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Make your own trail mix

November 22, 2016

After the Turkey Trot hike tomorrow, participants will get to make their own trail mix to take home, with some items inspired by what turkeys eat. Trail mix is a wonderful treat on the go, and it usually has pretty healthy items in it, however, it’s hard to get something…

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Wildlife love Little Sioux Savanna and you should too

November 18, 2016

  Walk into Little Sioux Savanna, a beautiful park just west of Milford, and take a seat on the mowed trail. Watch. Listen. Wait. A honeybee buzzes beside you as it gathers pollen in the prairie. A northern leopard frog jumps into the Little Sioux River just below where you’re…

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Craft of the week: Turtle Prints

November 16, 2016

  For Nature Tots last week, the theme was Turtle Power! To celebrate our reptile friends, we decorated our own turtle shells using our thumbprints, and this is a great and easy activity you can do with your little ones at home. Start out by drawing a large turtle on…

Meet Honey the hedgehog

November 9, 2016

Check out videos of our other animal ambassadors on our videos page.

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Big Spirit Lake’s perfect south shore

October 28, 2016

Only two years after the Dickinson County Conservation Board was established, it took on the care of a beautiful recreation area on the south side of Big Spirit Lake. The conservation board worked on an agreement with the State Conservation Commission for 25 years of management of Orleans Beach. The…

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You could be lucky enough to find free cleaning products

October 26, 2016

Would you like household cleaning products for free? Who doesn’t want to save money? Especially with the time for Christmas shopping rapidly arriving and energy bills getting ready to rise as cold weather sets in, we’re all looking for ways to save money. A great way to do that is…

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Visit Leo and Al at the nature center

October 20, 2016

See other animal videos on our Video page!

Create an origami butterfly!

October 18, 2016

Artist Barbara Tagami has beautiful origami fish and butterflies on display in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center through December. Some of the butterflies she has painted, and they look so life-like you would think they were pinned instead of folded. She held a youth origami…

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Superior Marsh — Get off the beaten track

September 15, 2016
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Ada & Darling: Red-Eared Sliders

August 23, 2016

See more about the Dickinson County Nature Center’s other turtle ambassadors: Teddy the turtle looks for a friend Five facts you probably didn’t know about painted turtles 7 things Teddy the turtle wants you to know

Westport Park: An Iowa Great Lakes gem

August 19, 2016

In June 1981, Dickinson County Conservation Board entered into a maintenance agreement to refresh an exhausted county gravel pit into a county park. It started as only six acres, so small it looks like only a dot on a map of the Iowa Great Lakes area. The original document included…

Teddy the box turtle teaches us lessons

July 25, 2016

Read more blogs about Teddy the turtle: Seven things Teddy the turtle wants you to know about him Watch: What does Teddy the turtle eat? Teddy the turtle looks for a friend

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