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Pollinator Paradise: Hello flooring!

September 6, 2017
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Photo of subfloor

This morning was filled with thank-you notes written to our dedicated volunteers as well as those who made recent donations to the Pollinator Paradise addition of the Dickinson County Nature Center. Honestly, I sat at my desk long enough, scribbling away, that I hadn’t really paid much attention to what else ...

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#welovepollinators

August 9, 2017
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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, ...

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Pollinator Paradise: Good-bye porch

August 2, 2017
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Photo of building construction

I returned from vacation to quite a change outside the Dickinson County Nature Center. No porch on the north side of the building. Giant piles of dirt. A trench as tall as a person dug out of the ground. Progress is coming right along on Pollinator Paradise. When driving by, the north side ...

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Pollinator Paradise: Construction is underway

July 19, 2017
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Photo of construction on the nature center

Thud. Thud. Thud. Bang. Clang. We’re going to have to get used to a myriad of noises at the Dickinson County Nature Center as construction on the Pollinator Paradise addition begins. Poppema-Sikma Construction of Sheldon was awarded the bid for the construction portion of the $1.7 million project, and broke ground last week. So far,…

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Progress on Pollinator Paradise

July 12, 2017
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Photo of people holding shovels at groundbreaking

Construction on the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji is officially underway. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, July 11, at the nature center, and construction will continue through March 2018. Fundraising is ongoing for Phase 2 of the project, which will be completion of ...

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 13

June 9, 2017
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Photo of interior of country school

Beautiful script shows the names of students enrolled at Westport No. 5, and rows of Xs represent when they attended class. One’s mind wanders at the dates that don’t have an X. What were the kids doing that day? Were they sick? Did they have to stay home and help with ...

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open for the season June 14

May 27, 2016
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Country school teachers in the early 1900s lived a strict life. An actual set of rules for a country school teacher in 1915 included these parameters: You are not to keep company with men; you must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless at a school ...

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 9

June 5, 2015
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Photo of the teacher's desk and blackboard at the Westport School

Take a step into history and into paradise in Kenue Park starting Tuesday, June 9. The Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise in Okoboji’s Kenue Park, also home to the Dickinson County Nature Center, will both open for the season 10 a.m. June 9. Visitors to the Westport Schoolhouse will journey back in ...

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