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Learn Outdoor Skills at Family Nature Night in Okoboji
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Learn Outdoor Skills at Family Nature Night in Okoboji

A child holds onto the fishing line and smiles as her perch twirls around.

A dad helps his son put a marshmallow on a sharpened stick to roast over an open fire.

A teenager helps his grandma hold a disc golf disc and throw it to the nearest basket.

Family moments. Family memories.

The Dickinson County Nature Center hopes to create fun family times such as these with its monthly Family Nature Night programs 6 p.m. June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14 in Okoboji.

This is the second year of Family Nature Night programs, and we’re excited to offer some enjoyable recreational opportunities such as fishing, camping, and disc golf,” said community relations coordinator Kiley Roth. “Not only will families have fun together, but they will learn skills they can take with them to create even more memories in the future.”

The first Family Nature Night will take place Monday, June 12, at the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery. Families of all ages will get to fish in the outdoor ponds and will learn how to bait a hook and tie a lure. In between casts, challenge your family members to a competition to see who can secure his or her life jacket fastest or make a handprint fish craft to take home.

The free program lasts about an hour,” Roth said. “From baiting hooks to catching fish to crafts and friendly competition, the event will be packed with family activities.”

The second installment in the Family Nature Night series will be held Monday, July 10, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji and will have a camping theme. Learn how to put up a tent and then compete against other families to see who can accomplish the task in the shortest amount of time. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores, and then gather with the entire group for a sing-along and campfire stories.

Family Nature Nights will culminate with a Disc Golf Challenge Monday, Aug. 14, at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course in Kenue Park, which is also home to the Dickinson County Nature Center. Learn basic disc golf throws and rules of the game, then try your hand at the fast-growing sport on the 18-hole professional level disc golf course.

We just want families to see how much fun they can have together outside,” Roth said. “We are always striving to foster an appreciation of the natural world in our program participants and visitors, and we think Family Nature Night is a great way to get people outside, learning and making lasting memories.”

For more information on Family Nature Night or other year-round Dickinson County Conservation Board programming, call 712-336-6352 or visit our website. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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