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Earth Day Celebration 4-8 p.m. April 15

March 18, 2016
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Photo of woman dressed as conservationist Frances Hamerstrom

“If I could put together all the virgin landscapes which I knew in my youth and show what has happened to them in one generation it would be the best object lesson in conservation that could be printed.” Jay Norwood Darling, better known as Ding, saw the landscape in Iowa change ...

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Come meet Rizz and Rachel!

March 16, 2016
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Photo of a rat in a hat

Check out more about the Dickinson County Nature Center and Conservation Board on our Youtube channel!

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Kenue Park celebrates 28th birthday this year

March 11, 2016
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Photo of the Westport Schoolhouse with new wood shingles

“The Dickinson County Conservation Board has done it again. “They have taken a major recreation step in the Iowa Great Lakes, not unlike the creation a number of years ago of a winter recreation park called Horseshoe Bend, southwest of Milford. “This time, they have all the bases covered, with the new ...

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Swans standing like flamingoes

March 9, 2016
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Two trumpeter swans and a goose on a partially frozen wetland

I turned on the live web camera at the nature center last week and zoomed in on the two rehabilitated trumpeter swans on the wetland. The weather was warm, and it appeared the waterfowl were having a ball in the springtime temperatures. They dipped their necks down into the water and ...

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Watch the swans on our live web camera

March 9, 2016
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Two trumpeter swans and a goose on a partially frozen wetland

As waterfowl migrate through the area, many are finding the wetland in Kenue Park an enticing place to stop. You can watch the ducks, geese and swans as they go about their daily routines thanks to the Dickinson County Nature Center’s live web camera. A new, high-resolution camera was installed at the ...

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Submit your photos to our nature photography contest

March 4, 2016
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Photo of two adult male wood ducks swimming

Entries for the fall 2015 photography contest poured into the Dickinson County Nature Center e-mail last August. Photo by Eva Brown Then it was the job of the staff to vote on their favorites, and it was harder than we would thought it would be. Eva Brown’s photo of a grassland fence ...

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Volunteer Appreciation Day is March 7

March 3, 2016
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Welcome to the bat cave

March 3, 2016
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Photo of faux bats hanging from the ceiling

It all started as the Dickinson County Conservation Board staff members met about what displays needed finished up in the spring of 2015. That’s when our director said he had a dream to have a bridge in the nature center that people could cross. It seemed simple, but put a bunch ...

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Jupiter is visible in the night sky

February 26, 2016
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Photo of jupiter

It looks like a vivid star in the eastern sky, rising as the sun sets, but what you’re really seeing is the planet Jupiter on its closest approach to Earth. Jupiter reaches opposition on Tuesday, March 8, and naturalist Charles Vigdal will help you find it in the sky during the ...

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Glenda Drennen exhibit opens in April

March 20, 2015
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“I paint for pleasure.” You can see Glenda Drennen’s love for art overflowing in her watercolor paintings. The LeMars artist will have an exhibit April-June in the eARTh gallery inside the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, and her paintings will focus on leaves. However, these might be leaves you haven’t seen ...

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