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 »

Draw a Flower Craft

April 7, 2021

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 Read More »

Spring in Judd Wildlife Area

April 7, 2021

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 Read More »

Beginning of Spring Flowers

April 5, 2021

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 Read More »

Spring 2021 Photography Contest

April 2, 2021

  While nature became a safe haven during Covid, some people may have decided to take more photos than before. Were you someone who picked up nature photography during the pandemic? Enter up to three of your photos into our photography contest. Your photos will be displayed on the photography Read More »

Eastern Meadowlark Bird Craft

March 31, 2021

Have you ever wanted your very own singing bird? Bird songs are so beautiful but with this craft, you only get the pretty bird. We can’t make him sing but it should be a fun craft for everyone to do.   Supplies: Brown, yellow, black paper Scissors Glue stick Stapler Read More »

Eastern meadowlark by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region is marked with CC PDM 1.0

The Battle of the Meadowlarks

March 30, 2021

The Western Meadowlark and the Eastern Meadowlark look very similar but in Dickinson County, the Eastern Meadowlark is more common. As a very amateur birder, it’s very hard for me to tell the difference between the Eastern and Western Meadowlarks. Even looking at The Cornell Lab All About Birds pages Read More »

Raindrop Suncatcher

March 24, 2021

Since the first day of spring was over the weekend our blog of the week was about traditions of spring and what says spring more than rain? So our craft of the week is a raindrop suncatcher. This craft is a little more involved and requires some help from parents Read More »

First Day of Spring Traditions

March 23, 2021

Spring is the season of growth and regeneration and the hours of sunlight get longer. Some people celebrate the spring equinox and every country celebrates it differently. Here in the United States, most people celebrate Easter in one form or another. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are always a Read More »

Blanding’s Turtle Craft

March 17, 2021

The Blanding’s Turtle is an endangered species of Iowa. This means it is illegal to take them out of the wild. But these turtles are pretty dang cute and you can make your own. It’s really easy and fun because you get to decorate it however you want.   Supplies: Read More »

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