It’s Baby Season in Nature

June 11, 2021

If you haven’t noticed any tiny animals out and about, keep an eye out because it’s the baby season in nature. Spring and summer are the perfect time for animals to have their babies for many reasons so let’s explore them! The days get longer during the spring! Once the Read More »

Parks to Enjoy During Free Fishing Weekend

June 3, 2021

If you’re looking for a place that isn’t one of our 5 giant lakes to enjoy free fishing weekend June 4 -6, 2021, check out some of our county parks that boast public fishing access. Westport Park Westport Park found at 1175 230th street in Everly is a great place Read More »

"Asclepias syriaca, Common Milkweed" by David Illig is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Uses of Milkweed

May 25, 2021

We are going to preface this article by saying, Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, does contain a mild poison and should only be eaten and used when properly prepared. Common milkweed is native to many areas of the midwest and it’s not surprising people found uses for it. Native Americans used Read More »

Monarch Caterpillar Craft

May 19, 2021

Since we learned about when the monarch butterflies are going to start making their way back, I thought a monarch caterpillar craft would be appropriate for this week. Let’s jump right in!   Supplies: Construction Paper – Yellow, green, black Glue stick Scissors Hole Punch Googly eyes Crayons   Step Read More »

When will the Monarch’s be back and laying eggs?

May 17, 2021

One of the most frequent questions we get at the Nature Center is “When will we see Monarchs again?” Today, we will answer that question in the classic nature fashion of guesstimates. When monarchs migrate to Mexico in the fall, the butterflies that make it are a super generation that Read More »

How to Grow Milkweed

May 10, 2021

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 Read More »

Easy Origami Butterfly Craft

May 5, 2021

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: Read More »

What is Milkweed and Why is it Important?

May 3, 2021

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 Read More »

A Simple Butterfly

April 29, 2021

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 Read More »

Earth Day 2021

April 19, 2021

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 Read More »

Prescribed Burns on the Prairie

April 16, 2021

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 Read More »

What makes a Species Invasive?

April 14, 2021

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 Read More »

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