Our Parks and Places

Judd Wildlife Area is a prairie paradise

Photo of a stream winding through the prairie

Bobolinks nesting in the prairie, Blanding’s turtles resting by the stream, bald eagles flying overhead — a walk through the Judd Wildlife Area allows some of nature’s finest to show off. Twenty years ago, the Dickinson County Conservation Board looked to add a public recreation area south of Milford, and a Wildlife Habitat Stamp grant…

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Prescribed burning in county rights-of-way

Photo of a conservation board employee working on a prescribed burn in a prairie

Dickinson County Conservation Board’s Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program will be conducting prescribed burns in county road rights-of-way during the next few months. Prescribed burns are an effective resource management tool utilized to discourage the growth of weeds and woody vegetation while promoting the growth of desired native vegetation in roadside prairie sites. All staff…

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Kenue Park celebrates 28th birthday this year

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 park providing spring,…

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Watch the swans on our live web camera

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 Dickinson County Nature…

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Calling all collectors!

Photo of an antique fishing lure called "Lazy Ike"

Cardboard boxes. Steamer trunks. Plastic totes. Attics, basements, garages and closets are full of bins in which we collect items. Whether its stamps, crystal stemware or sea shells, most of us have a variety of collections that are hoarded somewhere in our homes or storage units. These are collections that we have worked on, spent…

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Horseshoe Bend turns 45 this year

Photo of a bend in the Little Sioux River

It has been 47 years since the Dickinson County Conservation Board began, and the organization quickly got to work. By 1971, conservation board leaders had entered an agreement to purchase a piece of property along 240th Street just south of the city of Milford. The area, dubbed Horseshoe Bend, was purchased from Richard and Rhoda…

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Donate to the Spring Run Shooting Range renovation

Photo of two men and guns at a shooting range

Fundraising is underway for a renovation of the Spring Run Shooting Range east of Spirit Lake. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Dickinson County Conservation Board have partnered to renovate the public shooting range at the Spring Run Complex in Spirit Lake. The $64,000 project, located at 1776 272nd Ave. in Spirit Lake, will…

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Spring Run Shooting Range fundraiser

As many of you have heard over the past few months, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Dickinson County Conservation Board have been working updating the Spring Run Shooting Range. Last winter the Dickinson County Conservation Board completed a needs assessment, and the Spring Run range was one of the top projects that…

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Planting for pollinators — get involved!

The Dickinson County Conservation Board is committed to protecting monarch butterflies and other pollinators through the planting of milkweed and other native prairie species throughout the community. Students from the four Dickinson County school districts assisted in this mission during a planting project Tuesday, May 12, on six acres adjacent to Pure Fishing’s facility in…

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DCCB welcomes IRVM vegetation specialist Aric Ping

Aric Ping has joined the Dickinson County Conservation Board as the new Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management vegetation specialist. The IRVM program will establish native, tallgrass prairie stands in the county right-of-ways in order to reduce runoff, reduce erosion and provide wildlife habitat as well as visually-appealing aesthetic in the ditches. After working in Douglas County,…

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