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Family Glow Walk/Run to light up the night

August 31, 2017
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Photo by Eirik Solheim Families are glowing to have a good time during the premier Family Glow Walk/Run this October. The Bedell Family YMCA, Dickinson County Nature Center and Pearson Lakes Art Center have partnered to put together this fun family event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. “The sun will set, and the ...

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The biggest festival of the year is Sept. 1!

August 25, 2017
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We love pollinators at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. That love is shared with hundreds of people during the annual Bee & Butterfly Festival, held 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, this year. “The Bee & Butterfly Festival is our biggest event of the year,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator ...

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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 to learn how many days each month ...

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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 a featured presentation during the Friday, ...

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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 egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult. When they hatch, they are so tiny it’s almost impossible to see their vibrant black, ...

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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 play disc golf at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park. You can learn to play and try out the ...

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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 tall as a person dug out of the ground. Progress is coming right along on Pollinator Paradise. When driving by, the north side ...

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Fall photography contest announced

July 20, 2017
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Alex Miles – adult winner A broken ice trail, a downy woodpecker poking its head out of a hole, a macro shot of tree bark — these three photographs were the winners of the spring photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. “There is so much in nature to be in ...

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Pollinator Paradise: Construction is underway

July 19, 2017
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Thud. Thud. Thud. Bang. Clang. We’re going to have to get used to a myriad of noises at the Dickinson County Nature Center as construction on the Pollinator Paradise addition begins. Poppema-Sikma Construction of Sheldon was awarded the bid for the construction portion of the $1.7 million project, and broke ground last week. So far,…

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