Free kids programming this summer at the nature center

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Animals, mud, flowers and wildfire — learn about a variety of nature topics and explore the outdoors during free kids programs this summer at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.

The ever-popular Nature Tots program, for ages 2-5, expands in June, July and August with three programs the second Wednesday of each month. Choose from a 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. time slot.

“Our Nature Tots program is one of my favorite programs,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. “This program allows parents to engage with their children outdoors while learning about the environment around them.”

Each month has a different theme, and the summer Nature Tots themes will be Summer Solstice, Prairie Colors and Raindrops in the Clouds. Toddlers and guardians will spend time exploring the outdoors, playing games, making crafts and learning about nature.

Elementary-aged students can take part in Nature Explorers classes 10:30 a.m. June 13 and 27, July 11 and Aug. 8. Themes include FIRE!, Be Nature Aware, Animal Ambassadors: Behind the Scenes and Let’s Get Muddy. Be sure to wear old clothes for the Aug. 8 mud program.

“Mud programs are one of my favorites, because it is so fun to see kids let loose and enjoy getting dirty,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator. “The smiles on kids’ faces are just the best. We’ve done mud programs with Nature Tots, and this summer the older kids get a turn. I can’t wait.”

Nature Tots and Nature Explorers are free programs and last approximately one hour each. Guardians need to stay with toddlers during Nature Tots, but Nature Explorers can be dropped off and picked up at the end of the program.

Call 712-336-6352 to pre-register for summer programs at the Dickinson County Nature Center, as each program is limited at 25 participants.

For more information about year-round programs for all ages at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, visit our programs page. You can also keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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