- April 4, 2015
- 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 Centerâ€™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. at 4:00 am
- Easter Egg Hunt - OrienteeringEaster Egg Hunt - Orienteering
Time: 1:00 pm
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 youâ€™ve found each hiding place. Weâ€™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. at 1:00 pm
- Total Lunar Eclipse at MoonsetTotal Lunar Eclipse at Moonset
Indian Creek Nature Center offers many family and kids’ activities and programs designed to connect children with the environment.Â Most are divided by age and offer a varying level of interaction.Â Look for programs shaded in blue on our calendar.
Ribbit’s Preschool Adventure
Ribbit’s preschool programs are designedÂ for children 3-6 years of age, accompanied by an adult,Â presented on a monthly basis.Â 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.Â See the calendar for specific dates and activities.
Fee:Â $5 per studentÂ age 5 and older
Parents are encouraged to attend at no cost. If students attend alone, parentÂ must complete and sign a permission/emergency contact form before the program.
DownloadÂ aÂ PDF brochure of all home school programs listed belowÂ here.
â€śThe Monarch Butterfly Storyâ€ť
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Learn about amazing Monarch butterflies andÂ 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 Kansasâ€™ Monarch Watch migration study. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining.
â€śBirds, Migration and Preparing for Winterâ€ť
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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.
â€śExploring Iowa Habitatsâ€ť
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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 eachÂ habitat and the habitatâ€™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.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Many geological forces have shaped Iowaâ€™s landscape. Learn how oceans, erosion, rivers & glaciers have shaped and carvedÂ the â€śland between two rivers.â€ťÂ Â 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.
â€śEagles, Owls and Hawks: The Raptorsâ€ť
Thursday, January 8, 2015
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.
â€śWater: We Canâ€™t Live Without Itâ€ť
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Water is everywhere, even is some surprising places. But is there enough?Â Â 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.
â€śYour Maple Syruping Heritageâ€ť
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Maple syrup making has an interesting and unique history. Discover both the history and how-toâ€™s ofÂ 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.
â€śPlants, Pollinators and Seedsâ€ť
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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.
â€śLife in the Water: Exploring the Pondâ€ť
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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.Â Â 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.Â After-hours opportunities include Friday evening summer programming for the whole family. more details