Photo of pheasants in the snow

Pheasants rising from a white blanket of snow. Bison resting in lush, green grass. Sunlight illuminating grass seedheads as they bob in the wind. Although these three photos won the fall photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center, they were just a few of dozens of beautiful photos submitted. “We love getting to look…

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Photo of adult kayaking class

As the lakes begin to melt, visions of warm days on the water begin to float around the heads of Iowa Great Lakes area locals and tourists. For some, those visions are of motorized boating. For some, it might be paddle boarding. For some, it’s kayaking. The Dickinson County Conservation Board wants to help those…

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Are you ready for summer? Because the Dickinson County Nature Center is. Summer camp registration opens Sunday, March 1, here for camps for preschool- through eighth-grade students. “It’s a really good way to get kids outdoors, to explore, to get them away from their screens for a little while,” said naturalist Ashley Hansen. “We have…

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Photo of the wingspan exhibit

The Dickinson County Nature Center has two new exhibits on display. “We always say we’re growing and changing at the Dickinson County Nature Center, and it’s true,” said community relations coordinator Kiley Roth. “We never want people to say, ‘Been there, done that.’ We always want people to come back and experience something new.” The…

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Photo of families outside looking at a telescope

Spend Friday evenings as a family at the Dickinson County Nature Center’s monthly Family Nature Night. Environmental educators have plenty of fun planned for the next two Family Nature Nights 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and March 27. The February program’s theme is Leap Into Nature — in honor of Leap Day the following day…

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Photo of child petting a bunny

Learning doesn’t have to stop just because there is no school. No School Day Camp will be held two days in March at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji — 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, for Okoboji Elementary School and Monday, March 16, for Spirit Lake Elementary. Elementary-aged students from outside of these…

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Photo of child putting item on felt board

Nature stories, live animals, outdoor play — Nature Tots is a hit program at the Dickinson County Nature Center that will return Jan. 8 for the 2020 season. “I think this program has been so well attended because it offers activities families can do together,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “It also gives families…

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Photo of naturalists reading a story

A new monthly program begins Jan. 4 at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Storytime with a Naturalist premieres at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the nature center in Okoboji, part of the 2020 program lineup. “Since we’re open on Saturdays now, I thought it would be fun for families with children in school to…

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Photo of woman reading a story

It may feel like the weather outside is frightful, but Caribbean Night will be so delightful at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The final Family Nature Night for 2019 has a tropical theme. “We thought it would be fun to take it outside the parameters of Iowa and think a little warmer,” said Bryanna Kuhlman,…

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Summertime is always a beautiful time to take photos. Sunsets over the lake, birds flitting about, wildflowers blooming in bright colors — photography opportunities are endless. This season, the Dickinson County Nature Center is looking for more nature-related photos for its bi-annual photography contest, whether it be a picture of a pollinator, a bird, a…

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