Environmental Education

Butterflies and beyond: Planting for pollinators

When we think about pollinators, we typically think of the 1,200 species of butterflies in Iowa, the 2,500 species of moths or the 200 species of bees. However, we then overlook important pollinators such as hummingbirds, ants, flower beetles, hover flies, midges and even mosquitoes. During the next Pollinator Education Series program 5:30 p.m. Thursday,…

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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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St. Patty’s PJ Party features all things green

Photo of a child looking at a frog

St. Patrick’s Day is all about the green. Although environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman might have a different spin on it than most during the St. Patty’s Pajama Party 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. Wear your favorite pajamas — Kuhlman said she is still searching for some…

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Spring photography contest opens

Photo by Alex Miles

The moon slowly moved across the daytime sky, blocking out more and more of the sun until it finally covered it completely, just for a moment before the sun started to peek through again. That was the moment, with fuzzy cloud coverage, Alex Miles clicked the camera shutter, stilling in time this majestic solar eclipse…

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Enjoy the outdoors with Hike the Wild

Photo of people walking on a snowy trail

If you have hay fever after what seems like a long winter and are just itching to get outside, the Dickinson County Conservation Board has the answer. Its monthly Hike the Wild program restarts for 2018 on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with a special snowshoe hike at Elinor Bedell State Park. “Snowshoeing is always weather dependent,…

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Learn about the butterflies and moths found in Dickinson County

Photo of a monarch butterfly hanging from its chrysalis

Five families of butterflies call Dickinson County home, including 70 different species. But how much do you know about them? Naturalist Ashley Hansen will teach people about the native butterflies and moths of the Iowa Great Lakes area during the first program in the new Pollinator Education series 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the…

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What birds are at your feeder? Keep track for the Great Backyard Bird Count

Photo of two house finches at a feeder

A house finch munching on sunflower seeds in the feeder. A cooper’s hawk watching hungrily from a perch nearby. A woodpecker knock-knock-knocking on a tree trunk. Your yard is most likely full of different avian species, flying about during their busy day-to-day lives. (Did you know grackles don’t like safflower seed?) The Great Backyard Bird…

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Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Photo of a bluebird

If you love watching the birds flit to and fro from your outdoor feeders, then you can make an impact as a citizen scientist. The Dickinson County Conservation Board and local birder Lee Schoenewe are working together to gather volunteers to participate in the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count Saturday, Dec. 16. (Learn more…

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