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* Happy New Year!!Happy New Year!!

Nature Center offices and buildings are closed January 1st and 2nd for the New Year's Holiday. All trails are open for your enjoyment!

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* Happy New Year!!Happy New Year!!

Nature Center offices and buildings are closed January 1st and 2nd for the New Year's Holiday. All trails are open for your enjoyment!

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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

* Home School-Eagles/Owls/HawksHome School-Eagles/Owls/Hawks

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World” Eagles, Owls and Hawks: The Raptors. Thursday, January 8, 1 PM. Owl, hawks and eagles are common raptors with fascinating stories. Discover the special ways each hunts and survives in Iowa. Dissect an owl pellet to discover what it has been eating. Learn about the amazing flight abilities of our hawks and falcons. A short hike will take us to the Cedar River to view eagles. Bring your binoculars or borrow ours. 1 ½ hours. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* Eagles Have Super Powers!Eagles Have Super Powers!

Time: 10:00 am

Announcing: Cub Corner for Preschoolers Join us each month for an exciting adventure just for you and your parents in Cub Corner. Our first adventure will be with eagles, owls and hawk. Cub Corner Adventures begins with Eagles Have Super Powers! Saturday, January 10, 10 AM Discover eagles! Have fun learning about our national bird and where it hangs out in winter. Learn how eagle eyes work, and try stretching your eagle “wings.” Just how big is that nest? We’ll also learn about other raptors, such as owls and hawks. Adults must accompany children. M $5; NM $8. Parents: free.

* Backyard Chicken BasicsBackyard Chicken Basics

Time: 1:00 pm

Backyard Chicken Basics Saturday, January 10, 1 PM Get the basic information you need to raise hens in urban and suburban areas. Participants will receive a certificate of completion that enables them to get a permit to legally keep chickens in Cedar Rapids and other communities. Register by 4 PM on Thursday, January 8. M $7 NM $10

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* Eagles Have Super Powers!Eagles Have Super Powers!

Time: 10:00 am

Announcing: Cub Corner for Preschoolers Join us each month for an exciting adventure just for you and your parents in Cub Corner. Our first adventure will be with eagles, owls and hawk. Eagles Have Super Powers! Tuesday, January 13, 10 AM Discover eagles! Have fun learning about our national bird and where it hangs out in winter. Learn how eagle eyes work, and try stretching your eagle “wings.” Just how big is that nest? We’ll also learn about other raptors, such as owls and hawks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. M $5; NM $8. Parents: free.

* Snowshoe AdventureSnowshoe Adventure

Time: 1:00 pm

Learn the basics and enjoy the snow! Basic techniques and safety will be covered then we will hit the trails. Program suitable for adults and children 2nd grade and up. No special equipment needed, just wear snow boots and layer clothing according to weather conditions. Members $10; Non-Members $15

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* Beginning Bee Keeping 2015Beginning Bee Keeping 2015

Time: 7:00 pm

This very popular CLASS IS FULL - no more registrations will be accepted. Please call 319-362-0664 to be added to the 2016 Interest List. This eight session series is designed for individuals serious about starting a beekeeping hobby. The series will take the participant through the annual cycle of beekeeping from establishing a hive to harvesting and marketing the honey produced. The class members will be actively involved in learning activities by working with the hives at the Indian Creek Nature Center. All classes are held at the Nature Center and last approximately two hours; attendance is critical. Starting two colonies of bees (recommended) costs approximately $600-$700. Beekeepers usually devote 2-5 hours weekly to working in their apiaries April-September, with several additional days in the early spring and fall. The city of Cedar Rapids currently has an ordinance against apiaries on residential property. Beekeeping is allowed in Linn County. Check with your local government to see if you can keep bees. Instructors: Bob Wolff, Phil Cummings, Jean Wiedenheft Fee includes classes, informational handouts, and use of the Nature Center’s Honeyhouse and extracting equipment (student must have attended session VII; extracting is scheduled between Sunday, August 23 and Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Plan to spend approximately 1 hour per super, plus an hour for setup and cleanup). Required text: The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diane Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile, 2011. This book is available in the Creekside Gift Shop at Indian Creek Nature Center.

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* Guild Potluck & Annual MeetingGuild Potluck & Annual Meeting

Time: 12:00 pm

ICNC Guild Potluck and Annual Meeting Friday, January 16, Noon Current, past and future Guild members are invited to enjoy a potluck lunch and meeting to celebrate the group’s 2014 accomplishments. Bring a dish to share and your table service.

