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Introducing Pioneer Park Nature Preserve

May 12, 2017
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Photo of Milford Creek

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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Celebrating the days getting longer

December 1, 2016
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Making yin yangs in the snow Burning a yule log, a yule log cake, yule log ornaments on our Christmas trees — but do we really even know where the yule log tradition came from? Naturalist Charles Vigdal will explain to all those who attend the Winter Solstice Hike 3 p.m. Thursday, ...

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A diamond in Dickinson County

October 13, 2016
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Photo of a yellow-flowered prairie area

“I never knew this place existed!” Dickinson County naturalists Mary Petersen and Charles Vigdal hear this comment during almost every Hike the Wild program, which takes people to public areas throughout the county. They expect to hear this again as the next program takes people to Diamond Lake Tuesday, Oct. 25. “It ...

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Hike the Wild visits Little Sioux Savanna, Gull Point State Park, Abbie Gardner Cabin and more!

May 12, 2016
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Photo of a dock jutting into the water

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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Hike the Wild begins Jan. 26 for 2016 season

January 14, 2016
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Photo of a forest overlook with snow

Snowshoes, snow boots, hiking boots, sneakers, sandals. Break out whatever kind of hiking footwear the season calls for and join the Dickinson County Conservation Board’s monthly Hike the Wild program. The 2016 calendar kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 26, with a trip to the Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area to hike the beautiful Little ...

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Surviving an Iowa winter — Winter Survival Hike Dec. 23

December 11, 2015
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Photo of naturalist leading a hike through the snow

You can find north with just a stick and two rocks. Naturalist Charles Vigdal will teach you how during the Winter Survival Hike the Wild 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Kenue Park in Okoboji. The final Hike the Wild program for 2015 will get people into the park just outside the ...

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Get in the Thanksgiving mood with a special Hike the Wild

November 13, 2015
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Photo of cabin at Wildwood Nature Preserve

Tis the time of year for thankfulness, so get in the spirit during the Native Thanksgiving Hike the Wild Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Wildwood Nature Preserve in Spirit Lake. Meet at 3 p.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and caravan to the site with naturalist Charles Vigdal, who ...

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Hike the Wild, Art & Nature are coming up!

October 16, 2015
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  Burnt amber, succulent plum, deep mahogany — the vibrant tones of fall leaves jump off the trees. Join the Dickinson County Conservation Board in enjoying the colorful view at Fort Defiance State Park during the next Hike the Wild. Meet at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, ...

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Abbie and Andy: Dickinson County Conservation continues programming this fall

September 18, 2015
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Photo of the Abbie Gardner state historic site

In September 1856, Abbie Gardner and her family would have started preparing for their first Okoboji winter. It wouldn’t have been easy though — fresh food was processed and put away for long winter nights; the cabin was prepared to take on harsh winds; quilts and heavier clothes were mended for ...

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Free summer programming!

May 11, 2015
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Summer in Okoboji means time spent outdoors, and if you can learn a little bit while having fun in the sun then it’s all the better. The Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji provides free entertainment for all ages through a variety of programs including Hike the Wild, Nature Playtime for ...

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