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Final events of 2017

9 a.m. Nov. 18: Bird Trek, meet at the Dickinson County Nature Center and caravan to birding sites throughout the county

3 p.m. Nov. 22: Thanksgiving hike, Kenue Park

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13: Nature Tots, ages 2-5, pre-register

Dec. 16: Christmas Bird Count

3 p.m. Dec. 27: Winter Survival Hike, Kenue Park

Special events 2018

6:30 p.m. March 16: Pajama Party

Come to the nature center to learn about all things green. Wear your pajamas! A fun snack will be provided.

Friday, April 20: Earth Day Celebration

Participate in a fun, family event celebrating Earth Day.

May 12-13: Wings and Wetlands Weekend

Dickinson County joins other northwest Iowa county conservation boards for a fun weekend celebrating birds and wetland species.

10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11: Insect identification class, ages 12 and older

4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7: Bee & Butterfly Festival

Our biggest event of the year focuses on our favorite pollinators, bees and butterflies. Join us and hundreds of guests for fantastic entertainment, educational speakers, take-home crafts, monarch tagging and more.

Youth camps

Register for camps starting in March 2018. Register online or at the Dickinson County Nature Center; deadline two weeks before each camp. Price includes T-shirt. Ages are as of June 1, 2018

Kayaking Adventures (ages 10-14)

9 a.m.-11 a.m. June 19-20 or June 26-27

Learn the basics of kayaking skills, techniques and safety from our certified instructor and put that new-found knowledge to use on the water.

*Maximum of six campers per session

Nature’s Fortress (ages 4-5)

9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 17-18

Learn about different animal habitats through active play and adventure.

*Maximum of 15 campers

Dig Into Adventure (Ages 6-7)

9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 31-Aug. 1

Dig deeper into the world of rocks, dinosaurs and the early history of Iowa. Students will learn through hands-on activities and observations.

*Maximum of 15 campers

Active Adventurers (Ages 8-9)

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14-15

Participate in a variety of hands-on outdoor activities. Learn about outdoor hobbies such as camping, bird watching, disc golf and more.

*Maximum of 15 campers

Birdwatchers Anonymous

Feb. 16-19: Great Backyard Bird Count

9 a.m. March 31 and April 28: Bird Trek, meet at the nature center and caravan to birding sites around the county.

Birding on the Green


7 a.m. May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10

Meet at Brooks National Golf Club in Okoboji and drive golf carts through the Audubon-certified course to document up to 60 species by sight and sound.


Nature Tots (second Wednesday of the month)

Pre-register, Ages 2 to 5, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., additional 9 a.m. session June-August, maximum 25 children per session

Jan. 10: Splendid Snowflakes

Feb. 14: Love Bugs

March 14: Spring has Sprung

April 11: Nifty Nests

May 9: Because of a seed…

June 13: Pollination Party

July 11: Mucky Mud

Aug. 8: Smokey Bear’s Birthday

Sept. 12: Nature Detectives

Oct. 10: Fall is Falling

Nov. 14: Turkey Trot

Dec. 12: Cuddle Up Critters


Hike the Wild (fourth Tuesday of the month, excluding January)

No registration, All ages, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Feb. 27: Elinor Bedell State Park — Snowshoes

March 26: Lower Gar State Recreational Area

April 24: Gull Point State Park

May 22: TBD

June 26: Cayler Prairie

July 24: Silver Lake Fen

Aug. 28: Kettleson Hogsback

Sept. 25: Freda Haffner Kettlehole

Oct. 23: Ocheyedan Mound State Preserve

3 p.m. Nov. 27: Turkey Trot, Kenue Park

3 p.m. Dec. 27: Winter Wonderland Walk, Kenue Park


Art & Nature

January-March: Tom Gustafson, photography

April-June: Sue Boettcher, photography

July-September: Hannah Haberecht, paintings

October-December: Danielle Clouse, paintings

Young Nature Explorers (Thursdays in June, July, August)

Pre-register, Ages 6 to 8 years, 10:30 a.m., maximum 25 children

June 7: Leave No Trace skills

June 12: Fishing

July 5: Camping 101

July 19: Water Cycle and Water Fun

Aug. 2: Nature Art


Young Naturalists (Thursdays in June, July, August)

Pre-register, Ages 9 to 12 years, 10:30 a.m., maximum 25 children

June 14: Leave No Trace skills

June 28: Fishing

July 12: Camping 101

July 26: Animal Tracking 101

Aug. 9: Recycled Art


Pollinator Education Series

5:30 p.m. Feb. 22: Native butterflies and moths

5:30 p.m. March 22: Native plants and pollinators

5:30 p.m. April 26: Native bees

11 a.m. Oct. 20: Seed collecting


Nature At Night

8:30 p.m. June 15: Exploring the Night

7:30 p.m. July 20: Firefly Frenzy

8 p.m. Aug. 17: Stargazers