The Nature Center is open, Tuesday - Saturday 10-4. 

Dickinson County

Nature Center

See an ornate box turtle, red-eared sliders, a bearded dragon, hissing cockroaches, an anole, salamanders, toads, a hedgehog, snakes, a tarantula, and more!

Topography sandbox

NEW for 2023! The augmented reality sandbox from Breeze Creative is a great way to learn about topography. We have 5 themes; Ocean, Safari, Fossils, Dinosaurs & Bugs.

Wallace collection

Other than the Smithsonian Museum, the Dickinson County Nature Center is the only public entity with rights to photos from Alfred R. Wallace's collection, found in an antique cabinet by an Okoboji native.

osprey pics2023 DeNeitt Vandenbroeke male.female

April-September watch the osprey nest and how they interact raising their chicks in Kenue Park. Also, keep an eye on the pond. There are trumpeter swans that live in Kenue Park year-round.

Kids Play area

Follow a trail of moon boots and stars, jump on the moon, view lighted constellations, play with nocturnal animals and create constellations on a magnet board!

pollinator paradise room

Interactive, children's museum quality exhibits include a life-size apple orchard with blossoms you can pollinate, a play food truck, a human-sized honeycomb climber and so much more!

Explore Nature tshirt

Nature Store

Find unique gifts such as honey sticks, Explore Nature T-shirts, stuffed animals, pollinator costumes and more in the Nature Store! Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County members receive 10 percent off purchases.

Girl doing a water experiment

Public programs

In addition to free admission, nature center educators also provide free programming year-round to the public.

Outside the center

In addition to the wonderful educational opportunities inside the Dickinson County Nature Center, Kenue Park also features geocaching, mowed trails through the prairie and around the wetland that is home to two rehabilitated trumpeter swans, an 18-hole professional level disc golf course, a fantastic Nature Playscape and paved trails that are a part of the Dickinson County Trails system.

Map of Kenue Park

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