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Check out Okoboji’s premier disc golf course

Pink, bright yellow, red — the colors in Kenue Park aren’t just from wildflowers. Disc golfers toss discs in all kinds of fluorescent shades through the 18-hole Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course that winds through the 75-acre park in Okoboji. “We’ve had disc golfers come from as far away as Canada and Texas to play…

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Brooks Golf will remain a golf course

Aerial photo of wetland

Brooks Golf will remain a golf course. The Dickinson County Conservation Board voted to keep Brooks Golf as a golf course and to send out a request for proposals to lease the course to a management company beginning in 2020. The current lease contract with Brooks Management LLC runs through 2019. Dickinson County Conservation Board…

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View live trumpeter swans in Kenue Park

Photo of a swan in front of the Dickinson County Nature Center

An eight-foot wingspan, long legs and a graceful neck — the trumpeter swans in Kenue Park are a lovely sight. The two rehabilitated trumpeter swans live year-round on the wetland viewable from the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. “We have both a male and female trumpeter swan on our wetland, and they are flightless…

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Thank you for the Brooks Golf public input

The Dickinson County Conservation Board would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who attended the public meeting regarding Brooks Golf on Wednesday and to those who have submitted written comments. No decision will be made regarding the future of the 230 acres until at least the conservation board’s July meeting. We will…

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Test your prehistoric hunting abilities during Family Nature Night

Photo of youth throwing spear with atlatl

Atlatl is an odd word. This ancient spear-throwing tool was used by prehistoric peoples in Iowa to achieve greater velocity when hunting with spears. It’s probably not something you’ve seen, or even heard of, but you can try your hand at using one during Family Nature Night 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Dickinson…

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Westport Schoolhouse opens for 2019 season

Slates, kerosene lamps, desks arranged by grade — step inside the Westport Schoolhouse and step back in time. The Westport Schoolhouse opens for the season Tuesday, June 11, in Kenue Park in Okoboji. Tour the last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Dickinson County 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through August. “Volunteers love getting to show families…

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Free kids programming this summer at the nature center

Photo of kids touching an alligator skull

Animals, mud, flowers and wildfire — learn about a variety of nature topics and explore the outdoors during free kids programs this summer at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The ever-popular Nature Tots program, for ages 2-5, expands in June, July and August with three programs the second Wednesday of each month. Choose…

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Abbie Gardner Cabin & Museum opens for the season Memorial Day weekend

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A small log cabin sits near Pillsbury Point, along the shore of West Lake Okoboji. “With inexpressible sadness I now recall some of the scenes and events that transpired in that humble but happy home…” Abbie Gardner Sharp wrote in “History of the Spirit Lake Massacre.” Her sister reading aloud to the family. Her father…

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Dickinson County Endowment Fund grants help fund exhibit fabrication

Graphic of amazing apples exhibit

The Pollinator Paradise addition at the Dickinson County Nature Center is continuing to move forward thanks to a grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund. The Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County received a $10,000 grant from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund in September 2018 to help create exhibits inside the new Pollinator Paradise addition to…

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Birding on the Green begins in May

People looking through binoculars

Brooks Golf is the perfect place to get out and enjoy nature, and it goes beyond just golf. Dickinson County Conservation also hosts its monthly Birding on Green series on the public course each summer. “People are intrigued by Birding on the Green because they don’t always view a golf course as good habitat, but…

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