The Dickinson County Nature Center is closed to the public for the foreseeable future, and all programs are cancelled at least through April. We will update with any changes as they occur!

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Asteroid, meteor, comet — what does these mean?

Did you know that April is Global Astronomy Month? When you look into the night sky, you can only see a small taste of what is actually out there. Stars, black holes, galaxies, comets, asteroids, meteors. However, sometimes that world of astronomy can get confusing quick. So we decided it would be wise to define…

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Five activities to do at Westport Park

Westport Park, located in the southwest corner of Dickinson County, is a little hidden gem for those looking to spend some time outdoors. Let’s take a look at five activities you can do at one of the county’s pristine parks: Fish Westport Park was once home to a state record bass. Even if you don’t…

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Snake pendulum

It just takes a couple of supplies you have around the house to create a new decoration for your room — a snake pendulum! You’ll need: A paper plate Crayons Scissors String Color both sides of your paper plate. Cut around and around from the edge of the paper plate to the center, from what…

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Garter snakes of Iowa

Iowa has 28 different species of snakes, including four venomous species. (Read about the venomous snakes of Iowa here.) Most people are familiar with the garter snake, a common type of non-venomous snake, which are harmless to humans. Let’s take a look at the two kinds of garter snakes that are native to Iowa: Plains…

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