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* Total Lunar Eclipse at MoonsetTotal Lunar Eclipse at Moonset

Time: 4:00 am

Join astronomer and naturalist Jenny Rupp in the prairie along Otis Road near the Nature Center’s labyrinth to enjoy a predawn lunar eclipse. Come and go as you please. Bring a lawn chair, snack, and dress warm. We will provide coffee, telescope and binoculars. Program will be cancelled if it is rainy or cloudy. $5 per person.

* Easter Egg Hunt - OrienteeringEaster Egg Hunt - Orienteering

Time: 1:00 pm

The Easter rabbit left a map showing where all the eggs are hidden. You will have to retrieve one egg from each stash to prove you’ve found each hiding place. We’ll teach compass basics and elementary map reading so you can take your map and compass out on the trails to fill your bag. After finding each stash, bring your eggs back to enjoy an Easter treat. We will finish by 3 PM. Registration is required by Thursday, April 2 Individual: age 12 or older. M $6; NM $8. Family: age 5-12 must be accompanied by adult M $15; NM $20.

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* Cub Corner: Sounds of SpringCub Corner: Sounds of Spring

Time: 10:00 am

You know it’s spring when the frog pond wakes up with a chorus of joyful singing. Children will learn about the frog life cycle and special frog features, sing frog songs, do a frog craft and go on a frog-watching hike. Evening is the frog’s favorite time to sing. Children: M $5; NM $8. Parents: Free.

* Garden Party!Garden Party!

Time: 5:30 pm

The weather is warming and the world around us is once again showing its colors. Gather to celebrate this new life as it emerges all around us. Bring your favorite pair of gloves and a light snack to share as we start to do some spring cleaning around our campus. We will discuss and highlight volunteer opportunities for upcoming land management and spend some time working in our outdoor spaces. Free. Please let us know you will be joining us by calling the nature center 362-0664.

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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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* Backyard Chickens WorkshopBackyard Chickens Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Learn 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 4:00 PM on Wednesday, April 8. M $10; NM $12.

* Cub Corner: Sounds of SpringCub Corner: Sounds of Spring

Time: 6:30 pm

You know it’s spring when the frog pond wakes up with a chorus of joyful singing. Children will learn about the frog life cycle and special frog features, sing frog songs, do a frog craft and go on a frog-watching hike. Evening is the frog’s favorite time to sing. Children: M $5; NM $8. Parents: Free.

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* Plants, Pollinators & Seeds. Plants, Pollinators & Seeds.

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World” Plants, Pollinators & Seeds. Wednesday, April 15., 1 pm. Nature is bursting with growth after the winter. This botany experience introduces you to plants and all their parts and systems beginning with the tiny seed. Learn about some unique spring wildflowers and their relationship with insects, mammals and us! Visit our indoor honey bees and go on a scavenger hunt to find native pollinators. Plants are essential to us all and to the earth. Both an indoor and outdoor experience. 1 ½ hours. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* Volunteer & Teacher NaturalistVolunteer & Teacher Naturalist

Time: 12:00 pm

Volunteer Information Session - Teacher Naturalist Training. There are many exciting ways to volunteer at the Nature Center! Join us at noon to learn about all the opportunities. At 12:30 PM there will be a training specifically for those interested in becoming a teacher-naturalist – volunteers who lead groups of children on nature adventures. You will have an opportunity to experience being a teacher-naturalist at the pond. We will begin indoors but soon move to the wetland so come prepared for the weather. Invite a friend and begin an exciting adventure as a Nature Center volunteer. Call 319-362-0664 for more information or to register. Free.

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* BSA Naturalist BadgeBSA Naturalist Badge

Time: 9:30 am

Do you know what a naturalist is? Discover the naturalist in yourself as you bird watch, learn about migration flyways, identify poisonous plants and animals, and discover amazing facts about Iowa’s wild animals and their habitats.(Fulfills requirements 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11)

* BSA Forester BadgeBSA Forester Badge

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, April 18, 2015 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.

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* Chimney Swifts ReturnChimney Swifts Return

Time: 1:00 pm

The historic Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swift Tower, now located in Iowa City, has been restored. Linda & Robert Scarth were privileged to photograph the first family of chimney swifts to nest in the newly restored 99-year-old tower. Over several weeks the Scarths made images and detailed observations of the five nestlings as they grew. Join the Scarths’ adventure through their amazing photographs. Learn about the history of this amazing structure. This weekend is the traditional date chimney swifts return to Iowa after wintering in the upper Amazon Basin of South America. M $5; NM $8

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* Earth Day / Sense of WonderEarth Day / Sense of Wonder

Time: 6:30 pm

Earth Day Celebration and Sense of Wonder Trail Seasonal Reopening Wednesday, April 22 6:30-8 PM Celebrate Earth Day with your family in nature! Encourage your sense of wonder as you wander our certified Nature Explore classroom activity stations. Sing, play and dance along with Sheila Stevens on the music stage. Spend time at the frog pond with a net and a naturalist to find frogs and other water friends who live there. Try your “foot” at stump hopping, and discover what’s in the grass hut. Join us as we reconnect with Mother Earth and find peace in nature. Free!

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* Women in Nature Women in Nature

Time: 8:00 am

.Women in Nature (formerly Women’s Walking Workshop) A Day-long Wellness Retreat Saturday, April 25 8 AM-3:30 PM Enjoy a retreat into nature to reconnect with earth, self and others. In the morning, Sarah Young with zing coaching will lead Nature as our Teacher: Leadership Lessons from Mother Earth. Marsha Nieland, yoga teacher at Fusion Studio, will facilitate Brave Intuitive Creating, a fun, artistic adventure beginning with gentle yoga, a short guided meditation and art experience. Enjoy two engaging, guided walks that offer a choice of experiences including a labyrinth walk. Carlson College of Massage Therapy will provide massages and a variety of mini-sessions will be offered during the lunch break. You can register and find details at indiancreeknaturecenter.org. Call 319-362-0664 with questions. M $45; NM $55. Register by April 10 and save $5. After April 10th cost will be M $50; NM $60.

* Eagle Scout Project OrientatioEagle Scout Project Orientatio

Time: 9:00 am

Interested in learning more about Eagle Scout service project opportunities at ICNC? Join us to learn about available upcoming projects and begin the process. Meet in the Sugarhouse. Preregistration required. Call to register: 319-362-0664. Free.

* Eagle Scout OrientationEagle Scout Orientation

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, April 25 9:30 am - 11:00am Scouts, parents, leaders!! Are you Interested in learning more about Eagle Scout service project opportunities at ICNC? Join us to learn about available upcoming projects and begin the process. Preregistration is required. Call 362-0664 to register. Free.

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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, yoga, and spending time with her husband and baby boy.

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.

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.

Andrea Blaha, Trail Specialist/Naturalist

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Andrea’s passions for preserving the land, educating people and working outdoors attracted her to the Nature Center. She desires to create spaces and experiences that will inspire others to be good stewards of the land. Andrea currently serves by developing and leading various public programs, coordinating Eagle Scout projects, and working with local businesses and volunteers to keep the land healthy, safe and beautiful. Her degree from ISU in Landscape Architecture brings a unique perspective to future campus planning and design efforts at the Nature Center.

Andrea grew up in Cedar Rapids, traveling every summer with her family to explore new places. She is an avid outdoorswoman and you may find her on local trails, skiing, biking, playing volleyball, or landscaping. She also serves as a volunteer for many local non-profits, aides as a nursing assistant and is an advocate for Tree Keepers, storm water management and living a healthy balanced lifestyle.

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.