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Pollinator Paradise project under way

OKOBOJI, Iowa -- The Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County continues to raise funds to complete a new Pollinator Paradise addition to the nature center in Okoboji.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - The Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County continues to raise funds to complete a new Pollinator Paradise addition to the nature center in Okoboji.

Construction of the $1.7 million addition began in July, with Poppema-Sikma Construction of Sheldon scheduled to complete Phase 1 by March 1.

Funds are being raised for Phase 2, which will include the installation of children’s museum-quality interactive exhibits about pollinators. Planned exhibits include a human-sized honeycomb for kids to crawl through to explore the life cycle of a honeybee, an indoor beehive, a pollen-collecting game and a monarch-rearing enclosure.

Pollinator Paradise will also house an indoor greenhouse where pollinator-friendly plants will be grown and sold to encourage people to plant native plant species in their own landscaping for butterflies and bees.

“As the project progresses it becomes even more exciting to envision the unique exhibits that will be in the space,” said Rebecca Peters, Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County president. “Pollinator Paradise will be the first pollinator-centric educational building in the state, and it will be a fun place for people of all ages to learn about the importance of butterflies, bees and other pollinators to our environment.”

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Once complete, the lower level of the addition will be used as additional classroom space for the year-round programming offered to the public and to regional schools by the Dickinson County Conservation Board.

Approximately $400,000 is still needed to complete Phase 2 of the Pollinator Paradise project. To donate, mail a check made out to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County to 2279 170th St., Okoboji 51355. Please mark Pollinator Paradise in the memo line. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information about Pollinator Paradise and for construction updates, visit http://bit.ly/2hyEcKU .

 

 

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