Nature

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Maybe you've heard. As unlikely as it seems, trees may be our saviors. Researchers have determined we could plant 2.5 billion acres of new trees without losing an inch of farmland or cutting back at all on urban sprawl. Those billions of trees—take a deep breath here--can sweep up and away 200 gigatons of the carbon that's warming us dangerously. As Margaret Renkl said in a recent Times Opinion piece, "Planting trees. . .could go a long way toward saving us from ourselves."

Summer is finally here and Siouxland Public Media took “The Exchange” live to the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center on June 21, 2019.

Guest host Sheila Brummer was joined by experts on the environment, conservation and wildlife. 

Education program director at the Nature Center, Dawn Snyder, shared details on the offerings at the facility this summer.  She also talked about the year-round programs available to the public.   

Jeff Wilson

The Brooks National Golf Club next to East Lake Okoboji was recently purchased by the Dickinson Country Conservation Board. An anonymous benefactor helped them acquire this land by donating three million dollars. 

Lee Sorenson, the executive director of the board, talks about their main focus for the future of this land. Although the use of the land is still undecided, he speaks about the importance of cleanliness and animals in the area. 

James C Schaap

We were standing atop a miniature mountain, looking out over the Big Sioux River from a statuesque bluff not all that far from the confluence of the Missouri and the Big Sioux, over the prairie land of Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, 3000 acres of sheer beauty.  No one else was there.

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It took me 31 years of Iowa living to take my first steps on real native prairie, the kind my great-grandparents must have set upon when they arrived in northwest Iowa in the 1880s. Thirty-one years. Seems like a lifetime.

But then, real native prairie goes at a premium in this corner of the state. You can stumble on a few sloped patches of original grasses along the bluffs of the Big Sioux River, but for decades already the land has been drawn-and-quartered by the endless row crops of a gigantic garden. 

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When, 4 inches below the soil surface, the temperature rises to 55, the morels begin to emerge. Dawn Snyder from the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is here to tell us about foraging for these seasonal delights as well as other things that spring brings. 

The Story of the Land at Dickinson County Nature Center

Jun 18, 2015
Travel Iowa

The Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji has something to offer everyone, from year-round residents to weekend visitors. Duane Kraayenbrink recently visited with Kiley Roth, community relations coordinator.  

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LAMB Arts Regional Theatre presents "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," this weekend only. The show explores the memories evoked by clothing and accessories to tell often poignant, often funny stories with which most women can relate. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee at 1:30 p.m.

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