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Become a certified Wildlife Guardian

Do you and your kids love animals?

Then the next Family Nature Night Friday, Nov. 22, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji is for you.

The nature center will feature six stations with live animals at which families can learn about and see a live animal, including a hedgehog, amphibians, turtles, snakes, a rabbit and a tarantula. You may even get to touch some of the creatures.

“I am most looking forward to offering our visitors an opportunity to interact with our animal ambassadors,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “Most often, our animals can only be viewed in their enclosures, but for this one night, most of our animals will be out of their enclosures so people can get a closer look.”

After each station, each child will answer a question about the animal, and once they have finished a worksheet about all the animals, they will hand it in for a diploma and a “Certified Wildlife Guardian” button to wear proudly.

“I am so excited to train and certify so many Wildlife Guardians,” Kuhlman said. “Creating a connection with animals at a young age is a great way for youth to connect with nature. I hope that by offering this experience our visitors will walk away with respect for all living things.”

The Animal Encounters Family Nature Night Program will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and will last approximately an hour. Pre-register your family by calling 712-336-6352. The program maximum is 60 participants, so reserve your spots early.

The final Family Nature Night of 2019 will be a Caribbean Night theme 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, and then the program will continue the fourth Friday of each month in 2020.

For more information about Dickinson County Nature Center programs, visit www.dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com or keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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