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Summer 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Summer Wildflower PhotosSummer Wildflower Photos

A summer Prairie walk will find you among some of the most beautiful wildflowers! Enjoy this pictorial wildflower exhibit in our second floor auditorium. Photos will be available throughout the month of July during open hours M-F 9-4 & Sat. 11-4.

* Trail Trekkers - Wild ThingsTrail Trekkers - Wild Things

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. What's Wild? Explore a few of the wonderfully wild places at the Nature Center, and get to know some of the wild animals that share our world! Be sure to wear your hiking shoes! We'll be going for a long walk. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member Child; $8 Non-member child. Online registration will be available after March 15th.

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* One Day Adv Fishin' & Fryin'One Day Adv Fishin' & Fryin'

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 9 and up. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Thursday, July 3. Bring your fishing gear for a day of exploring, fishing and tasting your catch. discover where fish hand out, what makes good bait, how to clean your catch and how to fry them up for a great feast. No fishing gear? Let us know and we'll help out. Meet at the Nature Center and fish at Prairie Park Fishery. Limited to 10 participants. COST: $35 Members; $45 Non-Members. Online registration will be available after march 15th.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center.

* 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

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Create Naturally Create Naturally

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-12. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Friday, July 11. Enjoy a day of capturing nature using cameras, sketching, watercolors and clay. Build a simple loom to create a wall hanging. Enjoy creating while being outdoors. Create an exhibit of your work to share with parents at the end of the day. Limited to 10 participants. $35 member; $45 Non-Member. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Ribbit's Favorite Food & BugsRibbit's Favorite Food & Bugs

Time: 9:30 am

What’s your favorite food? Think a frog would be interested in that? Frogs like bugs! Insects of all kinds are Ribbit’s favorite. Come out and enjoy a fun outdoor adventure that will start at the edge of the frog pond and end in the prairie. We will look at all the different insects that we can catch and find along the way! 9:30 - 10:30 am COST: M Child: $5; NM child: $6. Parents: Free

* Thunder Moon WalkThunder Moon Walk

Time: 8:30 pm

Dramatic July storms inspired the Native American name for this month’s full moon. This year the Thunder Moon is also a “ super full moon.” Join us for a casual walk to the prairie for a view of the moon rise and to enjoy the wonderful night sounds and sights on an Iowa prairie.8:30 - 10 or 10:30pm. COST: M/$5 NM/$8 Children/$2

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* Level 2 OrienteeringLevel 2 Orienteering

Time: 1:00 pm

Rescheduled from July 5th - Learn compass basics and map skills before you venture out onto the landscape with your compass, score card and new skills to find a series of control points. Come dressed for the weather. Sturdy shoes recommended. Program is co-sponsored by Sons of Norway. Those finishing the course will earn a special orienteering patch. Registration recommended for event. Call 362-0664 or go to www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org COST: M family/$10 NM family/$15 Individuals/ M$5 NM/$8

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* Trail Trekkers - Worm WorldTrail Trekkers - Worm World

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Have you ever been curious about the life of a worm? Learn more about where they live, what they eat, and how they're made! We'll spend some time up close and personal with some worms, and then go worm hunting. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-Member child. Limited to 14 children. Online registration will be available after March 15, 2014.

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* Photo Submission DeadlinePhoto Submission Deadline

Amateur Photographers are invited to submit by July 15 their favorite 8x10" nature photo taken at Indian Creek Nature Center. Photos will be displayed in August. Reception for exhibit will be August 1, 7-8 pm. Questions, call 319-362-0664.

* Trail Trekkers - Worm WorldTrail Trekkers - Worm World

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Have you ever been curious about the life of a worm? Learn more about where they live, what they eat, and how they're made! We'll spend some time up close and personal with some worms, and then go worm hunting. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member Child; $8 Non-Member child. Online registration will be available after March 15, 2014.

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* Living in Sync With NatureLiving in Sync With Nature

Time: 6:30 pm

Join a group of like-minded individuals on the 3rd Thursday of each month to socialize and discuss various earth friendly everyday life topics. For this first gathering we will discuss possible topics for future discussions, share ideas and resources. Come to listen, come to share what you are doing or share resources that you know of. Call 319-362-0664 to register by 4 PM, Tuesday, June 17. Free Will Donation.

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* Campfire Sing Along!Campfire Sing Along!

Time: 7:00 pm

Enjoy a family evening in nature around a cozy fire enjoying a sing-along, tasty treats and an introduction to some nighttime wildlife that lives at the Nature Center. Guitarist, Sheila Stevens, will share traditional campfire songs and the nature center staff will provide some wildlife fun. 7:00 - 8:00 pm. COST: M/$4 NM/$5 Children/$3 Under Age 4/Free

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* Trail Trekkers - Rainbow MagicTrail Trekkers - Rainbow Magic

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Color surrounds us! Spend some time talking about colors in nature and what it all means. Why are some birds red and others are blue? Are all fish orange like a goldfish? What about camouflage? We'll go on a rainbow hike, and look for colorful plants and animals. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-Member child. Programs are for a child and parent or other adult. Register online after March 15, 2014.

