It’s Baby Season in Nature

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 days get longer, mommas have Read More »

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Parks to Enjoy During Free Fishing Weekend

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 to test your luck fishing. Read More »

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Uses of Milkweed

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

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 it for food and for Read More »

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Monarch Caterpillar Craft

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 1: To make the yellow Read More »

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

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 will live up to eight Read More »

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How to Grow Milkweed

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 during the winter, and then Read More »

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What is Milkweed and Why is it Important?

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 a lot of guesswork when Read More »

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Earth Day 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 are more than 190 countries Read More »

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Prescribed Burns on the Prairie

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 tend to be weather dependant. Read More »

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What makes a Species Invasive?

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 learn about it today. To Read More »

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