Posts by kiley

Pollinator Paradise exhibits are being fabricated

Photo of kids crawling in honeycomb

The human-sized honeycomb climber inside the Dickinson County Nature Center has been a hit since it was installed in Pollinator Paradise. “The honeycomb climber helped us increase our visitor numbers to more than 15,200 in 2018, and we’re excited for the many other children’s museum-quality exhibits that will be installed in our new addition in…

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Eight forgotten pollinators

Photo of a bee fly on a daffodil

Slugs to flies, moths to beetles — pollinators come in many shapes and sizes beyond butterflies and bees. These pollinators help one-third of human food sources to grow, but some have become so common that they are seen more like pests instead of beneficial insects, and some have even been eradicated to the point of…

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Build a mud volcano

Photo of kids watching a mud volcano

If it’s springtime and muddy, like it is in Iowa right now, it’s the perfect time to get outside! Just wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and put your imagination to work with all of the fun mud around. If you need a little inspiration, try making a mud volcano. You’ll just need…

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Four types of wetlands

Photo of a swamp

Bog, marsh, swamp, fen. Often these words are used interchangeably, but in reality, each is its own type of wetland, which is a word used to refer to water-saturated landscapes. (Watch: What is a wetland?) A marsh is a wetland that is continually full of water. If you have been to the Florida Everglades, then…

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Learn about the inner-workings on a honeybee hive

Photo of a honeybee on a purple coneflower

“Bees are fascinating creatures,” said naturalist Ashley Hansen. “When people visit our beehive, I think they’re blown away that they can create what they create.” Honeybees are complex creatures, and Hansen will talk about the inner-workings of a honeybee hive during the final program in the Pollinator Spring Lecture Series 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28,…

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Spring and winter coloring page

Photo of a colored winter scene

When you sit down to color a picture, it’s usually pretty obvious what you’re coloring. What’s fun about folding pictures is that you have to finish it before you can see exactly what you’ve done. As we transition from winter into spring, we thought it would be timely to create a folding picture that encompasses…

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What is spring?

Graphic that says spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush

The sunshine is more powerful and begins to melt the snowy walk, although the slush freezes again at night. The days lengthen, but Daylights Savings Time makes the more morning come later. Birds start their journeys north, but have to stop and wait for a few more days before they can find enough food to…

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Adult kayaking classes registration opens

Photo of two kayaks in the water

If you can’t wait to get your kayak out of storage and onto soft water, you’re not alone. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is already planning for summer and is looking forward to helping kayakers improve their skills on the water. Register online now for beginners and advanced kayaking courses, taught by an American Canoe…

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Anonymous donation leads to acquisition of Brooks National Golf Club

Aerial photo of wetland

An anonymous donation has led to the acquisition of the former Brooks National Golf Club by the Dickinson County Conservation Board. A donation of $3 million was given to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County — the non-profit fundraising arm for the Dickinson County Conservation Board — to purchase the Brooks National Golf Club when…

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