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Summer 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Nature Center Scenes PhotosNature Center Scenes Photos

Amateur Photographers are invited to submit by July 15 their favorite 8 x 10" nature photo taken at Indian Creek Nature Center. Photos will be displayed in August. Reception for exhibit will be August 1, 7-8 pm.

* 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.

* Photo Exhibit ReceptionPhoto Exhibit Reception

Time: 7:00 pm

Opening Reception for the Amateur photo exhibit. "Nature Center Scenes". Drop in to meet these talented photographers and view their photos of the Indian Creek Nature Center. Please call to register 362-0664. Free event. 7 - 8 pm in our second floor auditorium. .

* Mid-Summer’s Eve Labyrinth Mid-Summer’s Eve Labyrinth

Time: 7:30 pm

Mid-Summer’s Eve Appreciation Walk Friday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. Indian Creek Nature Center Nothing speaks Original Iowa more than the tall grass prairie. From the rich soils that developed over millennia today’s Iowans reap our harvest. Let us absorb the beauty of the diverse flora and fauna that call prairies home and give thanks for bounty. Join Marion Patterson, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and Kathy Davis of Illuminations, at the Prairie Labyrinth at Indian Creek Nature Center for a High Summer Labyrinth Walk. Dress for the weather. Apply repellent as needed. Bring a water bottle if desired. Park at the Lynch Wetland west of the prairie or park along on Otis Road at the trail entrance. Meet at the trail entrance (we will be waiting) Register on-line through Indian Creek Nature Center by noon August 1st. Fee: $5.00 teens and adults each.

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* Eager Beaver ExplorersEager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

Become an eager beaver who's excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go for a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty! THIS CAMP IS FULL no more registrations will be accepted.

* Spies, Explorers & Navigators Spies, Explorers & Navigators

Time: 9:00 am

Spies, Explorers & Navigators in the Wild - Ages 6,7,8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27. Play predator/prey games and camouflage games to see how animals survive, hone your observation skills to discover animal tracks, trails and signs, and discover the mammals, birds, insects and reptiles that hide and hunt in woods and prairie. your "spy skills" as well as gaming skills will help you find the way. Limited to 12 participants. COST: $125 members; $145 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Eager Beaver ExplorersEager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

Become an eager beaver who's excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go for a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty! THIS CAMP IS FULL no more registrations will be accepted.

* Spies, Explorers & Navigators Spies, Explorers & Navigators

Time: 9:00 am

Spies, Explorers & Navigators in the Wild - Ages 6,7,8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27. Play predator/prey games and camouflage games to see how animals survive, hone your observation skills to discover animal tracks, trails and signs, and discover the mammals, birds, insects and reptiles that hide and hunt in woods and prairie. your "spy skills" as well as gaming skills will help you find the way. Limited to 12 participants. COST: $125 members; $145 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Eager Beaver ExplorersEager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

Become an eager beaver who's excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go for a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty! THIS CAMP IS FULL no more registrations will be accepted.

* Spies, Explorers & Navigators Spies, Explorers & Navigators

Time: 9:00 am

Spies, Explorers & Navigators in the Wild - Ages 6,7,8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27. Play predator/prey games and camouflage games to see how animals survive, hone your observation skills to discover animal tracks, trails and signs, and discover the mammals, birds, insects and reptiles that hide and hunt in woods and prairie. your "spy skills" as well as gaming skills will help you find the way. Limited to 12 participants. COST: $125 members; $145 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Eager Beaver ExplorersEager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

Become an eager beaver who's excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go for a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty! THIS CAMP IS FULL no more registrations will be accepted.

* Spies, Explorers & Navigators Spies, Explorers & Navigators

Time: 9:00 am

Spies, Explorers & Navigators in the Wild - Ages 6,7,8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27. Play predator/prey games and camouflage games to see how animals survive, hone your observation skills to discover animal tracks, trails and signs, and discover the mammals, birds, insects and reptiles that hide and hunt in woods and prairie. your "spy skills" as well as gaming skills will help you find the way. Limited to 12 participants. COST: $125 members; $145 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Create Naturally Create Naturally

Time: 9:00 am

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. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations are being accepted.

* Animals Amok!Animals Amok!

Time: 7:00 pm

Join storyteller Darrin Crow and the Nature Center staff around the bonfire for stories of mischief and mayhem from the tricksters of the animal kingdom- Rabbit, Raven, Coyote, Fox, and more. Registration available soon online. Fees will apply.

