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Photo of a little girl holding a monarch

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 ...
Photograph of a downy woodpecker in a tree

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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Stretching out into outdoor yoga programming

kiley : May 26, 2017 9:50 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
A warm breeze, the quiet lapping of the waves, the chirping of shorebirds searching for breakfast — one of the most peaceful ways possible to start a summer day would be on the shore Big Spirit Lake. The Dickinson County Conservation Board is offering the opportunity to gently wake up with ...
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It’s all free — summer programming for kids

kiley : May 19, 2017 10:46 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
There’s a big world outside of our TV, computer and phone screens, and the Dickinson County Nature Center plans to show kids just how much fun it is. Summer programming for Nature Explorers and Young Naturalists is focusing on outdoor recreation this summer. From fishing to disc golf to geocaching, youth ...
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Introducing Pioneer Park Nature Preserve

kiley : May 12, 2017 9:10 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Blue flag iris, dickcissels, monarch butterflies — the Pioneer Park Nature Preserve will be a haven for flora, fauna and outdoorsmen in Dickinson County. The Dickinson County Conservation Board will tour its newest area, located just south of Milford along Highway 71, during its next Hike the Wild program Tuesday, May ...
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Kickstart Those Kayaks

kiley : May 5, 2017 11:40 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
You’re out on the lake, and there’s no sounds of motors; all you hear is the lap of small waves, the chatter of nearby birds and the plunk of a turtle diving back down into the water. Sometimes it’s hard to think of such peace and solitude on the larger lakes ...
Photo of a blackburnian warbler

From warblers to Roosevelt, Wings & Wetlands Weekend is packed full

kiley : April 28, 2017 9:01 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Scarlet tanager, photo by leppyone Two male scarlet tanagers, ablaze in fiery red feathers, flitted about in front of a group of birders during a Warbler Walk for Wings & Wetlands Weekend. “The gasps and oohs and aahs were just unbelievable,” said Ed Thelen, who helps lead the Warbler Walk for Dickinson ...
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Learn from birding pros with Birding on the Green

kiley : April 21, 2017 9:20 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile
The “oo-eek, oo-eek” of a female wood duck. The “wha-wha-wha” of a white-breasted nuthatch. The “tee-yee” courtship call of an American goldfinch. Listen hard and you may hear all of these and more during the Birding of the Green program 7 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Brooks National Golf Club in ...
Photo of Brian Ellis as John James Audubon

Learn about America’s great birder

kiley : April 14, 2017 11:37 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information
John James Audubon actually had no role in the organization that bears his name — the Audubon Society. However, George Bird Grinnell was tutored by Audubon’s widow, Lucy Audubon, and when Grinnell worked to put together an organization protecting birds and their habitats, he decided that the Audubon name would be ...
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Welcome environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman

kiley : April 7, 2017 9:30 am : Administrative, Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
“We were messy little critters.” Environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman’s memories of her childhood spent outdoors in Menomonie, WI, have shaped her into who she is today. “We had forts in trees; we would catch frogs in retention ponds,” Kuhlman said. “I had my red bucket full of worms.” She and her sister ...
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Color In Nature art exhibit opens in April

kiley : March 30, 2017 9:19 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
A family boating get-together. A butterfly flitting through the prairie. A walk through wildflowers. Outdoor experiences such as these deeply influence Eagle Grove resident Diane O’Hern’s artwork, which will be evident in her multi-media exhibit featured April-June in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. O’Hern began ...
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