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Nature center hosting ‘Fire on the Prairie’ program

OKOBOJI, Iowa — Wildfire and its place in nature will be the subject’s of Friday’s “Fire on the Prairie” themed Family Nature Night. The program will meet in the amphitheater just outside the Nature Center on the south side, and the event will have time slots at 5 p.m. and at 7 p.m. with a limit of 10 families per program.

“We’re excited to teach about wildfires and prescribed fires while emphasizing fire safety,” Environmental Education Coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman said.

The program will teach about wildfire and prescribed fires place in nature while also teaching about fire safety. Families will also get to learn about tools used to fight wildfires and, weather permitting, see a small example fire on the prairie.

“It’s important to teach about fire in nature because it does have a place and there are many people who work to make sure fires burn safely,” Kuhlman said. “To know fire can be good is important especially for the prairies.”

If it is raining on Friday, the rain location will be the Maser Monarch Lodge. Limit will continue to be 10 families, but masks will be required until families are seated.

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Individuals may pre-register for one of the two time slots by calling (712) 336-6352. For more information, visit