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Free family fun at the Bee & Butterfly Festival

August 11, 2017
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Photo of a little girl holding a monarch

The live monarch tagging is always a hit at the annual Bee & Butterfly Festival at the Dickinson County Nature Center, and this year’s festival will feature live animals as well. The Great Plains Zoomobile from Sioux Falls, SD, will bring four live animals for a featured presentation during the Friday, ...

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Play free disc golf with the family

August 4, 2017
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Once a week? Twice? Every day? How often do we wonder what we can do with our family for fun that’s actually free? One answer to the quandary is to play disc golf at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park. You can learn to play and try out the ...

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Fall photography contest announced

July 20, 2017
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Photograph of a downy woodpecker in a tree

Alex Miles – adult winner A broken ice trail, a downy woodpecker poking its head out of a hole, a macro shot of tree bark — these three photographs were the winners of the spring photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. “There is so much in nature to be in ...

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Native Plantings workshop heads to Lakes Area Farmers Market

July 14, 2017
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Photo of orange butterfly milkweed plant

  Swamp milkweed Butterfly milkweed, wild bergamot, royal catchfly, wild white indigo, hoary vervain — the number of native plants in the prairie might seem overwhelming. However, the Native Plantings workshop put on by Dickinson County Conservation 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Lakes Area Farmers Market in Spirit Lake will help ...

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Progress on Pollinator Paradise

July 12, 2017
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Photo of people holding shovels at groundbreaking

Construction on the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji is officially underway. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, July 11, at the nature center, and construction will continue through March 2018. Fundraising is ongoing for Phase 2 of the project, which will be completion of ...

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Kids try out different science careers at Science Quest camp

July 6, 2017
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Photo of a boy looking through a microscope

Elephant toothpaste, soda explosions, homemade slime — Science Quest camp at the Dickinson County Nature Center is going to be explosive fun. “Kids will learn to be different kinds of scientists,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “They will start as ecologists, and then they’ll be physicists and engineers, and at ...

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Tent races and s’mores — nothing is better than Family Nature Night

June 30, 2017
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Photo of children tying fishing knots

Gather your most competitive, outdoorsy family members for the next Family Nature Night. The family-friendly event will take place 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, in Kenue Park in Okoboji and will focus on camping skills, with a little friendly competition thrown in. “We’ll set up an entire tournament of tent races,” said ...

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Crayfish, shells and driftwood become beautiful in Mary Jo Daniels’ hands

June 23, 2017
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It’s not often that you see a crayfish pictured in a work of art, let alone an actual crayfish shell. Yet, Mary Jo Daniels makes it beautiful. The Spirit Lake artist is a master at taking simple objects from nature and turning them into something creative and intriguing. See her mixed media art ...

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Boji Blowout Tournament returns in June

June 9, 2017
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Photo of disc golfers

Colorful discs filled the air last June as amateur and professional disc golfers competed in the annual Boji Blowout tournament. Baskets will clang again as players score when the PDGA B-tier tournament returns Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park in Okoboji. “I really enjoy the ...

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Fishing fun at Family Nature Night

June 2, 2017
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Photo of kids tying lures

Summer is all about family time. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is offering three great opportunities to create outdoor family memories during its monthly Family Nature Nights 6 p.m. June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14. “This is the second year of Family Nature Night programs, and we’re excited to offer some ...

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