Dickinson County Nature Center

The Nature Center is open normal hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10-4 with masks optional. The regional collection center open normal hours Dickinson County Nature Center live animals See painted turtles, an ornate box turtle, red-eared sliders, a baby snapping turtle, salamanders, a frog and toad, a hedgehog, snakes, a tarantula, fish and more! Topography sandbox Read More »

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It’s Baby Season in Nature

If you haven’t noticed any tiny animals out and about, keep an eye out because it’s the baby season in nature. Spring and summer are the perfect time for animals to have their babies for many reasons so let’s explore them! The days get longer during the spring! Once the days get longer, mommas have Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Nature Tots continues in 2020

child putting item on felt board

Nature stories, live animals, outdoor play — Nature Tots is a hit program at the Dickinson County Nature Center that will return Jan. 8 for the 2020 season. “I think this program has been so well attended because it offers activities families can do together,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “It also gives families Read More »

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Family Nature Night goes to the Caribbean

woman reading a story

It may feel like the weather outside is frightful, but Caribbean Night will be so delightful at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The final Family Nature Night for 2019 has a tropical theme. “We thought it would be fun to take it outside the parameters of Iowa and think a little warmer,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, Read More »

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StarLab comes to Family Nature Night

meteor

“Do you want to know the difference between comets, meteors, asteroids and meteorites?” asked naturalist Ashley Hansen. She will explain these differences during the next Family Nature Night Friday, July 26, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. A portable StarLab inflatable planetarium will be set up in Pollinator Paradise for programs at 7 p.m. and Read More »

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Free fun in the Nature Playscape

child crossing a swinging bridge

Open all day every day, the Nature Playscape is a perfect place for families to enjoy the Okoboji outdoors. Located in Kenue Park, just outside the Dickinson County Nature Center, the playscape offers a variety of recreational play items. “Just another one of our free offerings, the Nature Playscape is a hit with kids of Read More »

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Recycled nature craft ideas

pink piggy bank made from a water bottle

During the April Family Nature Night, we challenged families to get creative using items that we would often toss into the garbage or the recycling bin. Empty plastic water bottles, scrap metal, cardboard boxes, toilet paper tubes, wine corks — these items look useless, but they can actually be turned into some pretty neat items. Read More »

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Slow down at Pioneer Park Nature Preserve

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So many people crest the hill on Highway 71, coming north into the south side of Milford, and get a beautiful overlook of the Milford Creek, a tributary of the Little Sioux River. But did you know that you can take a right and actually walk through part of that beautiful area? Pioneer Park Nature Read More »

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