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Teaching our children to appreciate nature

July 5, 2017
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It breaks my heart. Someone intentionally ran over two young raccoons a few blocks from my house. Kids at a day care were encouraged to throw rocks at a snake and hit a bat with foam bats. I heard both of these stories within the past day, and they just give me ...

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Tent races and s’mores — nothing is better than Family Nature Night

June 30, 2017
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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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Dig a little deeper, paint a little browner

June 28, 2017
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I (Kiley) know I made this exhibit at the Dickinson County Nature Center, but this might be the most boring thing I’ve ever written. Thirty-six inches down in our soil, you will find loam which is characterized by common, fine, distinct brownish yellow mottles, a weak fine prismatic structure…yikes. It continues ...

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Crayfish, shells and driftwood become beautiful in Mary Jo Daniels’ hands

June 23, 2017
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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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Plan an indoor scavenger hunt

June 22, 2017
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Photo of the osprey nest exhibit

We’re now a month into summer vacation, and every morning is similar. The kids wake up way too early. You feed them breakfast. You have play time, and you look at the clock. It’s 9:30 a.m. Plus, if you’re in northwest Iowa this morning, it’s pouring rain. What’s a mom to do in ...

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Noxious weed announcement

June 16, 2017
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YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DESTROY NOXIOUS WEEDS ON YOUR PROPERTY TO ALL LANDOWNERS IN DICKINSON COUNTY: Each person in possession or control of any lands in Dickinson County with noxious weeds shall immediately or at the proper time destroy and keep under control such noxious weeds, according to the following tables: Group ...

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