black marker Staples or glue Scissors Begin…Read More