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Celebrate the grand opening of Pollinator Paradise

The Dickinson County Nature Center is gearing up for the grand opening of Pollinator Paradise Saturday, Nov. 16. “The all-new children’s museum-quality exhibits arrive from the fabricators beginning Nov. 11, and then we will be able to present everything to the public,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator. “We saw the exhibits in process during…

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The amazing blue orchard mason bee

Photo of a blue orchard mason bee

Do you love fruit? Then you love the blue orchard mason bee. Blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria) are part of a family of bees that are solitary — meaning they live and breed individually instead of socially in a hive, like honeybees — and use clay to make partitions to their nests and to…

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Pollinator Paradise grand opening set for Nov. 16

Photo of milkweed beetle in exhibit

A life-size apple orchard, a food truck and fajita cart, a touchscreen pollinator habitat game — new children’s museum-quality exhibits are coming to Pollinator Paradise. The grand opening of the Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji is set for Saturday, Nov. 16. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10…

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Some insects use a proboscis to drink

Photo of milkweed beetle in exhibit

In the Build a Pollinator exhibit inside Pollinator Paradise at the Dickinson County Nature Center, one item that you get to put on your pollinator is a proboscis. Many insects have a proboscis, which is a type of mouthpart that is basically a tube to help the insect suck up nectar. You might have seen…

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Pollinator myths and misconceptions

Pollinators are a huge topic of conversation in conservation today, and that’s why we have added the Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center. As we enter into discussions about pollinators, we hear a lot of myths and misconceptions. Let’s take a look at a few. 1. I don’t want bees in the…

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Pollinator Paradise features crawl-through honeycomb

The Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County received a $10,000 grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund in September 2017 to help create exhibits inside the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. This grant was paired with other private donations to the project to complete the first of many children’s…

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Help fund family fun at Pollinator Paradise

Photo of stonework completed on construction project

We love pollinators at the Dickinson County Nature Center. And we want to share that love with you. That’s why the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County is continuing to raise funds to complete the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the nature center in Okoboji. (See construction updates here.) Construction began on the $1.7 million addition…

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Photo of a chrysalis about to hatch

Gingerly. Gently. My face tightened up as I concentrated on being careful with the fragile chrysalis clinging to the toothpick in my hand. At Pollinator Paradise, we rear monarchs from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult. When they hatch, they are so tiny it’s almost impossible to see their vibrant black, white and yellow…

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