The Dickinson County Nature Center is now open Saturdays, year-round.
Instead of returning to its previous schedule of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Labor Day-Memorial Day, the Dickinson County Nature Center will now remain open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday year-round.
“We have had requests from visitors to have a weekend day open to the public during the off-season so kids who are in school have an opportunity to visit the nature center,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator. “We are excited to make this transition to being open Saturdays year-round to accommodate more visitors. It makes us happy that people love to visit the nature center so much that they have asked for this change.”
The Dickinson County Nature Center is located at 22785 Nature Center Road in Okoboji, a half-mile off of Hwy. 71, and features live animal ambassadors as well as many interactive and educational exhibits. Admission is free, and people of all ages can experience an indoor glacial landmark tour, a walk-through bat cave, a kids space area, the Prairie Roots exhibit, a model osprey nest and more.
“Our new addition, Pollinator Paradise, will be closed Sept. 7-Nov. 16 as we finish installing the new children’s museum-quality exhibits all about pollinators that we have been working on for more than a year,” Roth said. “The grand opening for Pollinator Paradise will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, and we’re excited to reveal all the fun, interactive, educational exhibits to the public.”
During the time that Pollinator Paradise is closed, the rest of the main level and lower level of the nature center will still remain open to the public.