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Hiking the Wild featured in DISCOVER!

June 24, 2014
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Bee hives installed at nature center

May 9, 2014
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The Dickinson County Nature Center is buzzing with activity. Literally. A new indoor bee hive exhibit was displayed, along with an outdoor hive, at the Okoboji nature center in early May. About 10,000 Ohio-bred honey bees (apis mellifera carnica) have now made their home inside a glass-enclosed hive inside the nature center. ...

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Osprey camera affected by storm

May 8, 2014
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Due to the short rainstorm this afternoon, the osprey camera tipped over and was hanging by its support brace. Rather than putting the camera back up and disturbing the mother incubating her eggs for a long period of time, it was decided to take the osprey camera down until the chicks hatch. ...

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Horseshoe Bend Tubing Hill UPDATE 2-14-14

February 14, 2014
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The winter sport facility (tubing hill) at Horseshoe Bend County Park near Milford, Ia will not be open this weekend. Even though there has been some recent snow in the area, there is still not enough to run the lift systems for the tubes and there is still grass showing ...

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Little Sioux Water Trail landowner public meeting

January 2, 2014
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Little Sioux Water Trail landowner public meeting at the Nature Center  When: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm   Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission, acting as project manager for the potential of developing the Little Sioux Water Trail, will be holding a landowner public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 ...

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Horseshoe Bend Sledding Hill Update 12-19-13

December 19, 2013
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Dickinson County Conservation Board’s Horseshoe Bend Sledding Hill is currently closed, as of December 19th, because of poor snow conditions. If conditions improve on the hill, check back on this website, on Dickinson County Nature Center’s Facebook page or call the Horseshoe Bend offices anytime at 712-338-4786 for an automated, ...

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Family Fall Fest at Horseshoe Bend Park on Oct. 19th

October 15, 2013
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October 19th, 2013 11am to 6pm at Horseshoe Bend Park 1924 240th St. Milford, IA Schedule of events: 11-12pm Face painting & pumpkin painting/carving 12-3pm  Hayrides (weather permitting) & soupfeed/bake sale 3-4pm   spooky nature scavenger hunt (weather permitting) 4-5pm  Pie eating contest   (pre register via facebook) 5pm campsite trick or treat at campsites Kiddo costume contest…

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Local Audubon meeting tonight celebrating the completion of the water feature, open to the public!

October 3, 2013
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The next Northern Iowa Prairie Lakes Audubon meeting is set for ( TONIGHT) 7:00 p.m. on October 3, 2013 at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The program will consist of celebrating the completion of the water feature and deck at the Dickinson County Nature Center!! This is Open to the ...

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Update! Landscaping almost finished at the Nature Center

August 21, 2013
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The Nature Center is almost complete with its third stage of construction. The new landscaping features include, outdoor amphitheater for programs and events, large 100 person deck wrapping around the building, outdoor classroom area, and bird sanctuary with waterfall feature. Check out the pictures below. We still have plenty of ...

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Osprey family flying and doing fine!

August 7, 2013
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If you are viewing the osprey camera recently, you might have noticed that it is a little quiet. The osprey chick on the nesting platform here at the Nature Center have all fledged and are now flying around the Lakes Area. We will continue to see them in the area ...

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