Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Fall Mushrooms Photo ExhibitFall Mushrooms Photo Exhibit

October-November: Fall Mushrooms Photography by Roger Heidt. Exhibit in the barn. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4; Saturday 11-4.

* 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

* BSA -"Birds" - Wolf Cub BSA -"Birds" - Wolf Cub

Time: 6:00 pm

The Nature Center is the place to be if you enjoy watching our feathered friends and learning more about them! Discover the mysteries of migration, build your very own bird feeder, and play bird games in this fun-filled workshop. (Fulfills Requirements: a, c, d & e.) Registration closes Oct. 1st. 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. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ATTENDANCE.

* GSA - Wonders of WaterGSA - Wonders of Water

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Brownie “Become” a droplet of water circling around in Earth’s water cycle. Explore a watershed and learn how it works! Create a rainbow and special art using watercolors. You will discover that water is our most valuable resource as you explore innovative ways to save and protect it. Visit a bioswale, discover and experiment with cement that soaks up rain and find out what a rain garden is! We will lead you on part of the Wonders of Water Journey. 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 to register online

* Home School-Migrating BirdsHome School-Migrating Birds

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program - Birds, Migration and Preparing for Winter. The outdoor world is scrambling to prepare for the cold and snow. Bird activities are what we most often notice where you live in an urban or rural setting. Learn about how birds that stay in Iowa survive, how those that migrate know when & where, and how you can help those that stay. Learn about Citizen Scientist migration studies you can take part in. 1 ½ hours. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

* BSA - Water & Soil Cons.BSA - Water & Soil Cons.

Time: 6:00 pm

Bear Cub Elective #15 - “Water and Soil Conservation” Friday, October 17, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 PM this workshop is CLOSED. No additional registrations accepted.

* GSA - Nature's ArtGSA - Nature's Art

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30-11:00 AM. Girl Scouts - Daisy - Explore art in nature! Colors, shapes and textures are vibrant in the world around you. Spend time creating artwork from natural materials. Consider the sources and original locations of these materials. We will lead you on part of the Between Earth and Sky Journey. 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 to register online

* Migration: Fall PhenomenonMigration: Fall Phenomenon

Time: 1:00 pm

Migration: The Fall Nature Phenomenon Saturday, October 18, 1 PM Explore the mysterious migrations of birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Learn how various creatures know when and where to go. Explore large and small migration journeys. M $3; NM $5; children $2.

* Eagle Scout OrientationEagle Scout Orientation

Time: 9:00 am

Interested in learning more about eagle scout service project opportunities at ICNC? Come and learn about available upcoming projects and begin the process. Preregistration required.

* Gather Prairie Seed Gather Prairie Seed

Time: 11:00 am

Gather Prairie Seed for Your Yard Saturday, October 25 11 AM-1 PM After decades of successful prairie restoration, the Nature Center is sharing its seed. Learn restoration basics and seed collection strategies. Spend time with our land stewards collecting seed for your prairie project. Bring a paper bag for seed collecting. Cost: $15 plus a large paper bag for your seed.

* Halloween Fun - Scary Stories!Halloween Fun - Scary Stories!

Time: 2:00 pm

Halloween Fun at the Nature Center: Scary Stories! Saturday, October 25, 2 PM. Join master storyteller Darrin Crow for stories that bump, jump, and thump! Darrin’s animated performance will actively engage adults and children alike as they enjoy these slightly scary and very fun tales. Create a mask to conceal yourself from all scary critters. Register at or call 319 362-0664. Children (ages 5 & up): M $2; NM $3. Adults: M $4; NM $5.

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Creekside Shop



Monday – Friday 9-4
Saturday 11-4

Every season you will find something new!  All proceeds benefit the educational programs & operation of Indian Creek  Nature Center. Become a Member & Receive 10% off most items in the Creekside Shop. Most Major Credit Cards accepted.

Items available online:

Click product name to go to purchase page.

Square 030Pure Maple Syrup

  • Always in stock
  • One pint, shipped in two half pint bottles
  • Additional sizes available in Creekside Shop


Ivy rain barrel

Rain Barrels

  • Ivy 50 Gallon Rain Barrels
  • Buy online and pick up in Creekside Shop



Bat HousesSONY DSC

  • Bats offer an effective and environmentally friendly way to reduce the mosquito population
  • Solid wood construction, painted and shingled
  • Fits 100 bat colony
  • Easily mounts to your tree, house or a pole
  • Buy online and pick up in Creekside Shop


Items available in the Creekside Shop:



  • Always in stock
  • 12 oz, 3lb  & 5 lb

Pure Maple Syrup

  • Always in stock
  • 1/2 pint, full pint, half gallon and full gallon sizes available

Rain Barrels

  •  Ivy 50 Gallon Rain Barrels – in stock in the Creekside Shop or purchase online.

SONY DSCFor Children of all ages:

  • Solar Science Kits
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Finger & Hand Puppets – critters, birds, insects
  • Critter and Butterfly nets
  • Animal, Flower & Bird – stickers, stencils, tattoos
  • Rock kits
  • Hot Spark Fire Starter – Boy Scouts of America
  • Critter magnifiers
  • Frog – mobile, bouncy balls
  • Nature themed Bingo Games

Chico Brand

  • Day packs
  • Shopping bags
  • Travel Kits

Local and handmade

  • walking sticks horn handled canes
  • willow trellis and plant tower

Note cards

  • Beautiful sets featuring Birds, Plants, Nature scenes

Books for all ages

  • Herbs
  • Gardening
  • Birds – identification, journals
  • Butterflies
  • Stars & Night Sky
  • Art from nature
  • Weather
  • Composting
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking
  • Sustainable living
  • Iowa – Hiking, trails, canoeing, travel, plants, animals, birds
  • Young readers, adventure stories,  how-to books,  identification guides
  • “Hunting Red” , a children’s book by our own Land Steward, Jean Wiedenheft
  • Children & Adult activity guides


T-Shirts & Caps

  • Advice from the: Wetland, Moon, Prairie, Wildflowers, Woodland – shirt styles change with the season
  • Butterfly & Dragonfly shirts that change color in the sun
  • Ball caps and visors with ICNC logo
  • 40th Anniversary original design t-shirts “Meet Me in the Bushes”



  • Maple Nut popcorn
  • Honey Sticks – wide variety with special summer flavors
  • Honey Candy
  • Ice cold bottled water