calendar enews
webcam
rentals

Create your own butterfly mask

September 22, 2017
By
Photo of a boy with a butterfly mask

This mask was the hit craft of the 2017 Bee & Butterfly Festival. Whether you missed the fun or want to make new masks to wear at home, this butterfly mask is the perfect afternoon craft. First, download the butterfly mask template and print it on cardstock or thick construction paper. We used ...

Read more »

The nocturnal animals of Iowa

September 22, 2017
By
Graphic with nocturnal animals

“Where is the hedgehog?” or “What is in the cage below the salamanders?” These are two questions we often get at the Dickinson County Nature Center, because what is in the cage below the salamanders in our lower level is an African pygmy hedgehog named Honey. And Honey is usually buried beneath ...

Read more »

Welcome naturalist Ashley Hansen

September 22, 2017
By
Photo of Ashley Hansen

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 ...

Read more »

How do monarch butterflies find their way south?

September 20, 2017
By

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 ...

Read more »

Hike the Wild continues this fall

September 15, 2017
By
Photo of a forested stream

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. ...

Read more »

Serial winner Alex Miles take home top slot again

September 13, 2017
By
Photo of the solar eclipse in the clouds

I made hashmarks for each photo — with photographers anonymous — that our staff voted for in the fall photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Five hashmarks for his or her No. 1 pick, four for the No. 2 pick, three for No. 3 and so on. When the votes ...

Read more »