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Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

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* GSA - Trekking TrailsGSA - Trekking Trails

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Brownie Explore the Nature Center’s trails with an expert hiker to learn to read a map, interpret trail signs, leave no trace and learn what to take on a hike. Make your own snack and enjoy a day in nature! This completes most of the Hiker badge. 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

* GSA - X Marks the SpotGSA - X Marks the Spot

Time: 12:00 pm

Saturday, November 1, 2014 12:00-2:00 PM Come to a geocaching event to learn how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. Learn to enter waypoints in a GPS receiver and find a geocache! Bring a trade item to leave in the cache. Bring your own GPS unit or borrow one of the Nature Center’s units. We’ll visit a geocache website. This completes most of the Geocache badge. Limited to 25 girls. 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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* 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

* Coffee and ChatCoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Coffee and Chat Thursday, November 13 9–10 AM On the second Thursday of each month, all are welcome to gather in ICNC’s sunroom to enjoy coffee and conversation about the latest happenings. Enjoy a social time, learn what’s currently happening in nature, meet Nature Center staff, and become better acquainted with our facilities, programs and trails. Free.

* Home School-Iowa HabitatsHome School-Iowa Habitats

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World”. Exploring Iowa habitats. The beautiful fall prairie and woods is waiting for you to experience and explore. Take a scientific look to learn about the specific animals and plants that use each habitat and the habitats unique conditions. Learn about food chains, photosynthesis, layers of life in each habitat, and special features different plant and animals have to help them live in these very different habitats. 2 hour program. Be prepared to be outdoors on the trails. If raining, the program will be held on Monday, November 10 at 1 PM. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* BSA - Your Living WorldBSA - Your Living World

Time: 6:00 pm

Wolf Cub Achievement #7 “Your Living World” Friday, November 14, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS WORKSHOP Spend the evening learning ways to help your planet. Discuss pollution problems and learn about conserving energy at home. Make the habitat better for wildlife at ICNC. (Fulfills requirements a, b, c, d & f) REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration and payment are required prior to the event. This can be done online, in person, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. Use a separate registration form for each event. Completed registration forms, payment, and roster of scouts attending must be received by the Nature Center no later than one week prior to the scheduled workshop (by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the event). Late registrations will be excepted through the Wednesday preceding the event at an additional fee of $2/scout. Payment must accompany registration. To register, call 319-362-0664 or visit: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org. 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.

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* BSA Forester BadgeBSA Forester Badge

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM Boy Scouts - Webelos If you love to explore trees in your own backyard and would like to learn more about what a forester does, you should check out this workshop. Learn how to identify trees and other plants of the forest and more.(Fulfills requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 9) Registration and payment are required prior to the event. This can be done online, in person, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. Use a separate registration form for each event. Completed registration forms, payment, and roster of scouts attending must be received by the Nature Center no later than one week prior to the scheduled workshop (by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the event). Late registrations will be excepted through the Wednesday preceding the event at an additional fee of $2/scout. Payment must accompany registration. To register, call 319-362-0664 or visit: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org. 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.

* Winter Bird Feeding 101Winter Bird Feeding 101

Time: 1:00 pm

Now, before snow flies, is the time to place your feeders and prepare for winter bird watching enjoyment. Learn what feeders and bird seed best attract and help birds, how to avoid window collisions and other potential bird feeding problems, ways to provide water, and how to identify your feathered diners. M $4; NM $6.

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* BSA Sharing World w/WildlifeBSA Sharing World w/Wildlife

Time: 6:00 pm

Bear Cub Achievement #5 Sharing your World with Wildlife Friday, November 21, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM CLOSED - This workshop is FULL - no more registrations accepted. Join an Indian Creek Nature Center naturalist for an evening of fun! We will explore various habitats, learn about extinct and endangered animals, feed the birds, and much more! (Fulfills requirements a, c, d & e) Registration and payment are required prior to the event. This can be done online, in person, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. Use a separate registration form for each event. Completed registration forms, payment, and roster of scouts attending must be received by the Nature Center no later than one week prior to the scheduled workshop (by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the event). Late registrations will be excepted through the Wednesday preceding the event at an additional fee of $2/scout. Payment must accompany registration. To register, call 319-362-0664 or visit: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org. 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.

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* Chili Luncheon & Gear AuctionChili Luncheon & Gear Auction

Time: 12:00 pm

Chili Luncheon and Outdoor Gear Silent Auction Saturday, November 22 12 AM-2 PM Chili luncheon & Bidding from Noon- 1:30 pm Are you looking for a fun way to pick up outdoor gear for birding, gardening, camping, fishing or hiking at a great price? Or just looking for a great bowl of chili for lunch? Shop the most unique auction around to bid on a variety of gently-used gear and outdoor items. Just $6 lets you sample a variety of chilies made by members of the Cedar Wapsie Chapter of the Sierra Club. Proceeds from the auction and lunch benefit both the local Sierra Club and Indian Creek Nature Center. All are welcome. For more info, call the Nature Center or check our website. Do you have unused outdoor gear stashed in your garage, closet or attic? Please consider donating items to our auction!

* GSA - Tricks of the TrailGSA - Tricks of the Trail

Time: 4:00 pm

“Tricks of the Trail” Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:00-6:00 PM - Girl Scouts - Cadette. Find out what you need to go camping. Learn how to cook over a camp fire and purify water, and spend some time with a map and compass to find your way around the Nature Center. If it is clear, end the evening stargazing! This workshop will complete most of the Trailblazing workshop. 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

* Under the StarsUnder the Stars

Time: 6:30 pm

Under the Stars Saturday, November 22 6:30 PM Join us for a relaxing evening under the stars, soaking in some ancient sunshine. Watch for satellites and learn about fall constellations. We may spot a few late Leonid meteors! (The Leonid meteor shower peaks around November 17th.) Binoculars and telescopes will be available, but feel free to bring your own, along with a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. If cloudy, we’ll enjoy a night hike. Program cancelled if raining. Adults: M $5; NM $6. Children age 10 and under: $3.

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* Thanksgiving - Trails are OpenThanksgiving - Trails are Open

All trails are open for your enjoyment! Nature Center offices and buildings are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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* Thanksgiving - Trails are OpenThanksgiving - Trails are Open

All trails are open for your enjoyment! Nature Center offices and buildings are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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* Thanksgiving - Trails are OpenThanksgiving - Trails are Open

All trails are open for your enjoyment! Nature Center offices and buildings are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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* Thanksgiving - Trails are OpenThanksgiving - Trails are Open

All trails are open for your enjoyment! Nature Center offices and buildings are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

           
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Staff

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.