Pollinator Paradise exhibit concepts released

Graphic of butterfly exhibit

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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Help fund family fun at Pollinator Paradise

Photo of stonework completed on construction project

We love pollinators at the Dickinson County Nature Center. And we want to share that love with you. That’s why the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County is continuing to raise funds to complete the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the nature center in Okoboji. (See construction updates here.) Construction began on the $1.7 million addition…

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Progress on Pollinator Paradise

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 children’s-museum quality exhibits on…

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Donate to the Spring Run Shooting Range renovation

Photo of two men and guns at a shooting range

Fundraising is underway for a renovation of the Spring Run Shooting Range east of Spirit Lake. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Dickinson County Conservation Board have partnered to renovate the public shooting range at the Spring Run Complex in Spirit Lake. The $64,000 project, located at 1776 272nd Ave. in Spirit Lake, will…

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Spring Run Shooting Range fundraiser

As many of you have heard over the past few months, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Dickinson County Conservation Board have been working updating the Spring Run Shooting Range. Last winter the Dickinson County Conservation Board completed a needs assessment, and the Spring Run range was one of the top projects that…

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Gov. Terry Branstad at nature center

  Dickinson County Nature Center had the honor of hosting a reenactment of the signing of Senate File 2349 by Gov. Terry Branstad Saturday, Aug. 23. About 20 members of the public attended the event outside the Okoboji nature center. President of the Iowa Great Lakes Association Bill Van Orsdel introduced Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds…

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152 species found during Bird-A-Thon

The Dickinson County Conservation Board’s Spring Bird-A-Thon was a success. Local birders Lee Schoenewe and Ed Thelen scoured the area on a partly cloudy Wednesday, May 14, for as many species of birds as they could find. From 5 a.m.-7:30 p.m., in temperatures from 36-65 degrees, the pair spotted 152 avian species, a record for…

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