Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, programs are cancelled for the foreseeable future. We will try to keep this page and social media updated, but please e-mail naturecenter@co.dickinson.ia.us to check the status of any program you are unsure about.



2020 program schedule

Special events

Earth Day Celebration - Join us on Facebook Live
April 17

Online question-and-answer with our naturalists!

Warbler Walk - CANCELLED
8 a.m. May 9

Part of the regional Wings & Wetlands Weekend, the annual Warbler Walk meets at the Marble Lake boat ramp and goes through Kettleson Hogsback to see migrating warbler species.

Spirit Lake Massacre caravan tour - CANCELLED
10 a.m. June 9 or 13

Visit sites from the Spirit Lake Massacre. Maximum of five cars per tour, so call 712-336-6352 to pre-register.

10-Year Anniversary Celebration - CANCELLED
10 a.m.-noon June 27

The Dickinson County Nature Center opened in June 2010. Celebrate 10 years of success and growth!

Dee's Bee & Butterfly Festival
4-8 p.m. Sept. 4

Dickinson County Conservation's largest event of the year celebrates pollinators with butterfly tagging, crafts, activities, entertainment and more!

Family Glow Walk - CANCELLED
6:30 p.m. Oct. 3

A partnership with the Pearson Lakes Art Center and Bedell Family YMCA, the Family Glow Walk takes you on the paved trails outside the nature center and through a glowing room inside.

Run the Bend 5K - CANCELLED
11 a.m. Oct. 17

Go on a cross country run through Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area. Register online prior to the event or the day of.

Howlin' Halloween - CANCELLED
4 p.m. Oct. 30

Bring the kids to the nature center for holiday fun and trick or treating inside!

Storytime with a Naturalist
Stories, Songs & Games at Westport Schoolhouse
No School Day Camps
Summer camps
Nature Tots
Nature Explorers
Family Nature Night
Birding on the Green
Adult Kayaking


  1. Cyndee Dather on May 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Please register my grandson Kellen Proctor, who is 2 1/2 for 10:30 AM. The following dates for Nature Tots:
    – June 14
    – July 12
    – Aug 9
    – Sept 13
    – Oct 11
    – Nov 8
    – Dec 13
    Thanks Cyndee Dather

    • kiley on May 23, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Please call 712-336-6352 to register. We will put you on the June and July list. The August date is full, so we will need your phone number to put you on the waiting list. As of right now we are only taking reservations through August. Thank you!