Events and Activities

Register for the first Run the Bend 5K

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Lace up your running shoes and head out to the country for the first Run the Bend 5K Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area. “We want people to experience the beauty of this county park during this fun cross country run,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator for the Dickinson County Conservation…

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Collect prairie seed to start a natives garden

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Big blue stem, compass plant, wild white indigo – these beautiful prairie plants could be a part of your landscape. You could get the seed for free by participating in Dickinson County Conservation’s seed collecting program 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the nature center in Okoboji. “We talk a lot about planting natives, but…

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Danielle Clouse Gast gives a new spin on the landscape

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Danielle Clouse Gast’s art gives just a twist to the Iowa Great Lakes landscapes we all know and love. She describes her landscape oil paintings as “a modern, fresh approach to the landscape we are familiar with.” See what that means in her art exhibit running October-December at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji,…

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Pollinator Paradise exhibit concepts released

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The human-sized honeycomb crawler has been a hit inside Pollinator Paradise at the Dickinson County Nature Center. But this new interactive exhibit is only the beginning in the brand new addition to the Okoboji center. As fundraising continues, plans are moving forward for more children’s museum-quality exhibits that kids of all ages are sure to…

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Okoboji-themed paintings displayed by young artist

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Hannah Haberecht is a well-rounded 21 year old. From participating in insect identification competitions with Science Olympiad to majoring in biomedical sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, to painting in her spare time — Haberecht’s interests seem to span the gamut. (Learn about the butterflies found in Dickinson County.) She is sharing…

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Entomologist answers all your bee questions

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“People don’t seem to know very much about native species of bees. They think honeybees are native, that all bees produce honey, that all bees live in hives.” Randall Cass, Iowa State University Extension entomologist for honeybees and native bees, will help overcome some common misunderstandings like these about bees during his Pollinator Week program…

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Hike the Wild tours glacial landmarks

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In the past, Dickinson County Conservation’s glacial landmark tour has only been open to students as a field trip. However, beginning in June, naturalists will take members of the public on monthly visits to glacial landmarks during Hike the Wild. “We enjoy doing our glacial landmark tour with our students, and we thought it would…

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Explore the Night with your family during new program series

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Raccoons come out of a sleepy daze. Coyotes begin to search for food. Owls begin calling, “Whooo. Whooo.” Explore the Night in Kenue Park during the first Nature at Night program with the Dickinson County Conservation Board. “We’re going to encourage the use of no flashlights and use our night vision,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental…

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Youth programming is FREE this summer!

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Standing amidst the prairie, pre-teens held up their abstract art. Giant smiles graced their faces as they showed off the creations they made using squirt guns to shoot paint onto hanging canvases during a Young Naturalists program at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “You don’t have to camp or fish to enjoy the…

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Kickstart Your Kayak with courses this summer

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  The number of people with kayaks in the Iowa Great Lakes area has been exploding the past few years. “It’s good exercise; we have a lot of good water resources. Plus, it’s much more economical than a power boat,” said kayaker Mark Foss. “We have lots of areas that are more suitable for kayaking,…

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