The Dickinson County Nature Center is excited to host its first summer program of 2020 with Family Nature Night Friday, July 24.

The free family program will focus on geocaching, a global phenomenon in which users can hunt for specially hidden caches with GPS-enabled devices. Staff will give a short presentation on geocaching at 7 p.m. and then pre-registered families will set out to find four geocaches throughout Kenue Park.

“Geocaching is a great way to get families outside and enjoying the outdoors,” said naturalist Ashley Hansen.

Once families learn how to geocache, it is an activity that they can do anywhere they travel. The Iowa Great Lakes region alone has hundreds of geocaches to find.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Dickinson County Nature Center has moved most of its education to online venues, but the staff are looking forward to having people in Kenue Park for Family Nature Night.

“We have missed hosting programs and are excited to offer this program for our community,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman.

Participants are asked to bring a smartphone with the free Geocaching app downloaded prior to Family Nature Night. Anyone that does not have a smartphone may borrow a GPS unit, if previously arranged.

The program will be capped at six families, as groups will be asked to socially distance from each other. Staff will wear masks, but attendees are not required to wear them. To reserve your spot, please call 712-336-6352.

The Dickinson County Nature Center is currently closed to the public and will remain closed during Family Nature Night. Please bring water and use the restroom before the program.

For more information on Family Nature Night or to check out online educational blogs and programs, visit www.dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com or keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.