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* Spelunking at Maquoketa CavesSpelunking at Maquoketa Caves

Time: 8:00 am

Spelunking at Maquoketa CavesEdit Monday August 3rd, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This camp is FULL. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Ages 9 and older 8:00 am - 4:00 pm $55 Member child $65 Non Member child Limited to 12 participants

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* Creek Stompers 2Creek Stompers 2

Time: 9:00 am

Creek Stompers Session 2Edit Ages 6-9 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Camp is FULL. Registration is CLOSED. Thursday, August 14 We will spend time exploring Bena Brook to find sandbars, create dams, and find animal tracks. At Lynch Wetland we’ll use nets to discover and catch the small aquatic life the fish eat and use fishing poles to try to catch the larger fish. $35 Member $45 Non-member Limited to 12 participants

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* Create Naturally Create Naturally

Time: 9:00 am

Session 2 Wednesday, August 5th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The beauty of nature inspires the artist in each of us. We’ll explore nature and capture it using a variety of artistic techniques. Begin by crafting your own personal hiking staff. Explore en plein air art in the wild. Try print making with items from nature, working with clay and some natural collage activities. $35 Members; $50 Nonmembers

* Trail Trekkers-Forest FriendsTrail Trekkers-Forest Friends

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Forest FriendsEdit This camp is full. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult The forest is filled with life. We see it on branches, under leaves, running through the woods, and in all the evidence the animals leave behind. Meet some of our favorite forest friends, learn how they live where they do, and explore their habitats! Prepare for a relatively long hike. $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Trail Trekkers-Forest FriendsTrail Trekkers-Forest Friends

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Forest FriendsEdit This camp is Full. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Thursday, August 6, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult The forest is filled with life. We see it on branches, under leaves, running through the woods, and in all the evidence the animals leave behind. Meet some of our favorite forest friends, learn how they live where they do, and explore their habitats! Prepare for a relatively long hike. $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Orienteering & GeocachingOrienteering & Geocaching

Time: 9:00 am

Orienteering with Compass and Geocaching for Fun (ages 10 and older)Edit Friday, August 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Never abandon traditional skills for technology! Both have important value. Learn to navigate using a topographical map and compass to find your way through the woods. Orienteering is a competitive sport that you will enjoy. Then use GPS technology to discover the fun sport of geocaching. Learn how to program and use a hand-held GPS receiver to find hidden caches on the nature center property. $35 Members; $50 Nonmembers

* Legs: Crawling life in PrairieLegs: Crawling life in Prairie

Time: 6:30 pm

Legs: 2, 4, 6, 8 or more! Crawling Life in the Prairie Friday, August 7, 6:30 PM The prairie is maturing and the invertebrate life is humming, but the insectivores are on the hunt! Take a fun look at the plants, insects, birds and other wildlife that bring the prairie habitat to life. See what you can catch with a net! Program length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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* Into the WoodsInto the Woods

Time: 9:00 am

Into the Woods (Ages 10-11)Edit August 10-13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Knives, knots, rope making, primitive tool making, fires with out matches and reading the wild are all part of this outdoor experience. Learn to use a bow and arrow and well as make and use an atlatl. Experience teamwork, learn skills and gain confidence in your ability to navigate and understand the wild. Limited to 16 campers. $130 Members; $150 Nonmembers

* Wild Cat CampWild Cat Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Wild Cats Camp – Session 3 (ages 8-9)Edit August 10-13 9 a.m. – 3 pm Wild Cats Camp (Ages 8-9) Camp is FULL, registration is closed. Hands-on adventures will take you to every habitat at the nature center. Explore Bena Brook, discover the pine groves, use dip nets at the ponds to catch aquatic critters. Learn about amazing birds, mighty mammals and curious critters that live in Iowa habitats. Play camouflage games to discover how animals survive; discover animal trails, tracks and signs; and learn about the predators who hunt and the prey that escapes. Limited to 12 campers. $130 Members; $150 Nonmembers

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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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* Trees and Quiet A Nature NightTrees and Quiet A Nature Night

Time: 6:30 pm

Trees and Quiet A Nature Night for Caregivers and Children Ages 3-12 Friday, August 14, 6:30-8 PM Are you missing time spent in nature when you could hear sounds other than stomping feet and chatty little voices that scare wildlife away? Here’s your chance to have a little “Trees and Quiet” at Indian Creek Nature Center. While the staff provides nature activities for your children near the barn, you have quiet time to explore the trails, enjoy the birds or marvel at the wildflowers. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Free-will donation. Call to Register 362-0664.

* Mothing: Nighttime HuntMothing: Nighttime Hunt

Time: 8:00 pm

Friday, August 14, 8 PM Hot, muggy August nights are perfect for placing moth bait on trees in the woods and waiting for Catocala or Underwing moths to appear. Jim Durbin and Nature Center staff will lead this fun and informative evening experience. Learn how to attract these colorful moths and bring your flashlight to spot them at our bait sites. Program length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 5-12: $2. (Continued from page 3) ??

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* Trail Trekkers-Pond PalsTrail Trekkers-Pond Pals

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Pond PalsEdit Camp is FULL. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Monday, Aug. 17, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult Meet me at the pond for a muddy fun time! Learn about the frogs and turtles that call this big puddle home. We’ll do a bit of dip net fishing, and see what kind of little bugs, tadpoles and fish we can find! Be sure to wear your old shoes and clothes. Mud is the word for day! $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Trail Trekkers-Pond PalsTrail Trekkers-Pond Pals

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Pond PalsEdit Pond Pals Tuesday, August 18, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult Meet me at the pond for a muddy fun time! Learn about the frogs and turtles that call this big puddle home. We’ll do a bit of dip net fishing, and see what kind of little bugs, tadpoles and fish we can find! Be sure to wear your old shoes and clothes. Mud is the word for day! $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Garden Party: Land StewardsGarden Party: Land Stewards

Time: 5:30 pm

Garden Party: Calling All Land Stewards! Wednesday, August 19, 5:30-7 PM Join the Garden Party crew each month to volunteer on the Nature Center grounds and discuss upcoming land management projects. This month, it’s harvest time! Come harvest some crop from our pizza garden, collect sumac blossoms along the trail and learn how to make your own natural “Gatorade.” Bring your gloves, hat, water bottle and a grocery bag as we work out in the prairie and find some of our own treats along the way. We will also look forward to the honey harvest season. Free

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* Supermoon ExperienceSupermoon Experience

Time: 7:30 pm

Supermoon Experience Saturday, August 29, 7:30 PM Enjoy the first of three fall Supermoons! These moons have a special designation because they are super close to the earth, or perigee. Spend the evening listening to stories of the moon, and admiring the moon through a telescope. Binoculars and telescopes will be available for sharing, but feel free to bring your own. If cloudy, the program will be canceled. Please call ahead if in question. Program length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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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.


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