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Nature Kids camp to be held July 18-20

June 17, 2016
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Wonder for the world around them — that’s what children will learn during the Nature Kids camp July 18-20 at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “Nature is an amazing place to spark the imaginations and all the senses of our kids,” said naturalist Mary Petersen. “A great reminder to ...

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Boji Blowout disc golf tournament coming in June

June 9, 2016
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Four days of disc golf delight will come to the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course June 23-26. All ages and experience levels are invited to a free disc golf clinic 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Dickinson County Conservation’s course in Kenue Park. Derek Sahr, a professional player from Sioux Falls, ...

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Kick Start Your Kayaking adventure

June 3, 2016
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Forward stroke, reverse stroke, sweep stroke — kick start your kayaking adventure with these basic paddling maneuvers. Dickinson County naturalists and American Canoe Association instructor Mark Foss will teach experienced and new kayakers alike safety basics and paddling techniques during the Kick Start Your Kayak classes Monday, June 20. Dickinson County naturalists ...

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Family Nature Night has Gone Fishin’

June 3, 2016
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The Dickinson County Nature Center is planning three summer evenings of family and fun with its new Family Nature Night program. The first in the series will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, at the nature center in Okoboji. The Gone Fishin’ program will begin in the outdoor amphitheater ...

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Abbie Gardner Cabin opens for the season today

May 31, 2016
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Abbie Gardner Cabin docent Ed Purdy held up a posterboard with the word perseverance printed on it. He asked a visiting class of students what they thought it meant and then revealed the definition written below the word, “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” Purdy’s favorite part ...

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Young Naturalists and Nature Explorers begin in June

May 27, 2016
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If you were lost in the woods, would you know how to start a fire, how to build a shelter, how to find water? If your 10- to 12-year-old participates in this summer’s Young Naturalists program at the Dickinson County Nature Center, they will know how to do all of these ...

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open for the season June 14

May 27, 2016
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Country school teachers in the early 1900s lived a strict life. An actual set of rules for a country school teacher in 1915 included these parameters: You are not to keep company with men; you must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless at a school ...

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Kayaking Adventures for teens and pre-teens

May 20, 2016
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Spending time on the water is the best part about summers in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Teens and pre-teens can learn a new way to enjoy the waves with the Kayaking Adventures day camps through the Dickinson County Conservation Board 8:30 a.m.-noon June 15-16 for ages 8-12 and 8:30 a.m.-noon ...

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Hike the Wild visits Little Sioux Savanna, Gull Point State Park, Abbie Gardner Cabin and more!

May 12, 2016
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The Little Sioux Savanna doesn’t draw awe-inspired gasps from the parking lot, but walk a few hundred feet onto the property and the landscape opens up to smile-inducing beauty. Each month Dickinson County Conservation’s Hike the Wild program takes people to little-traversed public gems throughout the county, like the Little Sioux ...

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Spirit of Chautauqua concert coming to Iowa counties

May 12, 2016
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The “Spirit of Chautauqua” is a music tour coming to Iowa counties this summer. The name is a tribute to the lively Chautauqua festivals that brought a world of entertainment to Iowa communities a century ago. Brought to you by Will Schmitt and county conservation departments across the state, the tour will ...

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