Nature Center open Wednesday and Friday from 10-4 with masks required. Regional Collection Center open normal hours.

News & Announcements

Bee and Butterfly Festival 2020

The Dickinson County Nature Center is excited to announce that Dee’s Bee & Butterfly Festival is set for September. “Although this year will not be the same as previous years, I am excited to keep the tradition of celebrating our pollinators alive through this modified event,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. Instead of a…

Community Relations Coordinator Job Opening

Community Relations Coordinator Job Description To Apply Email cover letter and resume to Lee Sorenson at lsorenson@co.dickinson.ia.us.

Family Nature Night – Geocaching

  The Dickinson County Nature Center is excited to host its first summer program of 2020 with Family Nature Night Friday, July 24. The free family program will focus on geocaching, a global phenomenon in which users can hunt for specially hidden caches with GPS-enabled devices. Staff will give a short presentation on geocaching at…

Photo of first instar monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar instars

After hatching from an egg, monarch caterpillars live about 10-14 days. (Read about the monarch butterfly life cycle here) However, a lot happens in that time. The larval stage of a monarch is called a caterpillar. When the caterpillar first hatches, it is 2-6 mm long. As it grows, it molts — sheds its skin…

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