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It’s all free — summer programming for kids

May 19, 2017
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There’s a big world outside of our TV, computer and phone screens, and the Dickinson County Nature Center plans to show kids just how much fun it is. Summer programming for Nature Explorers and Young Naturalists is focusing on outdoor recreation this summer. From fishing to disc golf to geocaching, youth ...

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A twist on the classic snowflake craft

February 1, 2017
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Ugh. That’s what many of us think when we look outside at this time of year. It’s long enough into winter that we’re all tired of the cold, but not far enough into winter that we have hope of spring around the corner. This is the time of year we have to ...

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Make maple taffy with snow!

January 11, 2017
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Sometimes we forget how much fun snow can be when we’re inundated with it during the wintertime. During this month’s Nature Tots program we wanted to remind people the joys of snow, and to conclude the event we even made some maple syrup snow taffy. It’s a pretty easy process to do ...

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Nature Tots expands to two sessions in 2017

December 30, 2016
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Humans don’t hibernate, so it’s time to get out of the house. Bring your toddler, ages 2-5, to the next Nature Tots Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and go for a Wintertime Walk. “We will focus on snow and how animals survive through the winter,” said ...

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Craft of the week: Paw Prints

December 14, 2016
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Baby, it’s cold outside. That usually means that people stay inside, but it doesn’t mean that you only have to do indoorsy things! Today’s Nature Tots focused on paw prints, and toddlers and their families joined us for a story, an animal track scavenger hunt, touch bins and a paw print ...

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Craft of the week: Turtle Prints

November 16, 2016
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  For Nature Tots last week, the theme was Turtle Power! To celebrate our reptile friends, we decorated our own turtle shells using our thumbprints, and this is a great and easy activity you can do with your little ones at home. Start out by drawing a large turtle on your sheet ...

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Nature Tots program continues year-round

September 9, 2016
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The laughter spewed forth as we read the book “Everyone Poops” in preparation for the next Nature Tots 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The popular program for ages 2-5 continues year-round and has some unique themes coming up, including Everybody Poops Sept. 14, ...

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Get your children outside this summer

June 24, 2016
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If you’re looking for something educational to occupy your children’s time this summer, look no further than the Dickinson County Nature Center. Free youth programming is held each week at the nature center in Okoboji — Nature Tots for ages 2-5, Nature Explorers for ages 6-9 and Young Naturalists for ages ...

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Young Naturalists and Nature Explorers begin in June

May 27, 2016
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If you were lost in the woods, would you know how to start a fire, how to build a shelter, how to find water? If your 10- to 12-year-old participates in this summer’s Young Naturalists program at the Dickinson County Nature Center, they will know how to do all of these ...

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Nature Playtime for Tots kicks off 2016 season Jan. 13

January 8, 2016
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Photo of a toddler girl squatting in the prairie

Exploring is so much fun. Free educational entertainment for toddlers is almost non-existent in today’s era, at least outside of the television set. However, that’s exactly what the Dickinson County Nature Center offers with its monthly Nature Playtime for Tots program. Fun and learning come together as the 2016 season begins 10:30 ...

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