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Round, tiny and fluffy — participate in citizen science seed collecting program

kiley : October 13, 2017 9:47 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Butterfly milkweed, wild bergamot and prairie dropseed seeds Like each prairie plant, each plant seed is also unique — from flat, round seeds attached to fluff in milkweed plants to long, oblong seeds from big bluestem. You can learn all about native prairie seeds and how to collect them and put that ...
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Fall bird migration through Iowa isn’t rushed

kiley : October 5, 2017 9:25 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
Sabine’s gull Sabine’s gulls are an Arctic species that typically migrate along the coasts or at sea, but one was spotted in Dickinson County in September. During the Sept. 30 Birdwatchers Anonymous birding trek, Lee Schoenewe and his group of birders found this rare species at a marsh just west of Little ...
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Cartographics and quilts: Shelley Cords-Swanson’s unique art is on display October-December

kiley : September 29, 2017 8:52 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
When Shelley Cords-Swanson was engaged to be married, she thought she should get a sewing machine and learn how to use it to hem pants, patch garments and other such duties. “I got the idea one day to see if I could make a quilt,” the Odin, MN, resident said. So she ...
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Welcome naturalist Ashley Hansen

kiley : September 22, 2017 9:22 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
When Ashley Hansen was an environmental conservation volunteer with the Peace Corps in Santo Domingo, Paraguay, she came across a little kitten with big ears. She adopted the cat and named her Nambi, which in the local native language of Guaraní in her village in Paraguay means “ear.” Even utilizing that ...

How do monarch butterflies find their way south?

kiley : September 20, 2017 3:34 pm : Blog, General Information, mobile
Those wonderful orange-and-black butterflies that we love so much. They fly overhead this time of year, and we know they are headed to their overwintering sites outside of Mexico City. But how do they get there? Plenty of studies have been done throughout the years to try to figure out how a ...
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Hike the Wild continues this fall

kiley : September 15, 2017 10:49 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The next Hike the Wild programs with the Dickinson County Conservation Board take people to sites outside of the county. “It’s just good to explore new places,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. Experience Fort Defiance State Park in the fall during the next hike Tuesday, Sept. 26. Meet at 9:30 a.m. ...
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Nature Tots continues this fall

kiley : September 8, 2017 10:04 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
From Icky Animals to Nature’s Blessings, this fall’s Nature Tots programs at the Dickinson County Nature Center will be full of fun. “Nature Tots for the next couple of months will be related to the upcoming seasons and holidays,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. The program for ages 2-5 is held ...
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Family Glow Walk/Run to light up the night

kiley : August 31, 2017 9:03 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Photo by Eirik Solheim Families are glowing to have a good time during the premier Family Glow Walk/Run this October. The Bedell Family YMCA, Dickinson County Nature Center and Pearson Lakes Art Center have partnered to put together this fun family event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. “The sun will set, and the ...
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The biggest festival of the year is Sept. 1!

kiley : August 25, 2017 1:11 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
We love pollinators at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. That love is shared with hundreds of people during the annual Bee & Butterfly Festival, held 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, this year. “The Bee & Butterfly Festival is our biggest event of the year,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator ...
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Free family fun at the Bee & Butterfly Festival

kiley : August 11, 2017 10:42 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The live monarch tagging is always a hit at the annual Bee & Butterfly Festival at the Dickinson County Nature Center, and this year’s festival will feature live animals as well. The Great Plains Zoomobile from Sioux Falls, SD, will bring four live animals for a featured presentation during the Friday, ...
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Play free disc golf with the family

kiley : August 4, 2017 9:52 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Once a week? Twice? Every day? How often do we wonder what we can do with our family for fun that’s actually free? One answer to the quandary is to play disc golf at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park. You can learn to play and try out the ...
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Fall photography contest announced

kiley : July 20, 2017 11:32 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
Alex Miles – adult winner A broken ice trail, a downy woodpecker poking its head out of a hole, a macro shot of tree bark — these three photographs were the winners of the spring photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. “There is so much in nature to be in ...
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Native Plantings workshop heads to Lakes Area Farmers Market

kiley : July 14, 2017 11:32 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
  Swamp milkweed Butterfly milkweed, wild bergamot, royal catchfly, wild white indigo, hoary vervain — the number of native plants in the prairie might seem overwhelming. However, the Native Plantings workshop put on by Dickinson County Conservation 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Lakes Area Farmers Market in Spirit Lake will help ...
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Progress on Pollinator Paradise

kiley : July 12, 2017 8:56 am : Events and Activities, Fundraising, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Construction on the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji is officially underway. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, July 11, at the nature center, and construction will continue through March 2018. Fundraising is ongoing for Phase 2 of the project, which will be completion of ...
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Kids try out different science careers at Science Quest camp

kiley : July 6, 2017 11:25 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Elephant toothpaste, soda explosions, homemade slime — Science Quest camp at the Dickinson County Nature Center is going to be explosive fun. “Kids will learn to be different kinds of scientists,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “They will start as ecologists, and then they’ll be physicists and engineers, and at ...
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Tent races and s’mores — nothing is better than Family Nature Night

kiley : June 30, 2017 12:29 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Gather your most competitive, outdoorsy family members for the next Family Nature Night. The family-friendly event will take place 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, in Kenue Park in Okoboji and will focus on camping skills, with a little friendly competition thrown in. “We’ll set up an entire tournament of tent races,” said ...
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Crayfish, shells and driftwood become beautiful in Mary Jo Daniels’ hands

kiley : June 23, 2017 12:16 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
It’s not often that you see a crayfish pictured in a work of art, let alone an actual crayfish shell. Yet, Mary Jo Daniels makes it beautiful. The Spirit Lake artist is a master at taking simple objects from nature and turning them into something creative and intriguing. See her mixed media art ...
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Boji Blowout Tournament returns in June

kiley : June 9, 2017 1:29 pm : Administrative, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Colorful discs filled the air last June as amateur and professional disc golfers competed in the annual Boji Blowout tournament. Baskets will clang again as players score when the PDGA B-tier tournament returns Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park in Okoboji. “I really enjoy the ...
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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 13

kiley : June 9, 2017 8:50 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Beautiful script shows the names of students enrolled at Westport No. 5, and rows of Xs represent when they attended class. One’s mind wanders at the dates that don’t have an X. What were the kids doing that day? Were they sick? Did they have to stay home and help with ...
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Fishing fun at Family Nature Night

kiley : June 2, 2017 12:57 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Summer is all about family time. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is offering three great opportunities to create outdoor family memories during its monthly Family Nature Nights 6 p.m. June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14. “This is the second year of Family Nature Night programs, and we’re excited to offer some ...
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