Photo of a pendulum hanging

It just takes a couple of supplies you have around the house to create a new decoration for your room — a snake pendulum! You’ll need: A paper plate Crayons Scissors String Color both sides of your paper plate. Cut around and around from the edge of the paper plate to the center, from what…

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Photo of plains garter snake

Iowa has 28 different species of snakes, including four venomous species. (Read about the venomous snakes of Iowa here.) Most people are familiar with the garter snake, a common type of non-venomous snake, which are harmless to humans. Let’s take a look at the two kinds of garter snakes that are native to Iowa: Plains…

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Photo of the Dickinson County Nature Center

The Dickinson County Nature Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. “This is such a huge milestone,” said community relations coordinator Kiley Roth. “We are so excited to celebrate a decade of environmental education and fostering an appreciation of our natural world at the Dickinson County Nature Center.” The nature center was a dream long…

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Photo of a geode

A geode has many definitions, comes in many shapes and sizes and has an interior that can look many different ways. This interesting natural phenomenon is Iowa’s state rock. Geodes begin when a cavity is formed inside of a rock, which can happen in different ways. First, geodes can form in igneous rock. When lava…

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Graphic about rock cycle

Rocks are continuously changing. Temperature, weathering through rain or wind,  pressure — rocks move through a cycle back and forth, back and forth. Let’s take a look at the different types of forms rocks can be found in: Igneous Igneous rocks are formed through the cooling and solidification of magma, or lava. The atoms and…

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Rocks can be the perfect way to get little ones interested in the outdoors. They’re easy to find. They can be touched, picked up and collected. There is a wide variety, from sparkly to chalk-like, smooth to holey. Read a good book about rocks and then head outside to see what rocks you can find!…

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Photo of person throwing old tire

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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Map of Horseshoe Bend with its oxbow

If you look at an aerial of Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area in Milford, you’ll see an area on the west that is a small body of water that juts off from the main meander of the Little Sioux River. This area is called an oxbow. Basically, this was once a part of the Little Sioux…

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Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area has a myriad of offerings for those looking to recreate outdoors, but we wanted to share five of our favorite, including some ideas that are out of the ordinary. 1.Challenge someone to a race. The tubing hill at Horseshoe Bend is fun in the winter, but it can offer fun even…

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