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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

Registration is FULL, no more registrations will be accepted. NO WALK-INS. 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

This session is closed, no more registrations will be accepted. 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. This session is closed, no more registrations will be accepted. 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) registration is closed, watch for this amazing day next spring! 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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Parents

Indian Creek Nature Center offers many family and kids’ activities and programs designed to connect children with the environment.  Most are divided by age and offer a varying level of interaction.  Look for programs shaded in blue on our calendar.

Ribbit’s Preschool Adventure

Ribbit’s preschool programs are designed for children 3-6 years of age, accompanied by an adult,  presented on a monthly basis.  Each program lasts approximately 60 minutes. Check our calendar for each month’s adventure.

Bringing Nature Home

This is a program designed to give parents information and activities with which to engage their children (particularly young children) in nature activities at home. Programs will include an activity at the Nature Center and materials to replicate the activity at home. Programs occur at least monthly, often more frequently.  See the calendar for specific dates and activities.

2014-2015 Home School Programs
“Explore Your Wild World”
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Fee:  $5 per student  age 5 and older

Parents are encouraged to attend at no cost. If students attend alone, parent must complete and sign a permission/emergency contact form before the program.

Download a PDF brochure of all home school programs listed below here.


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The Monarch Butterfly Story”
Thursday, September 25, 2014
1:00-2:30 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. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining.

“Birds, Migration and Preparing for Winter”
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
1:00-2:30 PM
The outdoor world is scrambling to prepare for the cold and snow. Learn about how birds that stay in Iowa survive, how those that migrate know when and where to go, and how you can help those that stay. Learn about Citizen Scientist migration studies you can take part in. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining.

“Exploring Iowa Habitats”
Thursday, November 13, 2014
1:00-3:00 PM
The beautiful fall prairie and woods is waiting for you to experience and explore. Take a scientific look to learn about the specific animals and plants that use each  habitat and the habitat’s unique conditions. Learn about food chains, photosynthesis, layers of life in each habitat, and special features different plant and animals have to help them live in these very different habitats. Be prepared to be outdoors on the trails. If raining, the program will be held on Monday, November 17 at 1 PM.

“Iowa’s Geology”
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
1:00-2:30 PM
Many geological forces have shaped Iowa’s landscape. Learn how oceans, erosion, rivers & glaciers have shaped and carved  the “land between two rivers.”   Learn to identify the different kinds of rocks, discover how they form and perform experiments on various common Iowa minerals to identify each. Iowa has a rich geology that is an important part of our natural history.

“Eagles, Owls and Hawks: The Raptors”
Thursday, January 8, 2015
1:00-2:30 PM
Owl, hawks and eagles are common raptors with fascinating stories. Discover the special ways each hunts and survives in Iowa. Dissect an owl pellet to discover what it has been eating. Learn about the amazing flight abilities of our hawks and falcons. A short hike will take us to the Cedar River to view eagles. Bring your binoculars or borrow ours.

“Water: We Can’t Live Without It”
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
1:00-2:30 PM
Water is everywhere, even is some surprising places. But is there enough?   Learn about the water cycle and where water is hidden. Learn about water issues both here in the U.S. and around the world as you experience hands-on and sometimes wet activities.

“Your Maple Syruping Heritage”
Thursday, March 5, 2015
1:00-2:30 PM
Maple syrup making has an interesting and unique history. Discover both the history and how-to’s of  maple syruping as you use tools to tap trees, visit a sugar house and enjoy maple syrup on ice cream. Learn how to make maple syrup at home from your own maple tree. Reading Little House in the Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a great preparation for your experience.

“Plants, Pollinators and Seeds”
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
1:00-2:30 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.

“Life in the Water: Exploring the Pond”
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
1:00-3:00 PM
This water experience focuses on all the life that lives in and around the pond and creek. The water habitats are home to many creatures, both unique and bizarre, that survive and thrive in their wet world. Use scientific tools to measure the water quality of our pond and use nets to collect and examine the life in the pond. Be prepared for mud.   If raining, we will have an indoor pond experience using pre-collected aquatic life.

 

Summer Camp Programs

Summer Nature Camp programs offer a variety of summer outdoor experiences for preschool to pre-teen children. After-hours opportunities include Friday evening summer programming for the whole family. more details