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Summer 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Labor Day - All trails openLabor Day - All trails open

Labor Holiday - all trails are open for your enjoyment. Offices and buildings are closed.

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* Level 3 OrienteeringLevel 3 Orienteering

Time: 1:00 pm

Level 3 Orienteering: Compass and Topographic Maps Saturday,September 6, 1 PM. Bring your own compass or borrow one of ours for an off-trail orienteering experience using a topographic map and compass skills to find controls. Begin with an instructional session on reading topo maps and basic compass skills. Participants will then explore the woods and prairie to find several controls using their compass and map skills. Be prepared to be off trail! This experience is for both the beginner and the experienced! To register go to indiancreeknaturecenter.org Individuals: M $5; NM $8. Family: M $10; NM $15.

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* Tallgrass Prairies!Tallgrass Prairies!

September 11 through November 11: Tallgrass Prairies: Past, Present and Future. Enjoy this professional exhibit created by the Iowa Association of Naturalists. On display in the barn. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4; Sat. 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

* Backyard Chicken Basics Backyard Chicken Basics

Time: 7:00 pm

Backyard Chicken Basics Thursday, September 11, 7:00 PM 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. Registration required by 4:00 PM Wednesday, Sept. 10. Cost: M: $7; NM: $10. This will be our only fall chicken class -sign up today!

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* Grant Wood’s Indian CreekGrant Wood’s Indian Creek

Time: 8:30 am

Grant Wood’s Impressions of Indian Creek Saturday, September 13 8:30-11 AM Grant Wood loved to paint the beauty of Indian Creek, which you can see in the collection of his Impressionistic paintings on display at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Grant Wood: American Impressionist. Follow in Wood’s footsteps as we hike along the water and set up an easel to capture Indian Creek’s beauty, painting en plein air, or “in plain air” just as he did. Create your own watercolor landscape with professional instruction. This class is great for all skill levels, so beginners are welcome! To register, contact the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art at (319) 366-7503 by Wed., Sept. 10. M $10; NM $15.

* Watershed ForumWatershed Forum

Time: 10:00 am

Watershed Forum Saturday, September 13 10-11:30 AM Todd Dorman, columnist and editorial board member of The Gazette, will keynote a water quality forum and panel. Panelists include Steve Cooper, storm water manager, City of Marion; Jennifer Fenci, Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority; Rich Patterson, retired director, Indian Creek Nature Center; Martin St. Clair, Coe College chemistry professor; and Curt Zingula, farmer, Linn County. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Linn County. Free.

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* Teacher Naturalist TrainingTeacher Naturalist Training

Time: 12:00 pm

Experience our Pond and Wetland Field Trip for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. We will begin in the auditorium but will move outdoors to the ponds for a hands-on experience. Be prepared for possible mud. This training is Free and Fun! Call 362-0664 for more information.

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* GSA - Senses BadgeGSA - Senses Badge

Time: 9:30 am

"Eyes, Fingers, Ears and Nose". Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. 9:30 - 11 am. Girl Scout Daisy - Your senses come alive in nature! Come participate in an exciting nature scavenger hunt, listen to nature sounds, sniff out some interesting smells, and feel the different textures found around the nature Center. We'll have a snack to explore our taste buds. This completes the Senses badge.

* GSA -Bug ClubGSA -Bug Club

Time: 12:30 pm

Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:30-2:30 PM. Girls Scouts - Brownie. Insects are everywhere and an important part of our world. Become an amateur entomologist and learn all about bugs. Observe bugs in nature, learn the usefulness of many insects, and visit our observation honey bee hive. Craft a home for pollinators for your backyard. Capture bugs in our prairie and learn about their role in nature. This completes most of the Bug badge. 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.

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* Bee Amazing Trail Run/WalkBee Amazing Trail Run/Walk

Time: 11:00 am

Explore the trails on an official route around the Indian Creek Nature Center! Register in advance, and plan to stay for Honey Fest afterward! Adult Run/Walk participants get in to Honey Fest FREE!

* Honey FestHoney Fest

Time: 12:00 pm

12:00 - 4:00 pm Annual Honey Fest celebration. Family Fun - enjoy honey lemonade, kid's crafts, food, music, games, demonstrations, beeswax candle making and the famous Live Bee Beard! Learn about bees and how you can support a healthy bee populations!

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* Home School-Monarch ButterflyHome School-Monarch Butterfly

Time: 1:00 pm

The Monarch Butterfly Story Thursday, September 25, 1 PM. Learn about amazing Monarch butterflies and their unique life cycles and adaptations. You will participate in a monarch role-playing migration game, learn about all butterflies and moths and their various life cycle survival strategies, and use nets to capture migrating monarch and tag them for the University of Kansas’ Monarch Watch migration study. 1 ½ hours. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining. COST: $5 per student age 5 and older.

