Environmental Education

Silly Sally headlines the Bee & Butterfly Festival

Ventriloquism, magic, music and storytelling — Silly Sally’s show is sure to be a hit at the Bee & Butterfly Festival Friday, Sept. 6, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “I have a few new things just for this,” said Sally Shaver DuBois, also known as Silly Sally. “I have a monarch puppet…

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Family Nature Night focuses on Amazing Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are many people’s favorite pollinator. “They’re beautiful at every phase of their life,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “Their caterpillars are very showy and their chrysalises are very showy. It’s green with beautiful gold around it, and when they come out, they have a beautiful, intricate…

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StarLab comes to Family Nature Night

Photo of a meteor

“Do you want to know the difference between comets, meteors, asteroids and meteorites?” asked naturalist Ashley Hansen. She will explain these differences during the next Family Nature Night Friday, July 26, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. A portable StarLab inflatable planetarium will be set up in Pollinator Paradise for programs at 7 p.m. and…

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Test your prehistoric hunting abilities during Family Nature Night

Photo of youth throwing spear with atlatl

Atlatl is an odd word. This ancient spear-throwing tool was used by prehistoric peoples in Iowa to achieve greater velocity when hunting with spears. It’s probably not something you’ve seen, or even heard of, but you can try your hand at using one during Family Nature Night 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Dickinson…

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Birding on the Green begins in May

People looking through binoculars

Brooks Golf is the perfect place to get out and enjoy nature, and it goes beyond just golf. Dickinson County Conservation also hosts its monthly Birding on Green series on the public course each summer. “People are intrigued by Birding on the Green because they don’t always view a golf course as good habitat, but…

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Spring photography contest opens

Photo of a sphinx moth

A giraffe, a caterpillar and a moth might not seem to have much in common, but they were all featured in the winning photographs in the spring photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Paul Rozeboom’s white-lined sphinx moth in action was the overall adult and People’s Choice winner. Trevor Rosburg’s gorgeous giraffe photo…

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Abbie Gardner Cabin opens for the season

Photo of a cabin

At Pillsbury Point, people enjoy the beautiful view of West Lake Okoboji, the sun glistening off the water, the cool breeze. However, the scene was anything but peaceful at that same location 161 years ago when the Spirit Lake Massacre occurred in March 1857. Misunderstandings between settlers and American Indians sparked an atrocity that is…

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Warbler Walk visits Marble Lake in May

Photo of people looking through a scope

Bright yellow, striped black and white, patches of blue — the vibrant colors and designs of warblers excite birders who get the treat of seeing them migrate through Iowa. If you would like to check some birds off of your life birding list, join Dickinson County Conservation as it celebrates Wings and Wetlands Weekend with…

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Honeybees are not native bees, surprised?

Photo of sweat bee

“I think a lot of people will be surprised to hear honeybees are not native to North or South America; we brought them here for honey production and to pollinate some of our plant species.” (Six ways honeybees differ from native bees) Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation Board, will talk…

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Camp registration is filling fast

Photo of a naturalist and kids looking at a compass plant

Get ready to dig into adventure at the Dickinson County Nature Center this summer. Online registration is now open for youth summer camps at the nature center in Okoboji, and there is plenty of fun in store for kids who participate. “We like to provide summer camps because we think it teaches kids different ways…

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