Dickinson County weed commissioner Douglas Todey has released the 2020 noxious weed policy. The policy was approved by the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday, April 14. “…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…

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Douglas Todey enjoys getting to work in conservation because he loves being able to see productive change on the landscape week to week and year to year. He has plenty of goals to make productive changes as he takes over the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program with Dickinson County Conservation. Todey began with the conservation…

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Enjoy time outside and give back to the community with a new Adopt-a-Roadside program beginning through Dickinson County Conservation. “I basically saw litter being an issue in the roadsides during work the last few years, and I think this is a good way to get groups of people involved in the environment,” said Douglas Todey,…

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The Dickinson County Endowment Fund awarded the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County a grant for $9,000 in September 2019. The grant was utilized to purchase the Build a Pollinator exhibit in the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “We’re so thankful for the grants the endowment fund gave to…

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  Dickinson County Conservation Board won an award for outstanding website during the Iowa Tourism Conference Tuesday, March 3. “It is an honor to have our website selected as the winner for rural areas in the state, because we put a lot of effort into the design, content and functionality of our website,” said Kiley…

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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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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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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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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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