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Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Fall Mushrooms Photo ExhibitFall Mushrooms Photo Exhibit

October-November: Fall Mushrooms Photography by Roger Heidt. Exhibit in the barn. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4; Saturday 11-4.

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* Coffee and ChatCoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Coffee and Chat. Each month on the second Thursday gather in the sunroom at Indian Creek Nature Center to enjoy coffee and conversation about the latest happenings at Indian Creek Nature Center. Enjoy a social time, and learn what’s happening in nature at that time, meet Nature Center staff and become better acquainted with our facilities, programs and trails. Free

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* BSA -"Birds" - Wolf Cub BSA -"Birds" - Wolf Cub

Time: 6:00 pm

The Nature Center is the place to be if you enjoy watching our feathered friends and learning more about them! Discover the mysteries of migration, build your very own bird feeder, and play bird games in this fun-filled workshop. (Fulfills Requirements: a, c, d & e.) Registration closes Oct. 1st. To complete the process you must also download and fill out one Registration Form and one Roster sheet per pack/group and submit these two forms to ICNC via email or fax. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ATTENDANCE.

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* GSA - Wonders of WaterGSA - Wonders of Water

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Brownie “Become” a droplet of water circling around in Earth’s water cycle. Explore a watershed and learn how it works! Create a rainbow and special art using watercolors. You will discover that water is our most valuable resource as you explore innovative ways to save and protect it. Visit a bioswale, discover and experiment with cement that soaks up rain and find out what a rain garden is! We will lead you on part of the Wonders of Water Journey. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to www.girlscoutstoday.org to register online

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* Home School-Migrating BirdsHome School-Migrating Birds

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program - Birds, Migration and Preparing for Winter. The outdoor world is scrambling to prepare for the cold and snow. Bird activities are what we most often notice where you live in an urban or rural setting. Learn about how birds that stay in Iowa survive, how those that migrate know when & where, and how you can help those that stay. Learn about Citizen Scientist migration studies you can take part in. 1 ½ hours. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* BSA - Water & Soil Cons.BSA - Water & Soil Cons.

Time: 6:00 pm

Bear Cub Elective #15 - “Water and Soil Conservation” Friday, October 17, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 PM this workshop is CLOSED. No additional registrations accepted.

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* GSA - Nature's ArtGSA - Nature's Art

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30-11:00 AM. Girl Scouts - Daisy - Explore art in nature! Colors, shapes and textures are vibrant in the world around you. Spend time creating artwork from natural materials. Consider the sources and original locations of these materials. We will lead you on part of the Between Earth and Sky Journey. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to www.girlscoutstoday.org to register online

* Migration: Fall PhenomenonMigration: Fall Phenomenon

Time: 1:00 pm

Migration: The Fall Nature Phenomenon Saturday, October 18, 1 PM Explore the mysterious migrations of birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Learn how various creatures know when and where to go. Explore large and small migration journeys. M $3; NM $5; children $2.

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* Eagle Scout OrientationEagle Scout Orientation

Time: 9:00 am

Interested in learning more about eagle scout service project opportunities at ICNC? Come and learn about available upcoming projects and begin the process. Preregistration required.

* Gather Prairie Seed Gather Prairie Seed

Time: 11:00 am

Gather Prairie Seed for Your Yard Saturday, October 25 11 AM-1 PM After decades of successful prairie restoration, the Nature Center is sharing its seed. Learn restoration basics and seed collection strategies. Spend time with our land stewards collecting seed for your prairie project. Bring a paper bag for seed collecting. Cost: $15 plus a large paper bag for your seed.

* Halloween Fun - Scary Stories!Halloween Fun - Scary Stories!

Time: 2:00 pm

Halloween Fun at the Nature Center: Scary Stories! Saturday, October 25, 2 PM. Join master storyteller Darrin Crow for stories that bump, jump, and thump! Darrin’s animated performance will actively engage adults and children alike as they enjoy these slightly scary and very fun tales. Create a mask to conceal yourself from all scary critters. Register at indiancreeknaturecenter.org or call 319 362-0664. Children (ages 5 & up): M $2; NM $3. Adults: M $4; NM $5.

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History

A rear view of the Indian Creek Nature Center barn and frog pond in lush summer greeneryThe Indian Creek Nature Center sits on land previously occupied by two farms that were established in 1849.  The land changed hands several times before Milo Wolfe purchased what is known today as the Bena Farm. The farm remained in the Wolfe family until 1899, when William Christle purchased it.  For twenty years the Christle family owned the property, then sold it to Wencil and Carrie Bena on March 1, 1920.  Cary was William Christle’s  daughter.   The farm remained in the Bena family until it was sold to the Indian Creek Nature Center in 1994.

Penningroth Dairy Farm

In the mid 1920s Charles Penningroth, a Cedar Rapids attorney, purchased other land bordering Indian Creek. For the next 25 years, under Penningroth ownership, the land was in various forms of agriculture. Construction of the Penningroth Dairy Barn was completed in 1932 in the midst of the Depression.  The remodeled barn is currently used as the hub of many Nature Center activities.

Lily pads in the frog pond at the Indian Creek Nature CenterIn 1968 the City of Cedar Rapids used Federal Housing and Urban Development funds to purchased about 1000 acres of floodplain along the Cedar River.  This land, known as the Greenbelt, stretches from southeast Cedar Rapids to Indian Creek; then extends north through the lower Indian Creek valley.  The Penningroth farm was part of this purchase.

Creation of the
Indian Creek Nature Center

In 1970 B.B. Stamats visited a nature center in the Twin Cities and became an advocate for an environmental education center in the Cedar Rapids area.  B.B. and Jean O’Donnell shared this vision and recruited a steering committee of about forty community members.  The Indian Creek Nature Center was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1973 but a physical site had yet to be found. Studies found the best was the Penningroth farm, now owned by the City of Cedar Rapids.  A lease for the barn and 120 acres of land was arranged and the Indian Creek Nature Center became the first nature center in Iowa. The first public program was held on Groundhog Day in 1974. An exceptional and unexpected opportunity came in 1994 when the Bena family offered to sell their farm to the Nature Center.  The resulting transaction increased Nature Center land  210 acres.

BB Stamats’ and Jean O’Donnell’s dream of a nature center for their community materialized into green prairies, teeming wetlands, and protected woodlands that are enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.