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9 off-the-wall reasons to attend the Bee & Butterfly Festival

August 22, 2017
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1. Buy butterfly milkweed. Dickinson County Nature Center staff have grown butterfly milkweed seedlings which will be for sale for $5 each during the Bee & Butterfly Festival 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. You can buy one or 10 and start your own pollinator garden right in your own yard. 2. Get ...

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Rainy days call for indoor activities like the schoolhouse

August 16, 2017
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While I was taking a shift at the Westport Schoolhouse yesterday in Kenue Park, two families with young children came in. “OK, you be the teacher,” the kids said to their dad. “Good morning class,” the dad started. “Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15. We’re going…

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Free family fun at the Bee & Butterfly Festival

August 11, 2017
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The live monarch tagging is always a hit at the annual Bee & Butterfly Festival at the Dickinson County Nature Center, and this year’s festival will feature live animals as well. The Great Plains Zoomobile from Sioux Falls, SD, will bring four live animals for…

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#welovepollinators

August 9, 2017
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Gingerly. Gently. My face tightened up as I concentrated on being careful with the fragile chrysalis clinging to the toothpick in my hand. At Pollinator Paradise, we rear monarchs from…

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Play free disc golf with the family

August 4, 2017
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Once a week? Twice? Every day? How often do we wonder what we can do with our family for fun that’s actually free? One answer to the quandary is to…

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Pollinator Paradise: Good-bye porch

August 2, 2017
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I returned from vacation to quite a change outside the Dickinson County Nature Center. No porch on the north side of the building. Giant piles of dirt. A trench as…

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