Summer camp registration opens March 1

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Sunshine and summertime — admit it; it’s what’s on your mind. Plan ahead for how much fun your kids can have this summer at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji as registration for summer camps opens March 1 online. Ages 4-18 have the opportunity to get outside with a variety of summer camps offered…

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Turning that unhappy plate into compost instead of garbage

“I have a happy plate!” Our nieces are always pleased to announce when they clean their dinner plates, usually because it means some kind of treat — food or not — for them afterward. As a kid, having a happy plate is good. How often do adults end up with a happy plate though? How…

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Walks rock when you’re looking for rocks

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This week, Teddy the turtle heads to the Dickinson County Nature Center lower level to check out the geology exhibit. From Colorado to Texas, New York to Arkansas, volunteer Jerry Wiekamp traveled the United States, visiting mines and collecting geological specimens that are now on display at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The gold ore…

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Do bugs freak you out?

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“Bugs just freak people out.” Entomologist Emily Fontenot has seen this happen time and time again, people shuddering at the thought of insects, but that reaction is usually not warranted. And the way people deal with bugs is not always the best either. Instead of a spray-first mentality, Fontenot will give alternative solutions during a…

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Crawl through a fox burrow

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Interestingly, red foxes don’t often use burrows or dens to stay warm in the winter. They can stay warm during the cold months simply by curling their fluffy tails around them. However, this is the time of year they might be thinking about finding a den. Red foxes mate during the late winter, and by…

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Teddy the turtle looks for a friend

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There once was a box turtle named Teddy, who was looking for a friend.   He walked to the wetland but couldn’t find anyone there.   He walked to the prairie but couldn’t find anyone there either.   He walked through the forest.   He even went to a campsite to look for a friend.…

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Take the kids outside for a shape walk

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The sun is finally shining, and the ice is melting. It’s a beautiful day to get outside. But what to do, what to do? Why not take the kids on a shape walk? Challenge your tots, or your older children, to use their observational skills and see how many shapes they can find in nature.…

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Tips for birding in northwest Iowa

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A flock of small gray birds appears in your yard, hopping around in the snow eating some seed that has spilled from your backyard bird feeders. Another red-headed bird sits on the feeder, pecking at the sunflower seeds inside. But do you know the names of the species that you see? Local birder Lee Schoenewe…

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Environmental education coordinator/naturalist position opening

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Open until filled JOB TITLE: Environmental Education Coordinator/Naturalist FLSA: Non-Exempt REPORTS TO: Executive Director SALARY: $42,000-$50,000 plus benefits Job Summary: Under supervision of Executive Director, supervises and conducts educational activities and educational staff in the performance of environmental awareness curriculum. Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree related to…

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Nature Tots expands to two sessions in 2017

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Humans don’t hibernate, so it’s time to get out of the house. Bring your toddler, ages 2-5, to the next Nature Tots Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and go for a Wintertime Walk. “We will focus on snow and how animals survive through the winter,” said naturalist Charles Vigdal.…

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