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Test your prehistoric hunting abilities during Family Nature Night

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Atlatl is an odd word. This ancient spear-throwing tool was used by prehistoric peoples in Iowa to achieve greater velocity when hunting with spears. It’s probably not something you’ve seen, or even heard of, but you can try your hand at using one during Family Nature Night 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Dickinson…

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Westport Schoolhouse opens for 2019 season

Slates, kerosene lamps, desks arranged by grade — step inside the Westport Schoolhouse and step back in time. The Westport Schoolhouse opens for the season Tuesday, June 11, in Kenue Park in Okoboji. Tour the last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Dickinson County 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through August. “Volunteers love getting to show families…

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Brooks Golf public meeting June 19

Dickinson County Conservation will hold a public meeting regarding the future of Brooks Golf 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. Dickinson County Conservation Board took ownership of Brooks Golf in March when an anonymous donation of $3 million was given to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County —…

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Free kids programming this summer at the nature center

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Animals, mud, flowers and wildfire — learn about a variety of nature topics and explore the outdoors during free kids programs this summer at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The ever-popular Nature Tots program, for ages 2-5, expands in June, July and August with three programs the second Wednesday of each month. Choose…

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Up your kayaking game with classes this summer

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Do you have a kayak but haven’t been trained how to use it? Do you want to learn more about paddling, safety and even in-water rescues? Then check out the kayak classes and camps offered this summer through the Dickinson County Conservation Board. American Canoe Association certified instructor Mark Foss will teach beginners kayaking courses…

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Abbie Gardner Cabin & Museum opens for the season Memorial Day weekend

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A small log cabin sits near Pillsbury Point, along the shore of West Lake Okoboji. “With inexpressible sadness I now recall some of the scenes and events that transpired in that humble but happy home…” Abbie Gardner Sharp wrote in “History of the Spirit Lake Massacre.” Her sister reading aloud to the family. Her father…

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Dickinson County Endowment Fund grants help fund exhibit fabrication

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The Pollinator Paradise addition at the Dickinson County Nature Center is continuing to move forward thanks to a grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund. The Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County received a $10,000 grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund in September 2018 to help create exhibits inside the new Pollinator Paradise addition to…

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Birding on the Green begins in May

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Brooks Golf is the perfect place to get out and enjoy nature, and it goes beyond just golf. Dickinson County Conservation also hosts its monthly Birding on Green series on the public course each summer. “People are intrigued by Birding on the Green because they don’t always view a golf course as good habitat, but…

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Noxious weed policy announced for 2019

Dickinson County weed commissioner Aric Ping has released the 2019 noxious weed policy. “Each owner and each person in the possession or control of any lands in Dickinson County shall cut, burn or otherwise control all noxious weeds thereon,” the policy states, “and in such manner shall prevent said weeds from blooming or coming to…

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Free compost and mulch at the Dickinson Recycling Center

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Everyone loves superfoods, and compost is like a superfood for your garden. Food scraps and yard waste together make up about 30 percent of what we throw away, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and instead they can be composted. Composting leaves and grass clippings is exactly what the Dickinson Recycling Center in Milford does.…

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