Posts Tagged ‘kayak’

Kickstart Your Kayak with courses this summer

Photo of a kayaker on the lake

  The number of people with kayaks in the Iowa Great Lakes area has been exploding the past few years. “It’s good exercise; we have a lot of good water resources. Plus, it’s much more economical than a power boat,” said kayaker Mark Foss. “We have lots of areas that are more suitable for kayaking,…

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Camp registration is filling fast

Photo of a naturalist and kids looking at a compass plant

Get ready to dig into adventure at the Dickinson County Nature Center this summer. Online registration is now open for youth summer camps at the nature center in Okoboji, and there is plenty of fun in store for kids who participate. “We like to provide summer camps because we think it teaches kids different ways…

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Kickstart Your Kayak (Advanced)

Event Phone: 7123366352


  • August 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Those who have extended kayaking experience will learn advanced skills from a certified instructor. Please bring own kayak and personal flotation device.

For ages 15 and older with kayaking experience. The location of the class will be announced to pre-registered participants via e-mail prior to the class date.

*Maximum of five participants

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Kickstart Your Kayak (Beginners)

Event Phone: 7123366352


  • June 12, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of kayaking from a certified instructor. Master entering and exiting a kayak, paddling forward, stopping and turning. Also, go over key safety information.

Kayaks and personal flotation devices will be provided. If you would like to use your own kayak or PFD, you may, but please alert the Dickinson County Nature Center staff as to those arrangements.

For ages 16 and older. The location of the class will be announced to pre-registered participants via e-mail prior to the class date.

Read more about the event here.

*Maximum of five participants

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Kickstart Your Kayak (Beginners)

Event Phone: 7123366352


  • June 12, 2018
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of kayaking from a certified instructor. Master entering and exiting a kayak, paddling forward, stopping and turning. Also, go over key safety information.

Kayaks and personal flotation devices will be provided. If you would like to use your own kayak or PFD, you may, but please alert the Dickinson County Nature Center staff as to those arrangements.

For ages 16 and older. The location of the class will be announced to pre-registered participants via e-mail prior to the class date.

Read more about the class here.

*Maximum of five participants

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Kayaking Adventures camp (ages 13-18)

Event Phone: 712-336-6352


  • June 27, 2017 - June 28, 2017
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of kayaking from our certified instructor and put your new-found paddling skills to the test on the water 9 a.m.-noon June 27-28.

Kayak, paddle and life jacket provided, but campers may also bring their own life jacket and/or kayak if they would like.

Another installment of the camp will be held 9-11 a.m. June 20-21 for ages 10-12.

Costs are $40 for Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members and $50 for non-members

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Kayaking Adventures camp (ages 10-12)

Event Phone: 712-336-6352


  • June 20, 2017 - June 21, 2017
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn the basics of kayaking from our certified instructor and put your new-found paddling skills to the test on the water 9-11 a.m. June 20-21.

Kayak, paddle and life jacket provided, but campers may also bring their own life jacket and/or kayak if they would like.

A second installment of the camp will be held 9 a.m.-noon June 27-28 for ages 13-18.

Costs are $40 for Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members and $50 for non-members

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Kick Start Your Kayaking adventure

Photo of kayaks in the water

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 are examples of…

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Kayaking Adventures for teens and pre-teens

Photo of an empty kayak by a wooden dock

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 June 22-23 for ages…

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We love Okobojioutdoors

Photo of a T-shirt with a monarch that says Okoboji Outdoors

This is a fun time of year to work at the Dickinson County Nature Center because there is so much going on every day. From working to finish the inside of the walkthrough cave, to putting up the new osprey camera, to creating models of ant and worm tunnels — every day is different and…

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