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* Spring Plant SaleSpring Plant Sale

Time: 9:00 am

Nature Center Guild Annual Spring Plant Sale. You will find wonderful plants of all types, yard art, willow trellis & towers for your yard and garden. Local vendors also offer a wide variety of yard art, foods and garden plants for sale. Open 9 am - noon

* Backyard Chickens Workshop Backyard Chickens Workshop

Time: 2:00 pm

This Class has been rescheduled for Friday, May 8 at 6:30 pm.

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* Full Flower MoonFull Flower Moon

Time: 7:30 pm

Enjoy a casual walk beginning before sunset to enjoy spring ephemeral wildflowers along the trails. Early May is when woodland ephemeral wildflowers are in full bloom. We’ll enjoy a spring sunset and the rising full moon will light our path as we return. Meet at the barn. Walk will be approximately one mile on grass paths and natural trails in both prairie and woods. Individual: M $4; NM $6. Family: M $10; NM $15.

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* Home School-Life in the WaterHome School-Life in the Water

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World” Life in the Water: Exploring the Pond. Wednesday, May 6, 1 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 nets to collect and examine the life in the pond. Be prepared for mud. 2 hours. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* Backyard Chickens Workshop Backyard Chickens Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Backyard Chickens Workshop Friday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 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 PM on Thursday, April 30. M $10; NM $12.

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* IOWATER WorkshopIOWATER Workshop

Time: 8:30 am

IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an introductory workshop in the auditorium. Participants will learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers, and lakes through classroom instruction and hands-on training. Registration fees are $20 per person or $30 for a team and cover all program fees, meals, and testing equipment. Pre-registration required by May 2. For more information or to register, please visit www.iowadnr.gov/iowater and click on “Calendar of Events.”

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* Cub Corner: Tree TalkCub Corner: Tree Talk

Time: 10:00 am

We invite preschoolers and parents to join us for an exciting adventure each month in Cub Corner. Did you know that trees tell stories? Come hear great stories from apartment trees and the animals that live in them. Learn the parts of a tree, explore the years and celebrate a tree’s birthday by learning to read tree rings! Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and do a craft. Children: M $5; NM $8. Parents: Free.

* Garden Party: Calling All NatuGarden Party: Calling All Natu

Time: 5:30 pm

May showers bring more flowers. Join the Garden Party Crew each month for discussion on upcoming land restoration projects, opportunities to volunteer and, of course, a little dirty work, too. Bring a snack to share if you desire, and join us in keeping our campus beautiful. All ages are welcome. 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

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* Cub Corner: Tree TalkCub Corner: Tree Talk

Time: 10:00 am

We invite preschoolers and parents to join us for an exciting adventure each month in Cub Corner. Did you know that trees tell stories? Come hear great stories from apartment trees and the animals that live in them. Learn the parts of a tree, explore the years and celebrate a tree’s birthday by learning to read tree rings! Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and do a craft. Children: M $5; NM $8. Parents: Free.

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* Eco-SwapEco-Swap

Time: 1:00 pm

Eco-Swap Sunday, May 17, 1-3 PM At Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center 120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA Eco-Swaps are a way for people to come together and “swap” items they no longer want or need for items that they do want or need. Everything is FREE, so no money is exchanged. Bring an item(s) to swap and be sure it is in good condition and working order. Each individual is responsible for taking un-swapped items home with them. Don't have items to swap? No worries, you are still welcome to come. The philosophy behind an eco-swap is one of love, abundance and sharing. Partners include Indian Creek Nature Center, Catherine McAuley Center, The Tapestry, and Lovely Lane Methodist Church. For more information call Prairiewoods at 319-395-6700 or visit www.prairiewoods.org. Free.

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* CLOSED - Memorial DayCLOSED - Memorial Day

Buildings and Offices Closed. All trails are open for your enjoyment sunrise to sunset.

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* Monarchs & Milkweed Seed BombsMonarchs & Milkweed Seed Bombs

Time: 10:00 am

Andria Cossolotto and Patty Ankrum, members of Monarchs of Eastern Iowa, raised monarch caterpillars throughout last summer and released the adult butterflies to the wild. Last winter they traveled to Mexico to visit the monarch winter resting site. Come hear about their experiences and learn more about this amazing insect. Discuss how you can help monarch butterflies survive. Make milkweed seed balls from mud and seed (a.k.a.“seed bombs”); then hike out to the prairie and toss the bombs about, to increase the milkweed diversity of the prairie. We may even spot some monarch butterflies returning to Iowa by then! Participants will be welcome to take seed bombs home to introduce milkweed into the home habitat. Adults: M $5; NM $8. Children age 3 and up: $3.

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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