Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Holiday Gift Guide

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 us do what we do Read More »

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Trumpeter Swans in Iowa

trumpeter swans on lake

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 swans were documented in 1883. Read More »

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Noxious weed policy 2020

Dickinson County weed commissioner Douglas Todey has released the 2020 noxious weed policy. The policy was approved by the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday, April 14. “…each owner and each person in the possession or control of any lands in Dickinson County shall cut, burn, or otherwise control all noxious weeds Read More »

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Adopt-a-Roadside program begins

person throwing old tire

Enjoy time outside and give back to the community with a new Adopt-a-Roadside program beginning through Dickinson County Conservation. “I basically saw litter being an issue in the roadsides during work the last few years, and I think this is a good way to get groups of people involved in the environment,” said Douglas Todey, Read More »

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CFDC receives $9,000 grant for Pollinator Paradise

child playing at Nature Center

The Dickinson County Endowment Fund awarded the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County a grant for $9,000 in September 2019. The grant was utilized to purchase the Build a Pollinator exhibit in the new Pollinator Paradise addition to the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “We’re so thankful for the grants the endowment fund gave to Read More »

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DCCB wins award for Outstanding Website

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  Dickinson County Conservation Board won an award for outstanding website during the Iowa Tourism Conference Tuesday, March 3. “It is an honor to have our website selected as the winner for rural areas in the state, because we put a lot of effort into the design, content and functionality of our website,” said Kiley Read More »

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Friday night is family night!

families outside looking at a telescope

Spend Friday evenings as a family at the Dickinson County Nature Center’s monthly Family Nature Night. Environmental educators have plenty of fun planned for the next two Family Nature Nights 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and March 27. The February program’s theme is Leap Into Nature — in honor of Leap Day the following day Read More »

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No School Day camp registration opens Feb. 1

a child petting a bunny at a DCNC program

Learning doesn’t have to stop just because there is no school. No School Day Camp will be held two days in March at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji — 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, for Okoboji Elementary School and Monday, March 16, for Spirit Lake Elementary. Elementary-aged students from outside of these Read More »

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Nature Tots continues in 2020

child putting item on felt board

Nature stories, live animals, outdoor play — Nature Tots is a hit program at the Dickinson County Nature Center that will return Jan. 8 for the 2020 season. “I think this program has been so well attended because it offers activities families can do together,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator. “It also gives families Read More »

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