Calling all nature photographers!

Colorful blooms brighten the world this time of year, but we don’t often take time to really look at them. Alex Miles of Spirit Lake takes the time to appreciate them, though. His stunning close-up photograph of the center of a bright pink petunia was the winner of the adult category in the spring photography…

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Take on The Nature Center Challenge

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Look at the trees on the east side of the Westport Schoolhouse in Kenue Park; what kind of fruit do they produce? Come to the Dickinson County Nature Center’s next Family Nature Night 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, and see for yourself. During The Nature Center Challenge, compete with other families to answer all the…

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Learn about the best meteor shower of the year

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Just look up. Meteors will streak through the night sky at the beginning of August, and you can learn all about these upcoming celestial events during the next Star Trekking program 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The August program will surround the upcoming Perseids meteor shower, but…

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Free field day precedes Prairie Lakes Conference

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Jared Herbert and his wife, Mary, began implementing conservation practices on their Lake Park farm in the 1990s. “It’s the right thing to do as far as conservation ethics,” Herbert said. “It eliminates erosion from wind and water. It frees up your labor. I was really getting tired working all the time, and it cuts…

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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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