Posts by kiley

Five facts that will make you like toads

Photo of Al the toad

Because frogs are brightly colored, they tend to be looked on with more awe than toads. However, American toads have some pretty neat attributes when you get to know them. Come check out Al the American toad at the Dickinson County Nature Center and see how interesting he is in person! (Watch our Mr. Frog…

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Iowa Great Lakes fun facts

Graphic that says 95 football fields would it in Lake Minnewashta's surface area.

We all love the lakes. That’s what makes Okoboji, Okoboji. But how much do you know about the lakes themselves? Did you know that Upper Gar Lake is the smallest lake in the Iowa Great Lakes at only 37 acres with an average depth of 3.5 feet? That is the height of the average 6-year-old!…

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Make a bee finger puppet with moving legs

Photo of bee with fingers as legs

Bees actually have six legs, but when it’s a craft, you can use your imagination right? This fat bumblebee only has two legs, but those two legs actually move, because they are your own fingers! (Make your own bee antenna or try out a pipe cleaner bee!) All you will need for this simple craft is:…

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Native Bees: Gentle and buzz-worthy

Photo of calliopsis bee

The mining bees in the Andrenidae family are incredibly gentle bees. According to “Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide” by Heather Holm, a park in Minneapolis is the home to thousands of Andrena nests each year, but most people have no idea that they are walking right over them. These bees are solitary…

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Explore the Night with your family during new program series

Photo of Kenue Park at night

Raccoons come out of a sleepy daze. Coyotes begin to search for food. Owls begin calling, “Whooo. Whooo.” Explore the Night in Kenue Park during the first Nature at Night program with the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “We’re going to encourage the use of no flashlights and use our night vision,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental…

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Pollinator Paradise features crawl-through honeycomb

The Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County received a $10,000 grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund in September 2017 to help create exhibits inside the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. This grant was paired with other private donations to the project to complete the first of many children’s…

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A quick guide to finding a baby animal

Photo of a baby bunny in the grass

You see a baby bunny in the yard. It looks at you with wide eyes and freezes as you approach. Oh no, an orphan bunny! You think, kindheartedly. The truth is, though, that bunny is fine on its own. In fact, most baby animals that humans stumble across and try to “help” often don’t need help…

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Youth programming is FREE this summer!

Photo of a girl holding a painting

Standing amidst the prairie, pre-teens held up their abstract art. Giant smiles graced their faces as they showed off the creations they made using squirt guns to shoot paint onto hanging canvases during a Young Naturalists program at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “You don’t have to camp or fish to enjoy the…

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Native bees: These bees plastic-wrap their brood cells

Photo of colletes validus

Do you love blueberries? Then you should love the genus Colletes of native bees! These are one of several types of native bees that collect pollen from both highbush and lowbush blueberry flowers. Colletes validus has an elongated, narrow head that helps it fit into the tight flower opening where it eats nectar and collects pollen that will be transferred…

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