Free family fun in Okoboji!
There’s nothing better than that!
“We’re going to be encouraging families to get out at night, in winter, to enjoy the prairie and oak savanna in Kenue Park,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator at the nature center.
Family Nature Night will begin at 7 p.m. with an astronomy talk in the outdoor amphitheater. Learn about seasonal constellations and other celestial happenings during the approximately half-hour presentation for all ages.
At 7:30 p.m., naturalists will lead a night hike to talk about the different ecosystems in Kenue Park, and then everyone will meet back near the amphitheater to make s’mores around bonfires and to participate in fun, outdoor activities like squirt bottle painting. Participants can also take a self-guided candlelit hike to through the prairie to complete a scavenger hunt of items that are out of place to conclude the beautiful evening outdoors.
“I hope people leave having had a positive outdoor experience,” Kuhlman said, adding to make sure to bundle up and wear outdoor-appropriate clothing.
This Family Nature Night is the first in the new monthly series in 2019 that offers free family fun one Friday night each month.
“Our summer Nature at Night series was really successful in 2018, and people seemed to enjoy it as well as our special St. Patrick’s Day event, so we thought it would be fun to offer something for families year-round,” Kuhlman said.
Pre-registration is encouraged for Family Nature Night so that enough materials are available for all participants, so please call 712-336-6352 to sign up.
Family Nature Night will be held 7 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month except for the March event, which will be held the third Friday of the month to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The full schedule of program themes can be found at our programs page.
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