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Become a certified Wildlife Guardian

Photo of an ornate box turtle

Do you and your kids love animals? Then the next Family Nature Night Friday, Nov. 22, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji is for you. The nature center will feature six stations with live animals at which families can learn about and see a live animal, including a hedgehog, amphibians, turtles, snakes, a…

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Board votes on Brooks Golf management agreement

Dickinson County Conservation voted Wednesday to sign a 10-year agreement with Brooks Management LLC to run Brooks Golf in Okoboji. The Dickinson County Conservation Board took ownership of Brooks Golf in March and signed a management agreement through 2019 with Brooks Management to run the course as the conservation board discussed the future of the…

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10 bee questions answered

Photo of a bumblebee gathering pollen

1. How long does a honeybee live? How long does a queen live? A worker bee typically lives six weeks during the summer, and during that time it has a variety of different jobs — nurse, undertaker, architect, cleaner, attendant, guard, forager. (Read more about worker bee jobs here.) However, worker bees that live in…

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Some insects use a proboscis to drink

Photo of milkweed beetle in exhibit

In the Build a Pollinator exhibit inside Pollinator Paradise at the Dickinson County Nature Center, one item that you get to put on your pollinator is a proboscis. Many insects have a proboscis, which is a type of mouthpart that is basically a tube to help the insect suck up nectar. You might have seen…

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Lodge and shelter under construction in Kenue Park

Photo of construction

Construction is progressing quickly on the new lodge and open-air shelter in Kenue Park in Okoboji. Asbestos was removed from the former County Home building previously on the site, and it was demolished in 2018. “We researched renovating the former County Home building, but it wasn’t financially responsible, so the Dickinson County Conservation Board decided…

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Nature center now open Saturdays

The Dickinson County Nature Center is now open Saturdays, year-round. Instead of returning to its previous schedule of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Labor Day-Memorial Day, the Dickinson County Nature Center will now remain open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday year-round. “We have had requests from visitors to have a weekend day open to…

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Fall photography contest open for submissions

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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Westport Schoolhouse No. 5: A brief history

Photo of Westport Rural Schoolhouse sign

The first school in Dickinson County was an in-home private school that began around 1860, with a teacher employed to teach the children of Dr. J.S. Prescott and a few other local youth. The following years saw more private schools that soon expanded into small public education institutions throughout the county. Westport Schoolhouse history Westport…

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Check out Okoboji’s premier disc golf course

Pink, bright yellow, red — the colors in Kenue Park aren’t just from wildflowers. Disc golfers toss discs in all kinds of fluorescent shades through the 18-hole Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course that winds through the 75-acre park in Okoboji. “We’ve had disc golfers come from as far away as Canada and Texas to play…

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Brooks Golf will remain a golf course

Aerial photo of wetland

Brooks Golf will remain a golf course. The Dickinson County Conservation Board voted to keep Brooks Golf as a golf course and to send out a request for proposals to lease the course to a management company beginning in 2020. The current lease contract with Brooks Management LLC runs through 2019. Dickinson County Conservation Board…

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