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Register today for Animal Adventures camps! Deadline June 30

Registration is filling up for Dickinson County Nature Center’s Animal Adventures day camps July 13-15, so sign up your children soon. Two sessions of Animal Adventures will be held. The 9 a.m.-noon camp will be for children ages 4-5, and the 1-4 p.m. time frame for ages 6-7. “Day camp will give children an opportunity…

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 9

Photo of the teacher's desk and blackboard at the Westport School

Take a step into history and into paradise in Kenue Park starting Tuesday, June 9. The Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise in Okoboji’s Kenue Park, also home to the Dickinson County Nature Center, will both open for the season 10 a.m. June 9. Visitors to the Westport Schoolhouse will journey back in time to the…

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Dave Rowley and Ryan Sather kick off concert series

Dave Rowley and Ryan Sather kick off the first summer concert series in the Dickinson County Nature Center outdoor amphitheater 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13. The duo met more than a decade ago, when Rowley’s daughter was taking violin lessons at Sather’s Midwest Piano store in Spencer. “We decided to get together for one gig,…

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Weird Science camp registration due June 1

The Dickinson County Nature Center is concocting plenty of fun for its Weird Science day camp 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 15-17. Children ages 8-9 (as of June 1) will have a blast at the Okoboji nature center doing unusual and fun experiments each day. They will get to play games, participate in activities that will…

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Planting for pollinators — get involved!

The Dickinson County Conservation Board is committed to protecting monarch butterflies and other pollinators through the planting of milkweed and other native prairie species throughout the community. Students from the four Dickinson County school districts assisted in this mission during a planting project Tuesday, May 12, on six acres adjacent to Pure Fishing’s facility in…

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DCCB welcomes IRVM vegetation specialist Aric Ping

Aric Ping has joined the Dickinson County Conservation Board as the new Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management vegetation specialist. The IRVM program will establish native, tallgrass prairie stands in the county right-of-ways in order to reduce runoff, reduce erosion and provide wildlife habitat as well as visually-appealing aesthetic in the ditches. After working in Douglas County,…

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Free summer programming!

Summer in Okoboji means time spent outdoors, and if you can learn a little bit while having fun in the sun then it’s all the better. The Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji provides free entertainment for all ages through a variety of programs including Hike the Wild, Nature Playtime for Tots, Nature Explorers and…

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Wings and Wetlands celebrates 20th anniversary

Wings and Wetlands Weekend celebrates 20 successful years in northwest Iowa this year. Six counties — Dickinson, Clay, Emmet, Kossuth, O’Brien and Palo Alto — have plenty of fun events scheduled for May 9 and 10. Dickinson County Conservation will hold a warbler walk 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Marble Lake boat ramp.…

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We Pedal Clean Water bike ride part of Arnolds Park 125th

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When a raindrop falls in the Iowa Great Lakes region, it can take many paths before entering one of the lakes. The path that water takes throughout the Iowa Great Lakes watershed impacts the quality of our water, and you can make a difference in that process. Take part in the We Pedal Clean Water…

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