New Community Relations Coordinator

October 23, 2020

When asked where she’s from, Daria Mather has a hard time answering that question. In third grade she moved from Des Moines, IA to Peoria, IL where she lived until coming back to Iowa for college at Simpson College in Indianola, IA. She always felt like she would end up…

How Do Chickadees Survive Winter?

October 21, 2020

The Black-capped Chickadee is one of the most common birds in the northern half of North American meaning you have probably seen one or many in your backyard. Since these birds are so common, you might have noticed they’re still around eating from birdfeeders. But shouldn’t they be migrating by…

Conservationists from Iowa: John F. Lacey

October 19, 2020

While we don’t have an animal ambassador named after John Lacey, he was still an important conservation figure who hailed from Iowa. Lacey was born in 1841 in West Virginia. It wasn’t until 1855 his family moved to Iowa. They settled on the Des Moines River near Oskaloosa, IA. Here…

Bee and Butterfly Festival 2020

August 17, 2020

The Dickinson County Nature Center is excited to announce that Dee’s Bee & Butterfly Festival is set for September. “Although this year will not be the same as previous years, I am excited to keep the tradition of celebrating our pollinators alive through this modified event,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental…

Community Relations Coordinator Job Opening

August 11, 2020

Community Relations Coordinator Job Description To Apply Email cover letter and resume to Lee Sorenson at lsorenson@co.dickinson.ia.us.

Family Nature Night – Geocaching

July 17, 2020

  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…

Photo of first instar monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar instars

June 17, 2020

After hatching from an egg, monarch caterpillars live about 10-14 days. (Read about the monarch butterfly life cycle here) However, a lot happens in that time. The larval stage of a monarch is called a caterpillar. When the caterpillar first hatches, it is 2-6 mm long. As it grows, it…

Photo of a clouded sulphur butterfly

6 clouded sulphur butterfly facts

June 15, 2020

A pretty yellow butterfly that flits around from flower to flower. It’s so delicate that it barely seems like it’s real. However, the clouded sulphur butterfly (Colias philodice) is one of the most common butterflies in the state of Iowa. Let’s take a look at some of the neat facts…

Photo of handprint butterfly

Handprint butterfly

June 15, 2020

Butterflies flitting to and fro — it’s the epitomy of spring and summer. Their colors are bright — yellow, orange, red. They land on bright flowers and create a perfect vision. You’ve seen butterfly craft after butterfly craft, but we want to offer yet another. All this one takes is…

Photo of black walnut tree

Trees of Dickinson County: Black Walnut

June 10, 2020

Black walnut trees (Juglans nigra) are probably best known for two things — their seed and their wood. Although not as commonly eaten as an English walnut, what you would find in a grocery store, black walnuts can also be eaten if harvested, processed and stored correctly. They have an…

Photo of young Bindi Irwin

Animal ambassador conservationists: Bindi Irwin

June 8, 2020

Bindi, the nature center’s mini rex rabbit animal ambassador, is named after Bindi Irwin, daughter of Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin grew up loving animals in his home of Australia, and his family ran the Beerwah Reptile Park — later called the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park — in Beerwah, Queensland.…

Photo of bobblehead bunny

Bobblehead bunny

June 8, 2020

Bindi the bunny hardly ever sits still. The Dickinson County Nature Center animal ambassador likes to chew and play, and if you do catch her lying down she will immediately get up and bound around her enclosure. So it seemed appropriate to have a craft that also doesn’t sit still…

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