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* Discover Volunteering at the NDiscover Volunteering at the N

Time: 7:00 pm

There are countless opportunities for volunteering at the Nature Center! Volunteering is a wonderful way to share your skills, learn something new, meet great people, make a difference and have fun! Join us for dessert and a discussion of all the possibilities. Please call 319-362-0664 to register. Free.

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* Monarch PartyMonarch Party

Time: 12:45 pm

Bring a lunch and discover the fascinating world of monarch butterflies. Learn about the Nature Center’s efforts to protect and help this amazing insect. Tour our butterfly hoop house. Program length: 45 minutes. M $2; NM $3.

* Blue Zones Project Walking MoaBlue Zones Project Walking Moa

Time: 5:30 pm

A Walking Moai is a group of people who meet once a week to walk together to socialize and exercise. This is a great way to meet new people that share a passion for the beautiful outdoors. It improves longevity, too! Join us for this event which will be the first in a ten-week Walking Moai program. Presented in partnership with Blue Zones. Program length: one hour. Free.

* Blue Zones Purpose WorkshopBlue Zones Purpose Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Looking for "the good life?" Research shows that most of us feel we've reached that milestone when we also feel that our lives matter. Of course we all want our lives to have a purpose, to matter. And people with purpose live an average of seven years longer. The Purpose Workshop helps clarify the things we want from life and the actions we can take to get there. For more information and to register, visit https:iowa.bluezonesproject.comevents7842. Program length: two hours. Free.

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* CLOSED - Labor DayCLOSED - Labor Day

Buildings and offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday. All trails are open sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

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* Preschool: Spider SafariPreschool: Spider Safari

Time: 10:00 am

Preschool Trail Trekkers: Spider Safari Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9, 10 AM It’s like our popular Trail Trekkers summer camps for preschoolers, now offered all year long! And better yet, it’s free! Why are there so many spider webs outside in the fall? How are spiders different from other bugs? Learn about this and more as we study these wonderful eight-legged creatures. Discover fun facts about spiders and go on a spider “hunt.” For preschoolers and parents. Call 319-362-0664 to register. Program length: 45 minutes. Free program brought to you by Central Iowa Power Cooperative.

* Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.

Time: 5:30 pm

Enjoy a walk on the nature center trails. Bring a friend or make a new friend! Adult activity, no dogs. Great stress relief right after your work day! Fall colors will be here soon. Breathe Deep... FREE. Registration is not necessary. Please be on time as the group will leave the center promptly.

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* Garden PartyGarden Party

Time: 5:00 pm

Garden Party Wednesday, September 9, 5-7 PM Join the Garden Party crew each month to volunteer on the Nature Center grounds and discuss upcoming projects. This month, explore our woodland trails as we prepare for the upcoming Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest. We will be removing debris from the trails, and snipping back vines, multiflora rose, bare berry and raspberries that are creeping onto the trails. We will also discuss opportunities for volunteering at the Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest on September 19. Pack your water bottle and wear hiking shoes or boots. Free.

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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

* Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.

Time: 5:30 pm

Enjoy a walk on the nature center trails. Bring a friend or make a new friend! Adult activity, no dogs. Great stress relief right after your work day! Fall colors will be here soon. Breathe Deep... FREE. Registration is not necessary. Please be on time as the group will leave the center promptly.

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* Rockin' the Rafters!Rockin' the Rafters!

Time: 7:00 pm

Rockin' the Rafters! Friday, September 11, 7 PM Join us for an evening of fun and music in the barn. Sing familiar sing-along songs and learn great new ones! Sheila Stevens will provide the music and lyrics. Fun for the whole family. Program length: one hour. Adults: M $4; NM $5. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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* Backyard Chicken WorkshopBackyard Chicken Workshop

Time: 10:00 am

Backyard Chicken Workshop Saturday, September 12, 10 AM Learn the basics required to safely and successfully raise hens in urban and suburban areas. Participants will receive a certificate of completion enabling them to get a permit to legally keep chickens in Cedar Rapids and other communities. Registration required by 4 PM on Friday, September 11. Program length: 90 minutes. M $10; NM $12.