* Snowshoe AdventureSnowshoe Adventure

Time: 1:00 pm

1:00 pm Learn the basics and enjoy the snow! Basic techniques and safety will be covered then we will hit the trails. Program suitable for adults and children 2nd grade and up. No special equipment needed, just wear snow boots and layer clothing according to weather conditions. Members $10; Non-Members $15

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* Snowshoe AdventureSnowshoe Adventure

Time: 10:00 am

Learn the basics and enjoy the snow! Basic techniques and safety will be covered then we will hit the trails. Program suitable for adults and children 2nd grade and up. No special equipment needed, just wear snow boots and layer clothing according to weather conditions. Members $10; Non-Members $15

* Boogie in the Barn!Boogie in the Barn!

Time: 1:00 pm

Boogie in the Barn! Saturday, January 17, 1 PM Guitarist Sheila Stevens will keep your feet tapping and fingers snapping with fun sing-along songs for young and old. This lively afternoon of musical fun and activities will include musical crafts. We will create a few instruments of our own from gourds and other natural materials. M $5; NM $7; M Family $12; NM Family $15

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* ICNC Annual MeetingICNC Annual Meeting

Time: 4:30 pm

ICNC Annual Meeting Tuesday, January 27, 4:30 PM All members are cordially invited to attend Indian Creek Nature Center’s annual meeting.

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* BSA - Take Care of Your PlanetBSA - Take Care of Your Planet

Time: 6:00 pm

Friday, January 23, 2015 6:00-8:00 PM Bear Cub Achievement #6 Become an Earth Caretaker! Learn where energy and natural resources come from and how to use them more responsibly. Play a game to discover how much water a leaky faucet wastes. Discover ways the Nature Center is sustainable. (Fulfills requirements c, d, e & f) 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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* GSA - Be Energy StarsGSA - Be Energy Stars

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Junior Energy is an important part of everything from the lights in your room to the food you eat. Explore energy at the Nature Center and determine your ecological footprint. Learn about using solar energy to create electricity. Build a sun oven and cook. Discover the things the Nature Center has done to turn an old barn into an energy-efficient environmental center. We will lead you on part of the Get Moving! Journey. REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION POLICY: 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.

* Paddle DayPaddle Day

Time: 12:00 pm

Paddle Day Saturday, January 24 Noon-4:30 PM Paddle Day offers something for every paddler, whether a beginner or seasoned veteran. Connect with a paddling buddy, share experiences, learn about new gear, and discover new places to paddle. Doors open at noon for you to enjoy paddling exhibits and displays by various paddling organizations. Speakers begin at 12:30 PM and will include: “Paddling Adventures in the Ozarks” by Marty Koch; “Kickapoo River, A Gem in SW Wisconsin” by Lisa Nagle and Jan Aiels; “Expanded View from the Cockpit,” by Bill and Joyce Schoon; and “Discover Great Local Paddling Opportunities.” Visit indiancreeknaturecenter.org for details. M $8; NM $12.

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* Willow Garden OrbsWillow Garden Orbs

Time: 10:00 am

Willow Garden Orbs Saturday, January 31, 10 AM Create a lovely willow orb for your garden or home using one of nature’s fastest growing plants. Participants will learn simple random weaving techniques to create one or more rustic willow ball. We will use a combination of wild willow harvested from the Nature Center wetland and cultivated basket willow. Good hand strength required. All consumable supplies provided. Participants should bring sharp garden shears or basketry scissors and a towel for wrapping your materials. We will “warm” willow “withies” across our knees, so wear an apron or old pants that can get dirty. Our finished product will be roughly basketball-sized. Bring a brown bag lunch. We will provide beverages. Register by 4 PM on Wednesday, January 28. M $25; NM $35.

* Chicken ChatterChicken Chatter

Time: 1:00 pm

Chicken Chatter Saturday, January 31, 1 PM Anyone new to keeping a flock of chickens is likely to experience the joys and frustrations of caring for animals and learning husbandry skills. Join longtime chicken keeper and ICNC Director Emeritus Rich Patterson for an interactive discussion. He will suggest solutions for the five most common problems experienced by new poultry keepers, then encourage everyone to share experiences. Call 319-362-0664 to reserve your place. Suggested donation: $5.

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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.