Special events

St. Patty’s Pajama Party

6:30 p.m. March 16

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

Earth Day Celebration

April 20

Participate in a fun, family event celebrating Earth Day.

Wings and Wetlands Weekend

May 12-13

Dickinson County joins other northwest Iowa county conservation boards for a fun weekend celebrating birds and wetland species. Dickinson County will host a Warbler Walk 8 a.m. Saturday, May 12, starting at the Marble Lake boat ramp east of Big Spirit Lake.

Insect Identification class

10 a.m. Aug. 11

This class for ages 12 and older will help you learn how to identify insect species found in Iowa.

Bee & Butterfly Festival

4-8 p.m. Sept. 7

Our biggest event of the year focuses on our favorite pollinators, bees and butterflies. Join us and hundreds of guests for monarch butterfly tagging, entertainment by Pockets Full of Fun, guest speakers, take-home crafts, a honey extraction demonstration and more.

Family Glow Walk

6:30 p.m. Oct. 6

Enjoy a fall evening outdoors with the family on a walk from the Pearson Lakes Art Center to the Dickinson County Nature Center. Wear glow gear and participate in fun, glowing activities. Register with the art center.

Howlin’ Halloween

3:30-5 p.m. Oct. 31

Bring the kids to the nature center for a short program on coyotes, crafts and a costume parade before heading out to trick-or-treat. Everyone who wears a costume will get a honey treat.

Youth camps
Nature Tots
Hike the Wild
Art & Nature
Nature Explorers
Young Naturalists
Pollinator Education series
Nature At Night
Kickstart Your Kayak
Run the Bend 5K


  1. Cyndee Dather on May 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Please register my grandson Kellen Proctor, who is 2 1/2 for 10:30 AM. The following dates for Nature Tots:
    – June 14
    – July 12
    – Aug 9
    – Sept 13
    – Oct 11
    – Nov 8
    – Dec 13
    Thanks Cyndee Dather

    • kiley on May 23, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Please call 712-336-6352 to register. We will put you on the June and July list. The August date is full, so we will need your phone number to put you on the waiting list. As of right now we are only taking reservations through August. Thank you!