FREE frog mask template

November 26, 2018

Did you know tree frogs’ last bone in their toes is shaped like a claw? Have you read about how about frogs’ bodies freeze during the winter and thaw in the spring? Do you know what a group of frogs is called? Click here to find out. Frogs are really…

Five differences between chorus frogs and leopard frogs

November 26, 2018

A gentleman called last week because he had heard a sound like someone running a finger along the teeth of a comb in his basement. He had found and captured a small frog and wanted to bring it to us for the winter. Frogs usually hibernate for the winter (read…

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What animals are thankful for

November 21, 2018

Every Thanksgiving, our naturalists speak at Harris-Lake Park Elementary for a grandparent program, and this year, our environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman discussed what animals are thankful for. I thought her topic was so creative that I decided to share her ideas with you. Many of the things animals are…

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Easy pasta creatures

November 19, 2018

The Great Lakes Mall in Spirit Lake hosts an annual Festival of Trees in which local businesses and non-profits can decorate a tree for a chance to be voted to win the top prize. This year, the theme is about our local food pantry through Upper Des Moines Opportunity, and…

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Ground sloths and mammoths once roamed Iowa

November 19, 2018

The Iowa Great Lakes were formed as a result of glacial activity in the area. West Lake Okoboji is thought to have been created by the Wisconsin Glacier about 14,000 years ago as it retreated to the north. The Des Moines Lobe of the glacier is what covered Iowa and…

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Stuck in the rut — 8 facts about whitetail deer rut

November 14, 2018

You’ve probably heard of the rut. And if you’re a deer hunter, then you most definitely have. However, there may be some facts about rut that you’re not overly familiar with. 1. Rut is a word for deer breeding season, not just the peak. It actually means all behaviors and…

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Wonder why leaves change color in the fall?

November 13, 2018
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Can you find them all? Try our indoor/outdoor fall scavenger hunt

November 13, 2018

The weather is chilly, but that doesn’t mean that kids hibernate. Your kids are still as active as ever, and they want something to occupy their time. You want something to occupy their time too. Why not print off our fall scavenger hunt? There are indoor and outdoor items to…

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2018-19 Early winter weather predictions

November 7, 2018

With colder temperatures dominating this week, most of us are wondering what is in store for this winter. The consensus seems to be that the 2018-19 winter, at least through January, will be warmer than average, but the precipitation outlook varies. (Enjoy fall while it’s here by identifying some of…

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This turkey is unbe-leaf-ably cute

November 5, 2018

To go along with our blog about turkeys this week (read it here), we thought we might as well make a turkey-themed nature craft too. You will just need a few supplies: Turkey template printed on white paper (Find the template here) Leaves White computer paper Crayons Scissors Glue Begin…

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Why turkeys look so odd

November 5, 2018

Turkeys are odd-looking creatures. With their bumpy red heads, hanging flaps of skin around their faces and large tails, wild turkeys are quite a sight. The odd parts of their bodies also have interesting names and purposes. Let’s look at some of the body parts that make a turkey unique.…

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Recycling center begins winter hours

November 2, 2018

The Dickinson Recycling Center continues operation throughout the winter season, with altered hours. (Learn more about the recycling center here.) The Dickinson Recycling Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Nov. 1-March 31 at 2260 220th St. in Milford. “We have the same services, just different hours,”…

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