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Register for the Run the Bend 5K

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Welcome autumn with a beautiful cross country race through Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area during the second annual Run the Bend 5K. “Last year, it snowed during our November date, so we decided to move the hike earlier so we could embrace autumn a little more,” said Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator. “Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area…

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Lodge and shelter under construction in Kenue Park

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Construction is progressing quickly on the new lodge and open-air shelter in Kenue Park in Okoboji. Asbestos was removed from the former County Home building previously on the site, and it was demolished in 2018. “We researched renovating the former County Home building, but it wasn’t financially responsible, so the Dickinson County Conservation Board decided…

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7 reasons why the IRVM program is important to Dickinson County

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Iowa was one of the first states to establish an Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program. Since its inception in the 1970s, more than 50,000 acres of federal, state, county and city roadsides have been planted to native grasses and wildflowers. (Read about the state program here.) Dickinson County began its IRVM program in 2015, and…

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Squirreling away nuts for winter

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During the autumn season, you’ll see acorns and other nuts falling from trees as the trees get ready to go dormant — basically, sleep — during the winter. Many animals take advantage of this time and gather those nuts to eat during the winter, and you’ve most likely seen plenty of squirrels running around with…

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Going Bonkers for Bats at Family Nature Night

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The Dickinson County Nature Center is Bonkers for Bats. So it’s a fitting theme for the next Family Nature Night 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at its Okoboji location. “I like bats,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. “I think it’s important to inform people about the ecosystem services they perform, because they’re all insectivores…

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Monarchs and tachinid flies

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A monarch butterfly chrysalis is usually a brilliant color spotted with golden dots. However, sometimes something goes wrong — and one day, we spotted a chrysalis that was beginning to turn brown. At the bottom of the container that the chrysalis was in inside of our monarch enclosure in Pollinator Paradise were three brown, egg-shaped…

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Bee pencil topper

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All kids use pencils at school, but many times those pencils are plain yellow and don’t allow for much inspiration. We took pencils to the next level with our bee pencil toppers at the 2019 Bee & Butterfly Festival, and now you can make your own. Simply click here to download a free PDF template…

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Nature center now open Saturdays

The Dickinson County Nature Center is now open Saturdays, year-round. Instead of returning to its previous schedule of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Labor Day-Memorial Day, the Dickinson County Nature Center will now remain open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday year-round. “We have had requests from visitors to have a weekend day open to…

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Get glowing with the Family Glow Walk

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Get ready for a glowing good time during the third annual Family Glow Walk 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The Dickinson County Conservation Board, Pearson Lakes Art Center and YMCA of the Okobojis join together once again to put on this fun-filled family event in Okoboji. “I get excited to be able to partner with…

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