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* Grant Wood's Indian CreekGrant Wood's Indian Creek

Time: 6:30 pm

Enjoy a casual walk along the Sac and Fox Trail to find possible scenes depicted in Grant Wood’s paintings of Indian Creek. Match the scenes from the paintings to today’s Indian Creek landscape and hear stories of Grant Wood’s adventures along Rosedale Road. Walk is co-sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Indian Creek Nature Center to celebrate both Grant Wood and International Art Appreciation Week. Registration is REQUIRED by Wed., August 6th through the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art by calling 366-7503 or online at ethomas@crma.org.

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* Spelunking at Maquoketa CavesSpelunking at Maquoketa Caves

Time: 8:00 am

Ages 9 and older. Meets from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Monday, August 11. Meets at the Nature Center. Caves are cool, mysterious and a challenge to explore! Crawl underground to experience one of Iowa's fabulous natural wonders. Join our professional staff for adventure, a search for cave formations, lessons in geology and an overall great time. Limited to 12 participants with an 8 participant minimum. COST: $55 Members; $65 Non-Members. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* One Day Adv Let's Go Fishin'One Day Adv Let's Go Fishin'

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 6-8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tuesday, August 12. Explore the pond and Indian Creek to learn about fish, crawdaddies, frogs, dragon-flies and dozens more aquatic critters. We'll go fishing with poles to see just what is swimming in the pond. Limited to 10 children. COST $35 Members; $45 Non-Members. 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. Wednesday, August 13.. 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.

* Trail Trekkers-Backyard BirdsTrail Trekkers-Backyard Birds

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Do you have a bird feeder in your backyard? Come do some bird watching at the Nature Center's bird blind, and learn a little more about what makes birds special. Learn what feathers are made of, what birds like to eat, and see how many different birds we can find. 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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* 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

* One Day Adv Creek StompersOne Day Adv Creek Stompers

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 6-9. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Thursday, August 14 Explore sandbars, riffles and quiet pools along Indian Creek. We'll make and use minnow traps, discover where the crayfish hide, and catch the small aquatic critters that fish eat! Be prepared to be wet and probably a bit muddy! Limited to 12 participants. COST: $35 member; $45 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

* Trail Trekkers-Backyard BirdsTrail Trekkers-Backyard Birds

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Do you have a bird feeder in your backyard? Come do some bird watching at the Nature Center's bird blind, and learn a little more about what makes birds special. Learn what feathers are made of, what birds like to eat, and see how many different birds we can find. 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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* Perseid PartyPerseid Party

Time: 9:00 pm

This will be a great night to spend in good company learning about constellations, stars, planets, and watching for satellites and shooting stars! Clear skies will allow us to search for hidden gems above! Binoculars and telescopes will be available, but feel free to bring your own, along with a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Attendees will be eligible to enter to win a brand new pair of Alpen Shasta Ridge binoculars! If cloudy, we’ll go on a night hike. The Perseid meteor shower occurs from August 12-16th. During the peak (Aug. 12-13) this shower can produce up to 60 meteors an hour.

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* Trail Trekkers - Fishy FriendsTrail Trekkers - Fishy Friends

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult and meets from 9:30 to 10:30 am Meet me at the wetland just down the road! See what lives in the ponds, and do a little net fishing. Explore the mud and see what other little critters live in the bottom of the pond. Figure out how fish breathe, what they eat, what color they are, and with whom they share their watery world. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-member child. Program is for child with/parent or other adult. Online registration will be available after March 15, 2014.

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* Trail Trekkers-Fishy FriendsTrail Trekkers-Fishy Friends

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult and meets from 9:30 to 10:30 am Meet me at the wetland just down the road! See what lives in the ponds, and do a little net fishing. Explore the mud and see what other little critters live in the bottom of the pond. Figure out how fish breathe, what they eat, what color they are, and with whom they share their watery world. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-member child. Program is for child with/parent or other adult. 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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* Stream Walking in Hot AugustStream Walking in Hot August

Time: 1:00 pm

. Remember the fun of playing in the creek when you were a kid? Enjoy a casual walk with a naturalist up one of the Nature Center’s two streams to explore life along the stream and cool your feet. Enjoy some dip netting. Wear sandals or watershoes. No bare feet. Registration suggested. COST: M/$5 NM/$6 Children/$2

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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.