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Head Outside to Celebrate the Holidays This Fall and Winter
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Head Outside to Celebrate the Holidays This Fall and Winter

With the beautiful fall weather, Iowa has been graced with this year, plenty of people have stopped into the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, while out hiking the trails.

“Enjoy the warm weather while it’s here,” they say.

While I’m not against enjoying the warm weather by heading outside, I don’t want people to forget that it’s also fun to head outside even when the temperatures drop.

That’s why the Hike the Wild series at the nature center in Okoboji continues each month, even through the winter.

The final installments of the monthly Hike the Wild series at the nature center turned seasonal in November and December with the Turkey Trot 3 p.m. Nov. 23 and the Winter Solstice Hike 3 p.m. Dec. 22.

“Getting people outside in all seasons is my favorite,” said naturalist Charles Vigdal.

As family comes into town for the Thanksgiving holiday and children get off school, gather everyone up and head over to the Dickinson County Nature Center for an approximately 40-minute easy hike through Kenue Park Nov. 23. While traipsing from the prairie, over the glacial kame and through the oak savanna, learn all about turkeys from Dickinson County naturalists.

“This is a good one for adults and children,” Vigdal said. “Grandparents can bring their grandchildren and kids can bring their grandparents.”

You will learn where to find turkeys, what they eat, how they build their nests, what differentiates a turkey from other avian species and “hopefully we’ll find ourselves a turkey,” Vigdal said.

The naturalists enjoy the opportunity to have multiple generations come together for this hike, and they have fun getting people outdoors as the weather cools down. Make sure to dress for the weather, including snow if it is a possibility, and wear tennis shoes or boots.

After the hike, come back to the nature center to make a craft and have a snack.

“This hike always has a great response,” said community relations coordinator Kiley Roth. “It is a lot of fun to get out, explore and get in a little exercise before sitting down for a large Thanksgiving dinner. Two years ago it was snowing for the Turkey Trot, and we still had a ton of fun.”

For more information on Hike the Wild and year-round programming at the Dickinson County Nature Center, visit our website or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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