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* Naturalist Badge - BSA WebeloNaturalist Badge - BSA Webelo

Time: 6:00 pm

Naturalist Badge Friday, September 26, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM 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. Registration closes Sept. 16th. (Fulfills Requirements: 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11.)

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* GSA - Animal AdventuresGSA - Animal Adventures

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Junior Who lives in your wild backyard? Discover several animal habitats at the Nature Center. Explore animal homes and create your own bird feeder to help the birds. Investigate endangered habitats: the arctic, prairie, and rain forest. How can we help protect them? Discover who lives in your own backyard habitat. This completes most of the Animal Habitats badge. 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.

* Celebrate Prairie DayCelebrate Prairie Day

Time: 1:00 pm

Celebrate Prairie Day Saturday, September 27 Join us for one or both Prairie Day programs for one low fee! M $3; NM $5; children $2. 1 PM Join our naturalist for a hands-on exploration of the Tallgrass Prairies: Past, Present and Future exhibit. The Iowa Association of Naturalists created this professional exhibit. Experience hands-on activities, games, and a “fun for all ages” prairie scavenger hunt. 2:30 PM “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie” documentary This award-winning documentary, created by Daryl Smith, University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center, features “extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images, delicately interwoven to create a powerful and moving viewing experience.”

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* Fall Wild EdiblesFall Wild Edibles

Time: 1:00 pm

Fall Wild Edibles! Sunday, September 28, 1 PM Fall is a season of bountiful wild edibles including nuts, roots, mushrooms, and much more! Join botanist Christine Kirpes to learn about the fall feast that’s waiting for you. We’ll start by learning identification and preparation basics indoors, then move outdoors to forage for food in the “wild.” M $8; NM $12.

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We’re Wild about Volunteers

Cedar Rapids Water Pollution Control & Genencor International employees pull garlic mustard after sowing mesic and wet mesic prairie mixes along the railroad tracks on the east side of Indian CreekAnyone with a love of nature is invited to become an Indian Creek Nature Center volunteer!  Only time and enthusiasm are required. Volunteers make Nature Center programs available and affordable for more children, adults and families.  Volunteers learn new skills, do interesting things and meet friendly people while learning more about nature and the environment.  Plus, as a Nature Center volunteer, you will be working for a unique and special place that needs your help.

While most of our volunteers are adults, young people are welcome to volunteer at the Nature Center as well!  Youth can volunteer individually or as part of a larger group such as a class, scout troop, church or social group.  We have many projects that are perfect for volunteer groups including spreading woodchips on trails, prairie seed collection, litter clean-ups, land restoration projects and more.

Everyone is busy these days but the Nature Center staff and our other volunteers will appreciate and utilize any amount of time you can give. It’s truly a rewarding experience.  We provide training either individually or in a group.

What Do Volunteers Do?

A teacher naturalist leads a group of school children on a walk through a prairie at the Indian Creek Nature Center.

  • Lead programs for elementary classes
  • Lead preschool programs
  • Work on trails and the barn
  • Assist with the Plant Sale and Nature’s Noel
  • Transplant wildflowers and collect prairie seeds
  • Help with habitat restoration projects
  • Help design and build exhibits
  • Monitor bluebird trails
  • Help with maple syrup programs and the annual Maple Syrup Festival in March
  • Share their special nature-related skills and knowledge in programs
  • Serve as members of Board Committees or on the Board of Directors
  • Enjoy “get togethers” just for fun (hikes, potlucks, etc)
  • Help with Honey Fest

Come! Bring your Ideas and Talents

Teacher Naturalists are volunteers who lead elementary students on visits to the Nature Center as part of their science curriculum. Teacher Naturalists (TNs) are leaders, organizers, teachers and most of all inspirers. They are most active in the spring and fall. Teaching experience is not required!  You are only required to have an interest in nature that you want to share with others. Several days of training are offered each session.

Two ICNC Guild members get their table ready for the annual Spring Plant Sale at the Nature Center.The Nature Center Guild is an active group of women and men organized to provide financial support to the Nature Center through two annual fund-raisers: a plant sale in early May and Nature’s Noel, a crafts and food sale in early December. Throughout the year these volunteers gather to plan and prepare sale items while building friendships during potlucks, garden walks and work sessions. New members are always welcomed and needed, whether their contribution is an interest in plants, cooking and baking, crafts and woodworking, marketing and sales, organizing and planning, or simply enthusiasm for the Nature Center.

It’s easy to get started!  Stop in or call the Nature Center at 319-362-0664.