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Click here for instructions on leaping frog origami!

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Leave behind your nature art

kiley : October 23, 2017 10:36 am : Kids, mobile
Andy Goldsworthy is an intriguing nature artist who makes art, takes a photo and then leaves his art behind. (See some of Goldsworthy’s art here.) From piles of leaves that look like three-dimensional pits to rocks balanced in arches, his art inspires you to head outside and see what you can make ...
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What does Teddy the Turtle eat?

kiley : October 23, 2017 8:56 am : Kids, mobile
Teddy — named after conservationist former President Theodore Roosevelt — is an ornate box turtle. That means he is an omnivore and will eat both plants and animals, just like humans! See naturalist Ashley Hansen feed Teddy and learn what his favorite foods are in this video! You can also see more ...
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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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