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* Discover Volunteering at the NDiscover Volunteering at the N

Time: 7:00 pm

There are countless opportunities for volunteering at the Nature Center! Volunteering is a wonderful way to share your skills, learn something new, meet great people, make a difference and have fun! Join us for dessert and a discussion of all the possibilities. Please call 319-362-0664 to register. Free.

* Monarch PartyMonarch Party

Time: 12:45 pm

Bring a lunch and discover the fascinating world of monarch butterflies. Learn about the Nature Center’s efforts to protect and help this amazing insect. Tour our butterfly hoop house. Program length: 45 minutes. M $2; NM $3.

* Blue Zones Project Walking MoaBlue Zones Project Walking Moa

Time: 5:30 pm

A Walking Moai is a group of people who meet once a week to walk together to socialize and exercise. This is a great way to meet new people that share a passion for the beautiful outdoors. It improves longevity, too! Join us for this event which will be the first in a ten-week Walking Moai program. Presented in partnership with Blue Zones. Program length: one hour. Free.

* Blue Zones Purpose WorkshopBlue Zones Purpose Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Looking for "the good life?" Research shows that most of us feel we've reached that milestone when we also feel that our lives matter. Of course we all want our lives to have a purpose, to matter. And people with purpose live an average of seven years longer. The Purpose Workshop helps clarify the things we want from life and the actions we can take to get there. For more information and to register, visit https:iowa.bluezonesproject.comevents7842. Program length: two hours. Free.

* CLOSED - Labor DayCLOSED - Labor Day

Buildings and offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday. All trails are open sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

* Preschool: Spider SafariPreschool: Spider Safari

Time: 10:00 am

Preschool Trail Trekkers: Spider Safari Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9, 10 AM It’s like our popular Trail Trekkers summer camps for preschoolers, now offered all year long! And better yet, it’s free! Why are there so many spider webs outside in the fall? How are spiders different from other bugs? Learn about this and more as we study these wonderful eight-legged creatures. Discover fun facts about spiders and go on a spider “hunt.” For preschoolers and parents. Call 319-362-0664 to register. Program length: 45 minutes. Free program brought to you by Central Iowa Power Cooperative.

* Garden PartyGarden Party

Time: 5:00 pm

Garden Party Wednesday, September 9, 5-7 PM Join the Garden Party crew each month to volunteer on the Nature Center grounds and discuss upcoming projects. This month, explore our woodland trails as we prepare for the upcoming Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest. We will be removing debris from the trails, and snipping back vines, multiflora rose, bare berry and raspberries that are creeping onto the trails. We will also discuss opportunities for volunteering at the Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest on September 19. Pack your water bottle and wear hiking shoes or boots. Free.

* 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

* Rockin' the Rafters!Rockin' the Rafters!

Time: 7:00 pm

Rockin' the Rafters! Friday, September 11, 7 PM Join us for an evening of fun and music in the barn. Sing familiar sing-along songs and learn great new ones! Sheila Stevens will provide the music and lyrics. Fun for the whole family. Program length: one hour. Adults: M $4; NM $5. Children ages 5-12: $2.

* Backyard Chicken WorkshopBackyard Chicken Workshop

Time: 10:00 am

Backyard Chicken Workshop Saturday, September 12, 10 AM 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 and other communities. Registration required by 4 PM on Friday, September 11. Program length: 90 minutes. M $10; NM $12.

* Tag Migrating MonarchsTag Migrating Monarchs

Time: 1:00 pm

Tag Migrating Monarchs Saturday, September 12, 1 PM Catch and tag butterflies in our prairie for Monarch Watch. Learn about the monarch butterfly migration. Was the summer migration successful? Learn ways you can help monarchs all year as well as during this incredible 3000-mile journey. Advance registration recommended. Program Length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 4-12: $2.

* Home School Pond/Wetland Ecol.Home School Pond/Wetland Ecol.

Time: 10:00 am

Home School Students: Ponds and Wetland Ecology Monday, September 14, 10 AM The ponds are filled with fish, amphibian and insect life by the end of summer.. Explore, capture, and discover how everyone survives and thrives in their watery habitat. Employ STEM science as you examine the beaver, the pond engineer who creates entire habitats; and test the water quality of Lynch Wetland. Please register by Sunday, September 15. Program length: 2 hours. $5 per student.

* Honey FestHoney Fest

Time: 10:00 am

HONEY FEST and THE SWEET TRAIL RUN Saturday, September 19, 10 AM-2 PM Our hard-working honeybees provide us with a sweet harvest each fall. At this fun family event, you will experience how this sweet treat goes from prairie blossom to breakfast table, and enjoy games, crafts like tie dyeing and wax candle making, live music and more! New for 2015: suit up for an apiary tour, and discover the Nature Center on our Campus Explore tour. Honey Fest Ticket prices: $4 in advance (online or in-person at the Nature Center) and $5 at the door. Ages 3 and under FREE. Paid participants of the Sweet Trail Run get in for free.

