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Rainy days call for indoor activities like the schoolhouse

kiley : August 16, 2017 2:19 pm : Blog, mobile
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 ...
Photo of a chrysalis about to hatch


kiley : August 9, 2017 9:29 am : Blog, mobile
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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Pollinator Paradise: Good-bye porch

kiley : August 2, 2017 10:35 am : Blog, mobile
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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Pollinator Paradise: Construction is underway

kiley : July 19, 2017 11:37 am : Blog, mobile
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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Osprey Diary: Trying out his wings

kiley : July 12, 2017 9:57 am : Blog, mobile
They grow up so fast. One day you’re using your wings to make sure no cool breeze touches your tiny chicks, and the next they don’t fit underneath you. One moment they’re the size of an egg, and the next their wings stretch out as far as yours. One second they’re ...

Teaching our children to appreciate nature

kiley : July 5, 2017 10:38 am : Blog, mobile
It breaks my heart. Someone intentionally ran over two young raccoons a few blocks from my house. Kids at a day care were encouraged to throw rocks at a snake and hit a bat with foam bats. I heard both of these stories within the past day, and they just give me ...
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