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Frogs are the real living dead

kiley : October 17, 2017 2:54 pm : Kids, mobile
The title “living dead” is very Halloween-appropriate. And that’s exactly what northern leopard frogs are in the wintertime. Photo by Eva Brown Northern leopard frogs are native to northwest Iowa and are aquatic creatures, meaning they live in the water. Like American bullfrogs, which are not native to northern Iowa, northern leopard frogs ...
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The perfect fall craft — a handprint acorn!

kiley : October 16, 2017 2:29 pm : Kids, mobile
‘Tis the season of acorns. Come to Kenue Park and you will see many, many of the tasty morsels that animals like squirrels love to munch on during the winter. That makes an acorn craft the perfect fall activity, one that we did during our Colors of the Wind-themed Nature Tots program ...
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Make your own caterpillar finger puppet

kiley : October 9, 2017 1:10 pm : Kids, mobile
Finger puppets are an incredibly easy craft to make at home, because they need hardly any supplies but create hours — let’s be honest here, minutes — of fun. We’ve made a bee finger puppet on our blog before, and you can download the template on our Five Bee Myths and ...

Why can’t I see the queen bee in the indoor bee hive?

kiley : October 9, 2017 12:49 pm : Kids, mobile
“Where is the queen bee?” That’s usually the first question we get when people see the indoor bee hive at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The queen bee is pretty identifiable. Her abdomen — the longest part of her body — is almost twice the length of a worker bee. However, we almost ...
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The reason a snake sticks out its tongue

kiley : September 29, 2017 1:27 pm : Kids
Why do snakes stick out their tongues at you? Have you ever seen this? You’ve been looking at Rosie the corn snake or Itsy Bitsy the western fox snake, and one of them sticks out her black tongue and flicks it around. She is smelling you! The snake’s tongue has a fork on ...
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Create your own butterfly mask

kiley : September 22, 2017 1:45 pm : Kids
This mask was the hit craft of the 2017 Bee & Butterfly Festival. Whether you missed the fun or want to make new masks to wear at home, this butterfly mask is the perfect afternoon craft. First, download the butterfly mask template and print it on cardstock or thick construction paper. We used ...
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