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…

How Chipmunks Survive Winter

November 2, 2020

Chipmunks are abundant creatures in the summer but where do they go once fall and winter finally come around? During the fall, they prepare for hibernation. Well, kind of. They gather food to store for the winter. Some species keep the food in their burrows, but others don’t. Chipmunks eat…

Spider with Web Craft

October 28, 2020

As Halloween is coming up, I was looking for a fun craft that could also be a decoration. On Pinterest, I found a Spider with a Web craft and it just so happens to go with meeting Pinki our Tarantula on social media this week. You will need: Scissors Hole…

Conservationists who were Important to Iowa: Louis H. Pammel

October 26, 2020

While Louis H. Pammel wasn’t born in Iowa, he became a huge part of Iowa history. Pammel was born in Wisconsin in 1862 where he stayed to attend the University of Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin. He trained under…

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

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…

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