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Take on The Nature Center Challenge

kiley : July 28, 2016 9:21 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Look at the trees on the east side of the Westport Schoolhouse in Kenue Park; what kind of fruit do they produce? Come to the Dickinson County Nature Center’s next Family Nature Night 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, and see for yourself. During The Nature Center Challenge, compete with other families ...
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Learn about the best meteor shower of the year

kiley : July 22, 2016 9:13 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Just look up. Meteors will streak through the night sky at the beginning of August, and you can learn all about these upcoming celestial events during the next Star Trekking program 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The August program will surround the upcoming Perseids ...
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Free field day precedes Prairie Lakes Conference

kiley : July 20, 2016 11:58 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile
Jared Herbert and his wife, Mary, began implementing conservation practices on their Lake Park farm in the 1990s. “It’s the right thing to do as far as conservation ethics,” Herbert said. “It eliminates erosion from wind and water. It frees up your labor. I was really getting tired working all the ...
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Landscaping that makes a difference for our lakes

kiley : July 14, 2016 2:47 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
A plant that improves soil health, filters water, is drought-resistant, doesn’t need fertilizer and requires little, if any, pesticide use — sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, these plants do exist. They’re native plants, from milkweed and spiderwort to wild bergamot and blazing star. Come to the Dickinson County Nature ...
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We Pedal Clean Water bike ride registration open

kiley : July 14, 2016 2:33 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The We Pedal Clean Water conservation bike ride makes a move to Big Spirit Lake this year. Join the Dickinson County Conservation Board for a ride around Iowa’s largest natural lake on Saturday, Aug. 13, and stop at four locations to learn about how local people and organizations are making a ...
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Connecting with Nature Through Sculpture exhibit on display

kiley : July 8, 2016 11:40 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Metal sculptures and nature might not seem to be connected, but to Spirit Lake artist Bill Lieb, they definitely are. Lieb’s new exhibit in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center, Connecting with Nature Through Sculpture, exhibits the relationship between certain site-specific pieces he has created and the ...
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Bird Brains unite at Family Nature Night July 11

kiley : July 1, 2016 8:36 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Baltimore orioles, ruby-throated hummingbirds, yellow-headed blackbirds — all kinds of neat species make their homes in Kenue Park, home of the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. Bird brains of all ages are invited to the next Family Nature Night 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, to learn all about our feathered ...
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Get your children outside this summer

kiley : June 24, 2016 2:29 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
If you’re looking for something educational to occupy your children’s time this summer, look no further than the Dickinson County Nature Center. Free youth programming is held each week at the nature center in Okoboji — Nature Tots for ages 2-5, Nature Explorers for ages 6-9 and Young Naturalists for ages ...
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Find out how you can eat for free

kiley : June 24, 2016 1:58 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The great Okoboji outdoors is a wealth of beautiful wildlife, glistening bodies of water, and wild … food? Iowa Lakes Community College’s GROW program comes to the Dickinson County Nature Center for a Wild Edibles class 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15. Naturalist Charles Vigdal will take adults through the rules and tips ...
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Nature Kids camp to be held July 18-20

kiley : June 17, 2016 1:59 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Wonder for the world around them — that’s what children will learn during the Nature Kids camp July 18-20 at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “Nature is an amazing place to spark the imaginations and all the senses of our kids,” said naturalist Mary Petersen. “A great reminder to ...
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Boji Blowout disc golf tournament coming in June

kiley : June 9, 2016 2:05 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Four days of disc golf delight will come to the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course June 23-26. All ages and experience levels are invited to a free disc golf clinic 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Dickinson County Conservation’s course in Kenue Park. Derek Sahr, a professional player from Sioux Falls, ...
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Kick Start Your Kayaking adventure

kiley : June 3, 2016 9:57 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Forward stroke, reverse stroke, sweep stroke — kick start your kayaking adventure with these basic paddling maneuvers. Dickinson County naturalists and American Canoe Association instructor Mark Foss will teach experienced and new kayakers alike safety basics and paddling techniques during the Kick Start Your Kayak classes Monday, June 20. Dickinson County naturalists ...
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Family Nature Night has Gone Fishin’

kiley : June 3, 2016 9:00 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The Dickinson County Nature Center is planning three summer evenings of family and fun with its new Family Nature Night program. The first in the series will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, at the nature center in Okoboji. The Gone Fishin’ program will begin in the outdoor amphitheater ...
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Abbie Gardner Cabin opens for the season today

kiley : May 31, 2016 12:49 pm : Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Abbie Gardner Cabin docent Ed Purdy held up a posterboard with the word perseverance printed on it. He asked a visiting class of students what they thought it meant and then revealed the definition written below the word, “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” Purdy’s favorite part ...
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Young Naturalists and Nature Explorers begin in June

kiley : May 27, 2016 11:24 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
If you were lost in the woods, would you know how to start a fire, how to build a shelter, how to find water? If your 10- to 12-year-old participates in this summer’s Young Naturalists program at the Dickinson County Nature Center, they will know how to do all of these ...

Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open for the season June 14

kiley : May 27, 2016 10:46 am : Environmental Education, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Country school teachers in the early 1900s lived a strict life. An actual set of rules for a country school teacher in 1915 included these parameters: You are not to keep company with men; you must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless at a school ...
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Kayaking Adventures for teens and pre-teens

kiley : May 20, 2016 12:18 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Spending time on the water is the best part about summers in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Teens and pre-teens can learn a new way to enjoy the waves with the Kayaking Adventures day camps through the Dickinson County Conservation Board 8:30 a.m.-noon June 15-16 for ages 8-12 and 8:30 a.m.-noon ...
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Hike the Wild visits Little Sioux Savanna, Gull Point State Park, Abbie Gardner Cabin and more!

kiley : May 12, 2016 1:45 pm : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The Little Sioux Savanna doesn’t draw awe-inspired gasps from the parking lot, but walk a few hundred feet onto the property and the landscape opens up to smile-inducing beauty. Each month Dickinson County Conservation’s Hike the Wild program takes people to little-traversed public gems throughout the county, like the Little Sioux ...
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Spirit of Chautauqua concert coming to Iowa counties

kiley : May 12, 2016 8:45 am : Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
The “Spirit of Chautauqua” is a music tour coming to Iowa counties this summer. The name is a tribute to the lively Chautauqua festivals that brought a world of entertainment to Iowa communities a century ago. Brought to you by Will Schmitt and county conservation departments across the state, the tour will ...

Learn how YOU can help water quality in your own backyard

kiley : May 5, 2016 9:24 am : Environmental Education, Events and Activities, General Information, mobile, Our Parks and Places
Clean water for the Iowa Great Lakes. We all want it. How do we get it? Come to the East Okoboji Beach work day 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and learn how rain gardens and swales assist in the water quality process. Dickinson County Conservation maintains the East Okoboji Beach subdivision rain gardens ...
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