* Tag Migrating MonarchsTag Migrating Monarchs

Time: 1:00 pm

Tag Migrating Monarchs Saturday, September 12, 1 PM Catch and tag butterflies in our prairie for Monarch Watch. Learn about the monarch butterfly migration. Was the summer migration successful? Learn ways you can help monarchs all year as well as during this incredible 3000-mile journey. Advance registration recommended. Program Length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 4-12: $2.

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* Home School Pond/Wetland Ecol.Home School Pond/Wetland Ecol.

Time: 10:00 am

Home School Students: Ponds and Wetland Ecology Monday, September 14, 10 AM The ponds are filled with fish, amphibian and insect life by the end of summer.. Explore, capture, and discover how everyone survives and thrives in their watery habitat. Employ STEM science as you examine the beaver, the pond engineer who creates entire habitats; and test the water quality of Lynch Wetland. Please register by Sunday, September 15. Program length: 2 hours. $5 per student.

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* Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.

Time: 5:30 pm

Enjoy a walk on the nature center trails. Bring a friend or make a new friend! Adult activity, no dogs. Great stress relief right after your work day! Fall colors will be here soon. Breathe Deep... FREE. Registration is not necessary. Please be on time as the group will leave the center promptly.

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* Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.

Time: 5:30 pm

Enjoy a walk on the nature center trails. Bring a friend or make a new friend! Adult activity, no dogs. Great stress relief right after your work day! Fall colors will be here soon. Breathe Deep... FREE. Registration is not necessary. Please be on time as the group will leave the center promptly.

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* Honey FestHoney Fest

Time: 10:00 am

HONEY FEST and THE SWEET TRAIL RUN Saturday, September 19, 10 AM-2 PM Our hard-working honeybees provide us with a sweet harvest each fall. At this fun family event, you will experience how this sweet treat goes from prairie blossom to breakfast table, and enjoy games, crafts like tie dyeing and wax candle making, live music and more! New for 2015: suit up for an apiary tour, and discover the Nature Center on our Campus Explore tour. Honey Fest Ticket prices: $4 in advance (online or in-person at the Nature Center) and $5 at the door. Ages 3 and under FREE. Paid participants of the Sweet Trail Run get in for free.

* Sweet Trail Run Sweet Trail Run

Time: 11:00 am

Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest Saturday, September 19, 11 AM start The Corridor’s premier trail run is back for a second year! Held during the Nature Center’s annual Honey Fest, the Sweet Trail Run offers families, kids and seasoned runners alike an opportunity to enjoy a healthy activity outdoors. Both runners and walkers will enjoy this year’s 1.8 mile course winding through hilly woodlands, open prairie and along Indian Creek on the Nature Center’s beautiful grounds. All paid participants will receive an exclusive t-shirt, goody bag, and free admission to Honey Fest. Save the date and get registered today! Website and registration link: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/sweettrailrun Fees: Adult runners: $25; adult walkers and children: $15. Register by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 7 to guarantee t-shirt availability. Prices increase by $5 after September 7.

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* Animal AdaptationsAnimal Adaptations

Time: 12:00 pm

Animal Adaptations Tuesday, September 22, Noon-12:45 PM This program is focused on helping adults learn creative ways to engage children in outdoor learning. Our teacher-naturalists will be present, but all are welcome, including kids! Bring a lunch, explore animal adaptations, and create fun, interactive rainy day “animal interviews.” We’ll share a new twist on beavers, and introduce you to pocket gophers, bobcats, and others. Program length: 45 minutes. M $2; NM $3.

* Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.

Time: 5:30 pm

Enjoy a walk on the nature center trails. Bring a friend or make a new friend! Adult activity, no dogs. Great stress relief right after your work day! Fall colors will be here soon. Breathe Deep... FREE. Registration is not necessary. Please be on time as the group will leave the center promptly.

