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Coyotes in Iowa

December 7, 2020

Coyote’s original natural habitat was around the Great Plains but has continually grown. Being native to the great plains, it wouldn’t have been uncommon for there to be coyotes who wandered into Iowa as it’s very close and Iowa was once full of prairie grasses which are also good for…

Best Beaver Puppet

December 2, 2020

Since the beaver is our animal of the week, our craft is a beaver puppet! It’s super easy and only takes a few items. Supplies you will need: Paper bag Construction paper white black brown tan Glue Scissors Step 1: When using paper bags, I always cut the bottom off.…

5 Cool Things about Iowa’s Beavers

November 30, 2020

Beavers in Iowa are native to Iowa and has recovered since the 1800s when they were extirpated due to the fur trade. Here are 5 cool facts about beavers for you to share with anyone and everyone. Their teeth are self-sharpening and continuously grow Their teeth grow for the entire…

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

November 27, 2020

Check out our Holiday Gift Guide to find gifts for everyone on your list. We’re very excited to share some of the items from our gift shop. While the Nature Center is free to enter and explore, we always appreciate donations and purchases from our gift shop. The proceeds help…

Finger Puppet Turkey

November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you need something to do between meals, here’s a quick and fun craft you can do! Stuff you’ll need: Construction paper: brown, orange, yellow, red, and whatever colors you want for the tail feathers Glue Scissors Goggly eyes Tape Step 1: Cut a piece of the…

Turkey Day is Almost Upon Us

November 23, 2020

Since Thanksgiving Day is almost here, I thought it would be fun to look at the history of Thanksgiving and how turkeys became the focal point. Every year for Thanksgiving, there are around 46 million turkeys eaten across the U.S. But how did this come to be? Why do we…

The Heart of the Red Fox Craft

November 18, 2020

I found the cutest fox craft on Pinterest this week. It’s made out of hearts and is very easy and fun.   The only things you need are: Orange, white, and black paper Scissors Glue Pencil This craft is made out of hearts and few circles. It’s really easy so…

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The Red Fox in Iowa

November 16, 2020

In Iowa, we have two species of fox, the gray fox and the more common red fox. The red fox is the one commonly seen in cartoons as the bad guy, but they are actually pretty cool.   What do they eat? Red foxes live in many types of habitats…

Make your own Trumpeter Swan

November 11, 2020

This weeks craft will show you how to make your very own swan from only a few items. If you read the blog post all about the trumpeter swans from earlier this week, why not make one. The weather is getting pretty cold so coming to the Nature Center to…

Trumpeter Swans in Iowa

November 9, 2020

Swans have historically represented nobility, grace and the like and with their history of being owned by royalty or nobility, many people in Europe wouldn’t think twice about eating a swan. That was a delicacy reserved for royalty at Christmas feasts. Here in Iowa, the last nesting pair of trumpeter…

Family Nature Night: A You Choose Storybook Adventure

November 6, 2020

Do you like to pick your own adventure? What would you choose if you had the choice between following an owl down a trail or over a wall? Would you ask an owl a question? You can make the decision on Friday Nov. 20 at the You Choose Storybook Walk…

Chipmunk Puppet

November 4, 2020

Since the Chipmunk is our animal of the week, our craft for the week features them as well! In this post, learn how to make a chipmunk puppet out of a paper lunch bag.       The supplies you will need include: A paper bag Cardstock or construction paper…

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