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Kids try out different science careers at Science Quest camp

July 6, 2017
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Elephant toothpaste, soda explosions, homemade slime — Science Quest camp at the Dickinson County Nature Center is going to be explosive fun. “Kids will learn to be different kinds of scientists,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “They will start as ecologists, and then they’ll be physicists and engineers, and at ...

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Teaching our children to appreciate nature

July 5, 2017
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It breaks my heart. Someone intentionally ran over two young raccoons a few blocks from my house. Kids at a day care were encouraged to throw rocks at a snake and hit a bat with foam bats. I heard both of these stories within the past day, and they just give me ...

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Tent races and s’mores — nothing is better than Family Nature Night

June 30, 2017
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Gather your most competitive, outdoorsy family members for the next Family Nature Night. The family-friendly event will take place 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, in Kenue Park in Okoboji and will focus on camping skills, with a little friendly competition thrown in. “We’ll set up an entire tournament of tent races,” said ...

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Dig a little deeper, paint a little browner

June 28, 2017
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I (Kiley) know I made this exhibit at the Dickinson County Nature Center, but this might be the most boring thing I’ve ever written. Thirty-six inches down in our soil, you will find loam which is characterized by common, fine, distinct brownish yellow mottles, a weak fine prismatic structure…yikes. It continues ...

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Crayfish, shells and driftwood become beautiful in Mary Jo Daniels’ hands

June 23, 2017
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It’s not often that you see a crayfish pictured in a work of art, let alone an actual crayfish shell. Yet, Mary Jo Daniels makes it beautiful. The Spirit Lake artist is a master at taking simple objects from nature and turning them into something creative and intriguing. See her mixed media art ...

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Plan an indoor scavenger hunt

June 22, 2017
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Photo of the osprey nest exhibit

We’re now a month into summer vacation, and every morning is similar. The kids wake up way too early. You feed them breakfast. You have play time, and you look at the clock. It’s 9:30 a.m. Plus, if you’re in northwest Iowa this morning, it’s pouring rain. What’s a mom to do in ...

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Noxious weed announcement

June 16, 2017
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YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DESTROY NOXIOUS WEEDS ON YOUR PROPERTY TO ALL LANDOWNERS IN DICKINSON COUNTY: Each person in possession or control of any lands in Dickinson County with noxious weeds shall immediately or at the proper time destroy and keep under control such noxious weeds, according to the following tables: Group ...

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The legacy of Wilder, Spohn and Holroyd

June 14, 2017
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C. H. Wilder. Clara Holroyd. Eva Spohn. Each day, they woke up, ate a hearty breakfast and walked to the little white schoolhouse in the center of Westport Township in the southwest corner of Dickinson County. With the light of day still young, they started a fire in the potbelly stove to ...

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Boji Blowout Tournament returns in June

June 9, 2017
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Colorful discs filled the air last June as amateur and professional disc golfers competed in the annual Boji Blowout tournament. Baskets will clang again as players score when the PDGA B-tier tournament returns Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park in Okoboji. “I really enjoy the ...

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 13

June 9, 2017
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Beautiful script shows the names of students enrolled at Westport No. 5, and rows of Xs represent when they attended class. One’s mind wanders at the dates that don’t have an X. What were the kids doing that day? Were they sick? Did they have to stay home and help with ...

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