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* Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.

Time: 5:30 pm

Enjoy a walk on the nature center trails. Bring a friend or make a new friend! Adult activity, no dogs. Great stress relief right after your work day! Fall colors will be here soon. Breathe Deep... FREE. Registration is not necessary. Please be on time as the group will leave the center promptly.

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* Harvest Moon Walk Harvest Moon Walk

Time: 8:00 pm

Harvest Moon Walk Friday, September 25, 8 PM The moon is almost full: enjoy a walk under the soft light of September's almost full super-moon. Learn about the lore of harvest moons and the science of a super-moon. If overcast, we will conduct the walk; if raining, we will cancel. Program length: 90 minutes. M $4; NM $6.

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* Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.Walking Moai Blue Zones Proj.

Time: 5:30 pm

Enjoy a walk on the nature center trails. Bring a friend or make a new friend! Adult activity, no dogs. Great stress relief right after your work day! Fall colors will be here soon. Breathe Deep... FREE. Registration is not necessary. Please be on time as the group will leave the center promptly.

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Rain Barrels & Accessories

 

Rain Water Solutions “Ivy” Rain Barrel

The 50-gallon “Ivy” rain barrel provides a new era of design innovation for an economical price. Available in forest green. Made in Iowa of 50% recycled plastic, Ivy carries a 3-year warranty.  Ivy has a child-resistant lid, a redesigned screened intake, two big overflow ports to handle heavy rains and is easy to expand. In fact, people have chained up to four barrels together to handle overflow! No extra trips to the hardware store—all components included to start collecting and using your rainwater!

The Ivy is in stock for immediate pick-up.

COST:  $100  ( local big box/hardware stores pricing at least $50 more)
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Accessories

To order accessories, call the Nature Center at 319-362-0664.

Rain Barrel Stands

Rain Barrels Iowa has custom-designed sturdy rain barrel stands, hand-built with pressurized lumber to withstand the elements. These are available for single or double barrel set up. The stand front is recessed 4” to allow easy bucket or hose access to the spigot. Deluxe stand has front shelf for bucket.

Single stand is 24″ x 24″ and either 9″, 12″ or 18″ tall
Standard—$40.00 or $47.00 (18″)
Deluxe—$55.00 (18″)

Double stand is 24” x 48” and 12” or 24″ tall
Standard—$60.00 (12″) or $75.00 (24″)
Deluxe—$95.00 (24″)

Standard (single) Rain Barrel Stand – $40.00

Deluxe (single) Rain Barrel Stand – $55.00


 

 

 

 

 

Inline Converter 2×3 $40.00; 3×4 $45.00

Offset Converter 2×3 $45.00; 3×4 $50.00

White “Y” Diverter 2×3 $35.00; 3×4 $40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downspout Diverter

Available in 2”x 3” or 3”x 4” sizes in a variety of colors to match your existing downspouts.  Diverter tab allows runoff to be diverted back and forth from downspout to rain barrel as needed.  Call Julie or Suzanne  at 319-362-0664 for color choices.

 

55-gallon spinning composter with stand

55-gallon spinning composter with stand

The 55-gallon capacity Spinning Composter barrel turns on its stand of pressure-treated lumber to aerate and process compost quickly and naturally.  Screw-on lid with screened aeration holes, drip holes in the composter bottom.  Capture excess moisture in a drip pan under the composter to use in fertilizing garden plants.

The barrel is heavy-duty  #2 plastic food shipping barrel, up-cycled to bring you the best composter ever!  Easy to turn:  fill it only to 1/2 full,  set it in the sun where rain can fall into it, and change your compostable scraps, pet hair, razor clippings, vacuum-bag contents, & shredded paper into rich compost to improve your garden.  See the composter in action in the picnic area at the Nature Center.  Price: $175  (Click on image to order)