Posts Tagged ‘kayaking’

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 10-14)

Event Phone: 7123366352


  • Kayaking Adventures
    June 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Kayaking Adventures
    June 27, 2018
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Youth ages 10-14 will 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. The daily location of this camp will be sent out via e-mail to listed parents/guardians prior to each day’s session, as weather and wind conditions will be taken into consideration for the location.

There will be two sessions of this camp:

9-11 a.m. June 19-20

9-11 a.m. June 26-27

Registration fees are $40 for Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members or $50 for non-members. Price includes a T-shirt.

*Maximum of six youth per camp.

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Kayaking Adventures camp (ages 10-14)

Event Phone: 7123366352


  • Kayaking Adventures
    June 19, 2018
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Kayaking Adventures
    June 20, 2018
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Youth ages 10-14 will 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. The daily location of this camp will be sent out via e-mail to listed parents/guardians prior to each day’s session, as weather and wind conditions will be taken into consideration for the location.

There will be two sessions of this camp:

9-11 a.m. June 19-20

9-11 a.m. June 26-27

Registration fees are $40 for Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members or $50 for non-members. Price includes a T-shirt.

*Maximum of six youth per camp.

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Kickstart Those Kayaks

Photo of a youth kayaking

You’re out on the lake, and there’s no sounds of motors; all you hear is the lap of small waves, the chatter of nearby birds and the plunk of a turtle diving back down into the water. Sometimes it’s hard to think of such peace and solitude on the larger lakes in the area, but…

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Summer camp registration opens March 1

Photo of a girl running through a tunnel

Sunshine and summertime — admit it; it’s what’s on your mind. Plan ahead for how much fun your kids can have this summer at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji as registration for summer camps opens March 1 online. Ages 4-18 have the opportunity to get outside with a variety of summer camps offered…

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Kickstart Your Kayak – Intermediate

Event Phone: 712-336-6352


  • Morning session
    June 14, 2017
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Afternoon session
    June 14, 2017
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Already know how to kayak? Our certified instructor can help make you even better.

Kayakers for the intermediate course must have their own kayak, personal flotation device and kayaking experience.

Classes are $20 per person.

The class will be held on the water, but the location will not be announced until closer to the date as it will depend on weather and wind conditions. All registrants will be contacted with the location prior to the class.

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