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Fall photography contest announced

July 20, 2017
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Photograph of a downy woodpecker in a tree

Alex Miles – adult winner A broken ice trail, a downy woodpecker poking its head out of a hole, a macro shot of tree bark — these three photographs were the winners of the spring photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. “There is so much in nature to be in ...

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Pollinator Paradise: Construction is underway

July 19, 2017
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Photo of construction on the nature center

Thud. Thud. Thud. Bang. Clang. We’re going to have to get used to a myriad of noises at the Dickinson County Nature Center as construction on the Pollinator Paradise addition begins. Poppema-Sikma Construction of Sheldon was awarded the bid for the construction portion of the $1.7 million project, and broke ground last week. So far,…

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Native Plantings workshop heads to Lakes Area Farmers Market

July 14, 2017
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Photo of orange butterfly milkweed plant

  Swamp milkweed Butterfly milkweed, wild bergamot, royal catchfly, wild white indigo, hoary vervain — the number of native plants in the prairie might seem overwhelming. However, the Native Plantings workshop put on by Dickinson County Conservation 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Lakes Area Farmers Market in Spirit Lake will help ...

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Osprey Diary: Trying out his wings

July 12, 2017
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Photo of an osprey chick flapping its wings

They grow up so fast. One day you’re using your wings to make sure no cool breeze touches your tiny chicks, and the next they don’t fit underneath you. One moment they’re the size of an egg, and the next their wings stretch out as far as yours. One second they’re ...

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Progress on Pollinator Paradise

July 12, 2017
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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 ...

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Kids try out different science careers at Science Quest camp

July 6, 2017
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Photo of a boy looking through a microscope

Elephant toothpaste, soda explosions, homemade slime — Science Quest camp at the Dickinson County Nature Center is going to be explosive fun. “Kids will learn to be different kinds of scientists,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “They will start as ecologists, and then they’ll be physicists and engineers, and at ...

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Teaching our children to appreciate nature

July 5, 2017
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It breaks my heart. Someone intentionally ran over two young raccoons a few blocks from my house. Kids at a day care were encouraged to throw rocks at a snake and hit a bat with foam bats. I heard both of these stories within the past day, and they just give me ...

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Tent races and s’mores — nothing is better than Family Nature Night

June 30, 2017
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Photo of children tying fishing knots

Gather your most competitive, outdoorsy family members for the next Family Nature Night. The family-friendly event will take place 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, in Kenue Park in Okoboji and will focus on camping skills, with a little friendly competition thrown in. “We’ll set up an entire tournament of tent races,” said ...

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Dig a little deeper, paint a little browner

June 28, 2017
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Photo of prairie clay

I (Kiley) know I made this exhibit at the Dickinson County Nature Center, but this might be the most boring thing I’ve ever written. Thirty-six inches down in our soil, you will find loam which is characterized by common, fine, distinct brownish yellow mottles, a weak fine prismatic structure…yikes. It continues ...

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Crayfish, shells and driftwood become beautiful in Mary Jo Daniels’ hands

June 23, 2017
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Photo of a crayfish framed

It’s not often that you see a crayfish pictured in a work of art, let alone an actual crayfish shell. Yet, Mary Jo Daniels makes it beautiful. The Spirit Lake artist is a master at taking simple objects from nature and turning them into something creative and intriguing. See her mixed media art ...

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