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Out of Things to Do With Your Toddler? Take Them to Nature Tots at the Dickinson County Nature Center
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Out of Things to Do With Your Toddler? Take Them to Nature Tots at the Dickinson County Nature Center

Dickinson County naturalist Charles Vigdal is incredibly excited for the next Nature Tots program at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.

The Everybody Poops theme for the program 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, will feature a lesson on identifying animal scat and the normality of excrement. Naturalists will even read the story “Everyone Poops.”

Nature Tots has become one of the most popular programs at the Dickinson County Nature Center, limited to the first 50 pre-registrants each month. The series for ages 2-5 year-round and has some unique themes coming up, including: 

  •  Everybody Poops Sept. 14
  • Super Seeds for the Oct. 12 program
  • Turtle Power for the Nov. 9 class
  • Paw Prints for the Dec. 14 event.

“I'm really excited about our Turtle Power program that's coming up in November,” said naturalist Mary Petersen. “We have four species of turtles here at the nature center, and any time we can show kids the live animals we have here and allow them to experience an animal up close I think we pique their interest right away, making for a fun, exciting program.”

Nature Tots includes story time, an educational lesson, time outdoors and a craft, and it is all free.

“I think Nature Tots had a lot of success this summer because the way we set up our programs is aimed at the children's natural curiosity,” Petersen said. “We work really hard at the nature center to create activities and learning opportunities that are fun and engaging for the kids.  Our goal as educators isn’t just to simply pass on our knowledge to your kids.  We want to get them involved and passionate about the world around them --- that’s when real learning happens.”

To participate, simply call 712-336-6352 to register your toddler.

“If you haven’t been to Nature Tots before I highly recommend checking us out,” Petersen said. “As summer comes to an end and the temperatures cool down, it’s a great way to get the kids out of the house doing something fun, educational, and free.  After the program, you and your toddler can stick around and check out the interactive nature center displays and the live animals we have on display here.”

For more information on the Dickinson County Nature Center’s year-round programming, visit the nature center 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
    What a terrific event series! Thanks so much for posting!
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