Many of the visitor groups to the Dickinson County Nature Center are families --- grandparents with their grandchildren, parents and kids, grandparents, parents and kids-- even grandparents, parents, children, cousins, aunts and uncles.
This summer, the nature center in Okoboji is starting a series of events just for families, whether it be two generations, three generations, or more. The monthly Family Nature Night is the perfect time for immediate and extended family members to make memories together.
Family Nature Night will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday, June 13, with the theme Gone Fishin’. Naturalists Mary Petersen and Charles Vigdal will talk about how to identify fish you can find in the Iowa Great Lakes, will discuss some fishing basics, and will talk about why fishing is important as well as fun.
Then families will get to explore different outdoor stations to learn about bait and lures, to practice knot-tying and to participate in casting contests.
“The goal is to learn the basics of fishing and get your family started in a fun new activity,” Petersen said.
The program series will continue 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, with a Bird Brains program. Learn about our avian friends and then participate in egg and spoon races, try to create a protective casing for the egg drop contest, and explore the nature playscape during a bird scavenger hunt.
Family Nature Night will end the summer season at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, with the Nature Center Challenge. Join with your family members to take on other families in this fun competition through Kenue Park.
Families with children of all ages are invited to these free, one-hour events which will feature some awesome prizes. People may bring a picnic dinner to eat during the first part of the program in the amphitheater and should also bring blankets to sit on as well as bug spray.
“I think these are great activities to do as a family,” Petersen said. “It’s fun, free and will help create memories your kids will have forever. It’s important to teach your kids to take time out to do nature-related activities in this fast-paced world.”
Petersen and Vigdal are hoping that Family Nature Night will be just the beginning, that these events will encourage families to find fun, outdoor activities to do together more than just one Monday per month.
For more information on Family Nature Night or other Dickinson County Nature Center programs, visit our website or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.