Landscaping that makes a difference for our lakes

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A plant that improves soil health, filters water, is drought-resistant, doesn’t need fertilizer and requires little, if any, pesticide use — sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, these plants do exist. They’re native plants, from milkweed and spiderwort to wild bergamot and blazing star. Come to the Dickinson County Nature Center 11 a.m.…

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We Pedal Clean Water bike ride registration open

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The We Pedal Clean Water conservation bike ride makes a move to Big Spirit Lake this year. Join the Dickinson County Conservation Board for a ride around Iowa’s largest natural lake on Saturday, Aug. 13, and stop at four locations to learn about how local people and organizations are making a difference in water quality.…

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Connecting with Nature Through Sculpture exhibit on display

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Metal sculptures and nature might not seem to be connected, but to Spirit Lake artist Bill Lieb, they definitely are. Lieb’s new exhibit in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center, Connecting with Nature Through Sculpture, exhibits the relationship between certain site-specific pieces he has created and the environments they reside in.…

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Bird Brains unite at Family Nature Night July 11

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Baltimore orioles, ruby-throated hummingbirds, yellow-headed blackbirds — all kinds of neat species make their homes in Kenue Park, home of the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. Bird brains of all ages are invited to the next Family Nature Night 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, to learn all about our feathered friends. Start off with…

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Get your children outside this summer

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If you’re looking for something educational to occupy your children’s time this summer, look no further than the Dickinson County Nature Center. Free youth programming is held each week at the nature center in Okoboji — Nature Tots for ages 2-5, Nature Explorers for ages 6-9 and Young Naturalists for ages 10-12. “I love that…

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Find out how you can eat for free

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The great Okoboji outdoors is a wealth of beautiful wildlife, glistening bodies of water, and wild … food? Iowa Lakes Community College’s GROW program comes to the Dickinson County Nature Center for a Wild Edibles class 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15. Naturalist Charles Vigdal will take adults through the rules and tips of finding edible…

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Nature Kids camp to be held July 18-20

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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 parents is that many…

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Boji Blowout disc golf tournament coming in June

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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, SD, will teach the…

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Kick Start Your Kayaking adventure

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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 are examples of…

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Family Nature Night has Gone Fishin’

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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 where naturalists Mary Petersen…

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