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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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Boy Scouts

Registration Process

Please read all instructions carefully

IMPORTANT!

Your Registration is NOT COMPLETE until you have 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 to:

 EMAIL registration form and roster sheet: Click here to reveal email address 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.

Please READ BEFORE REGISTERING!

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 www.usscouts.org/advance/cubscout/worldcons.

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.