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* Trail Trekkers - Rainbow MagicTrail Trekkers - Rainbow Magic

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Color surrounds us! Spend some time talking about colors in nature and what it all means. Why are some birds red and others are blue? Are all fish orange like a goldfish? What about camouflage? We'll go on a rainbow hike, and look for colorful plants and animals. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-Member child. Programs are for a child and parent or other adult. Register online after March 15, 2014.

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* Meet the MintsMeet the Mints

Time: 6:30 pm

Many mint family plant species live at Indian Creek Nature Center. Some are showy, some less conspicuous. Some smell wonderful, and others smell... "strong". Learn to identify members of this aromatic and tasty family and then stroll the prairie with Botanist Christine Kirpes in search of as many family members as you can find. Enjoy some refreshing mint ice tea and discuss other ways mints can be used for flavoring food or enhancing various products we use every day.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

   
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John Myers, Executive Director

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John has been enjoying the outdoors and camping since early childhood in both the east coast mountains and Midwest plains.  An Eagle Scout, and former volunteer and employee with the Boy Scouts of America, John further developed a love of education and outdoor environments.  He has a strong non-profit background in program development, strategic planning, and donor development at several local organizations.  Currently, John serves as president of the Daybreak Rotary club and a member of the board of Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

John and his wife have two children. They enjoy camping, fishing, and outdoor recreation.

Jan Aiels, Education Director/Senior Naturalist

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Jan Aiels is an Iowa native who grew up in rural Dubuque county. She has been a zoology instructor at Mt. Mercy College, a Girl Scout professional and joined the Nature Center staff in 1993. Jan enjoys backpacking, gardening, quilting, hiking (she recently “survived” a hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon – and back to the top), canoeing and helping others enjoy and appreciate nature.

Jean Wiedenheft, Land Stewardship Director

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Jean Wiedenheft started as a volunteer at the Nature Center, helping with scout workshops and spreading wood chips on the trails. She’s been a full-time employee since 2001, sharing her enthusiasm for nature with volunteers and visitors. She enjoys horseback riding, beekeeping and walking in the woods.

Lindsey Flannery, Marketing & Business Development Coordinator

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Lindsey is a life-long nature lover who grew up on a farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Northeast Iowa, near Decorah. Her duties include marketing and promotion, securing sponsorships, and developing relationships with the Nature Center’s many wonderful supporters. Lindsey has a BA in Public Relations and English from Coe College, as well as experience in non-profit fundraising at several other Cedar Rapids organizations. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, mushroom hunting, photography, journaling, and yoga.

Jennifer Rupp, Program Specialist/Naturalist

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Jennifer grew up loving nature on an acreage near Ames, Iowa. She attended the University of Northern Iowa for an undergraduate degree in Earth Science (Astronomy) and a Meteorology minor, and again for a master’s in Environmental Science. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 2010 and joined the Indian Creek Nature Center staff in 2012.  Jennifer enjoys all outdoor activities, astronomy, reading, and helping others learn about the natural world.

Dana Wood, Office Manager

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Dana Wood grew up in Center Point, Iowa. After college, she spent several years at Weddings, Etc. working as a seamstress.  A career change made her Administrative Assistant at Global Crossing where she stayed until becoming Office Manager at Indian Creek Nature Center in 2002.  Dana enjoys volunteering and coaching at her children’s school, sewing, swimming and camping.

Nancy Lackner, Development Assistant

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A native of southern New Jersey, Nancy moved with her family to Cedar Rapids in 1970. She has two bachelor’s degrees, received 14 years apart, in vastly different fields: business administration with an English minor; and biology and general science. Nancy joined the Nature Center staff in 2000 and her responsibilities include all aspects of fund raising, editing the quarterly newsletter and overseeing memberships. Nancy enjoys exploring nature on foot with her husband and their enthusiastic dog.

Suzanne Hunter, Registrar

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Suzanne grew up in East Moline, IL where she worked for John Deere Healthcare Insurance. She transferred to Cedar Rapids, working as a customer service representative. Following her retirement from John Deere, she worked for Mercy Care Community Physicians before joining the staff at the Nature Center in early 2012. Suzanne spends her free time in her garden and playing golf with husband Steve. She stays entertained at home with her two cats Maggie and McGee.

Julie Walters, Creekside Shop & Volunteer Coordinator

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Growing up in Nebraska surrounded by the beauty of the Great Plains and amazing wide open skies, Julie gained an early appreciation for the land and it’s natural cycles and beauty.  She brings strong organizational skills to the Nature Center team along with a degree in Art.  Julie’s professional experience–regional and national—includes sales, merchandising, marketing, market research & analysis plus exhibit & display coordination and design.  Her interests include travel, photography, walking, hiking and experiencing the outdoors.  Julie’s favorite travel destination – the north shore of Lake Superior.  An appreciation for nature and the spirituality of nature are very important to her.  Life’s adventure is best experienced close to nature’s energies.

Rich Patterson, Director Emeritus

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Rich served as Director of the Indian Creek Nature Center from 1978-2014. He formally retired from Indian Creek February 28, 2014. For his long standing service to the organization, Rich was named Director Emeritus and serves in an advisory role, though not formally on staff. Rich grew up rambling in the wooded hills near his New Jersey home.  He enjoys camping, travel, reading, fishing, paddle sports and gardening.