If you want to learn how to grow milkweed seeds, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn how best to get your milkweed growing. Much like any other plant native to the Midwest, they go to seed in the fall, are exposed to cold and damp weather during the winter, and then Read More »

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With spring around the corner, butterflies are on the brain. Here is another easy way to make a butterfly. Supplies: A square piece of paper Scissors Stapler or yarn/string I chose orange paper to make it look more like a monarch to go along with our milkweed series. Step 1: If your piece of paper Read More »

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If you talk to anyone who knows about butterflies, especially the Monarch butterfly, they will tell you to plant more milkweed. With over 100 species of milkweed in North America, it’s hard to figure out exactly which ones to plant, when to plant them and where to plant them. There’s a lot of guesswork when Read More »

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Our craft of the week is a butterfly in hopes spring will continue to warm up. This butterfly is one that caught my eye on Pinterest because it looked quite simple to make so I’m going to share how you make it.   Supplies: Paper of any color you like Pencil Scissors Compass/paper clip Stapler Read More »

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The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. After 51 years, Earth Day has become commonplace. It’s a great day to talk about nature during the school day and it’s a big day for anyone who wants to get involved in anything nature-related. As of this year, there are more than 190 countries Read More »

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Many people drove past the Nature Center today to find out what the big smoke cloud was. Which was understandable because it was huge! It was our guys performing a prescribed burn on a section of our prairie grass. Prescribed burns are done every 3 to 5 years but also tend to be weather dependant. Read More »

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While we tend to focus on wildflowers, especially the early blooming ones, we should also remember what is invasive. This early in the year, many of the plants that are green would be considered invasive species. But what makes them invasive and how did they get here? We’re going to learn about it today. To Read More »

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The craft for this week is relatively easy and a little educational. Our blog post earlier this week featured the parts of a flower and what they all do while also talking about the ephemeral flowers that pop up first in the spring. This craft draws on that theme as well. Today, we get to Read More »

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The Judd Wildlife Area is one of the many county areas the Conservation Board owns and manages. Just south of Horseshoe Bend in Milford, this tract of land varies wildly. The top part is a beautiful prairie. As you walk through the prairie towards the back of the park, you can smell the evergreens on Read More »

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As April showers bring May flowers, I wanted to do a series on Iowa’s wildflowers. To start this series, I thought it would be a good idea to start with the basics of what a flower is and what the first flowers to bloom are. To start, we’ll break down the parts of a flower. Read More »

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