* Sweet Trail Run Sweet Trail Run

Time: 11:00 am

Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest Saturday, September 19, 11 AM start The Corridor’s premier trail run is back for a second year! Held during the Nature Center’s annual Honey Fest, the Sweet Trail Run offers families, kids and seasoned runners alike an opportunity to enjoy a healthy activity outdoors. Both runners and walkers will enjoy this year’s 1.8 mile course winding through hilly woodlands, open prairie and along Indian Creek on the Nature Center’s beautiful grounds. All paid participants will receive an exclusive t-shirt, goody bag, and free admission to Honey Fest. Save the date and get registered today! Website and registration link: Fees: Adult runners: $25; adult walkers and children: $15. Register by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 7 to guarantee t-shirt availability. Prices increase by $5 after September 7.

* Animal AdaptationsAnimal Adaptations

Time: 12:00 pm

Animal Adaptations Tuesday, September 22, Noon-12:45 PM This program is focused on helping adults learn creative ways to engage children in outdoor learning. Our teacher-naturalists will be present, but all are welcome, including kids! Bring a lunch, explore animal adaptations, and create fun, interactive rainy day “animal interviews.” We’ll share a new twist on beavers, and introduce you to pocket gophers, bobcats, and others. Program length: 45 minutes. M $2; NM $3.

* Harvest Moon Walk Harvest Moon Walk

Time: 8:00 pm

Harvest Moon Walk Friday, September 25, 8 PM The moon is almost full: enjoy a walk under the soft light of September's almost full super-moon. Learn about the lore of harvest moons and the science of a super-moon. If overcast, we will conduct the walk; if raining, we will cancel. Program length: 90 minutes. M $4; NM $6.


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Your Registration is NOT COMPLETE until we have received both your roster and registration forms!

Please mail, email or fax forms at the same time you sign up sign up/pay online.

EMAIL registration form and roster sheet: or
FAX for registration form and roster sheet: 319-362-2876


First, find your program below and click on the title of the program to register and pay online. (You can also access registration through the calendar.) 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.


NO RAIN-OUTS: All programs can be adapted to indoor workshops if necessary.  Dress appropriately for the weather. Boy Scout Rules: Only registered Boy Scouts may attend workshops.  BSA boy/adult ratios must be followed.   Two chaperons (the pack leader and assistant leader or their designates) are admitted free with the first six Scouts. One additional chaperon admitted free with each additional six Scouts. All other adults will pay a $3.00 fee. Boys registering individually must be accompanied by a paid adult during the program.

Registration/Cancellation Policy:  Registration and payment are required prior to the event. Cost is $10.00 per boy, per workshop. Scout leaders and assistant leaders should make every effort to register their Scouts as a group. 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 ten working days prior to the scheduled workshop.  Payment must accompany registration.

Registrations should be mailed to: Indian Creek Nature Center 6665 Otis Rd. SE Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

Refunds: An administrative fee of 25% is charged for all cancelled registrations.  The remainder of the program fee is refunded, provided that the cancellation notice is received at least five business days in advance of that program.  Full refunds are given for any program Indian Creek Nature Center cancels, or for sickness, medical emergencies, or a death in the family.

Wolf Workshops

Wolf Cub Elective #10 – “American Indian Folklore” Friday, March 6, 2015 ,  6:00-8:00 PM Hear “How Turtle Flew South” and other American Indian legends during a storytelling session with a naturalist. Create a map using Native American symbols and play American Indian games.   Online REGISTRATION IS CLOSED – please call for late registration before March 4th.  (Requirements:  a, b, d & f.)

Bear Workshops

Bear Cub Elective #24 – “American Indians”  Friday, March 6, 2015 – 6:00-8:00 PM Find out about the Native Americans who lived in this area.  Hear “How Turtle Flew South” and other American Indian legends during a storytelling session with a naturalist.  Find out what these people used as shelter, create a map using Native American symbols, and play American Indian games.  Online REGISTRATION IS CLOSED – please call for late registration before March 4th  (Fulfills requirements a,b & c)

Webelo Workshops

Naturalist Badge –  Saturday, April 18, 2015  9:30-11;30 AM  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.  Late Registration is available until April 15th.  (Fulfills Requirements:  4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11.)  Registration is CLOSED.

Forester Badge – Saturday, April 18, 2015 12:00-2:00 PM   If you love to explore trees in your own backyard and would like to learn more about what a forester does, then you should check out this workshop. Learn how to identify trees and other plants of the forest and much more. Late Registration is available until April 15th.  (Fulfills Requirements:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9.)  Registration is CLOSED.


World Conservation Award The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for Cub Scouts to “think globally” and “act locally” to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment.  Wolf, Bear and Webelo Scouts can complete the majority of the award requirements by attending ICNC Cub Scout workshops listed above marked WCA.   This award can be earned only once per Cub Scout. For more details, contact the Nature Center or Boy Scout office, or view a list of requirements at

Other opportunities for Scout groups include conservation projects such as:

  • Spreading Christmas tree chips (prevents trail erosion)
  • Eradication of exotic plants (like garlic mustard pulling)
  • Restoring ICNC habitats
  • prairie seed collection

Sac and Fox Trail Patch – Earn a special patch by hiking or rehiking the Sac and Fox Trail while using an interpretive booklet on the natural flora and fauna of the area.  Booklets and patches available at ICNC.  $2.50 per patch.