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Fun and Free: Summer Programming at the Dickinson County Nature Center Will Get Kids Outdoors
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Fun and Free: Summer Programming at the Dickinson County Nature Center Will Get Kids Outdoors

Look at your kids right now.

What are they doing?

Are their fingers tapping a phone or iPad screen? Are they absorbed in a TV show? Are they typing on their laptops?

We hope they’re outside playing!

The Dickinson County Nature Center’s goal with its free summer youth programming is simply to get kids outside. To show youth how much fun the outdoors is, we’ll expose them to a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

There’s a big world outside of our TV, computer and phone screens, and the Dickinson County Nature Center plans to show kids just how much fun it is.

From fishing to disc golf to geocaching, youth will experience ways they can enjoy the great outdoors.

 “At the Dickinson County Nature Center, we are excited to help kids outside exploring nature in a variety ways,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman. “We hope to pique the interest of youth by incorporating unstructured play, arts and crafts and fun outdoor activities into all of our programs.  By keeping our programs varied, we hope to offer programs for all types of learners.”

Nature Explorers, for ages 6-9, will be held bi-weekly at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, beginning June 8 with a fishing program at the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery. The other programs in Kenue Park, outside the Dickinson County Nature Center, will be a scavenger hunt June 22, game day July 6, outdoor yoga July 20 and art in nature Aug. 3.

Young Naturalists is for ages 10-12 and will be held at 1 p.m. opposite Thursdays of Nature Explorers. Young Naturalists will also begin with a fishing skills program June 15 at the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery, and then will come back to Kenue Park for geocaching June 29, disc golf at the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course July 13, outdoor yoga July 27 and art in nature Aug. 10.

Even toddlers have the chance to learn and explore at the Dickinson County Nature Center with the year-round Nature Tots program that continues this summer. Programs are 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, and themes for this coming season include Wonders of the Wetlands June 14, Raindrops are Falling on My Head July 12, Caterpillars and Chrysalis Aug. 9 and Colors of the Wind Sept. 13.

 “Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in numbers at a Nature Tots events,” Kuhlman said. “We are excited to be able to expand our offerings to two lessons a day to include more families in on the fun. Nature Tots is an amazing way for young learners to learn through play, stories, and activities.”

Nature Tots, Nature Explorers, and Young Naturalists are all free, one-hour programs with maximums of 25 registrants. Spots fill quickly, so please call 712-336-6352 to pre-register.

For more information on summer youth programming, summer camps or other Dickinson County Nature Center events, visit our website. You can also keep up with the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Three cheers for outdoor Iowa summer adventures!
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  2. Krazykate45
    No place in Iowa like Okoboji..all kinds of summer fun
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