Summer 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Labor Day - All trails openLabor Day - All trails open

Labor Holiday - all trails are open for your enjoyment. Offices and buildings are closed.

* Level 3 OrienteeringLevel 3 Orienteering

Time: 1:00 pm

Level 3 Orienteering: Compass and Topographic Maps Saturday,September 6, 1 PM. Bring your own compass or borrow one of ours for an off-trail orienteering experience using a topographic map and compass skills to find controls. Begin with an instructional session on reading topo maps and basic compass skills. Participants will then explore the woods and prairie to find several controls using their compass and map skills. Be prepared to be off trail! This experience is for both the beginner and the experienced! To register go to Individuals: M $5; NM $8. Family: M $10; NM $15.

* Tallgrass Prairies!Tallgrass Prairies!

September 11 through November 11: Tallgrass Prairies: Past, Present and Future. Enjoy this professional exhibit created by the Iowa Association of Naturalists. On display in the barn. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4; Sat. 11-4.

* 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

* Backyard Chicken Basics Backyard Chicken Basics

Time: 7:00 pm

Backyard Chicken Basics Thursday, September 11, 7:00 PM 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. Registration required by 4:00 PM Wednesday, Sept. 10. Cost: M: $7; NM: $10. This will be our only fall chicken class -sign up today!

* Grant Wood’s Indian CreekGrant Wood’s Indian Creek

Time: 8:30 am

Grant Wood’s Impressions of Indian Creek Saturday, September 13 8:30-11 AM Grant Wood loved to paint the beauty of Indian Creek, which you can see in the collection of his Impressionistic paintings on display at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Grant Wood: American Impressionist. Follow in Wood’s footsteps as we hike along the water and set up an easel to capture Indian Creek’s beauty, painting en plein air, or “in plain air” just as he did. Create your own watercolor landscape with professional instruction. This class is great for all skill levels, so beginners are welcome! To register, contact the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art at (319) 366-7503 by Wed., Sept. 10. M $10; NM $15.

* Watershed ForumWatershed Forum

Time: 10:00 am

Watershed Forum Saturday, September 13 10-11:30 AM Todd Dorman, columnist and editorial board member of The Gazette, will keynote a water quality forum and panel. Panelists include Steve Cooper, storm water manager, City of Marion; Jennifer Fenci, Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority; Rich Patterson, retired director, Indian Creek Nature Center; Martin St. Clair, Coe College chemistry professor; and Curt Zingula, farmer, Linn County. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Linn County. Free.

* Teacher Naturalist TrainingTeacher Naturalist Training

Time: 12:00 pm

Experience our Pond and Wetland Field Trip for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. We will begin in the auditorium but will move outdoors to the ponds for a hands-on experience. Be prepared for possible mud. This training is Free and Fun! Call 362-0664 for more information.

* GSA - Senses BadgeGSA - Senses Badge

Time: 9:30 am

"Eyes, Fingers, Ears and Nose". Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. 9:30 - 11 am. Girl Scout Daisy - Your senses come alive in nature! Come participate in an exciting nature scavenger hunt, listen to nature sounds, sniff out some interesting smells, and feel the different textures found around the nature Center. We'll have a snack to explore our taste buds. This completes the Senses badge.

* GSA -Bug ClubGSA -Bug Club

Time: 12:30 pm

Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:30-2:30 PM. Girls Scouts - Brownie. Insects are everywhere and an important part of our world. Become an amateur entomologist and learn all about bugs. Observe bugs in nature, learn the usefulness of many insects, and visit our observation honey bee hive. Craft a home for pollinators for your backyard. Capture bugs in our prairie and learn about their role in nature. This completes most of the Bug badge. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to to register online.

* Bee Amazing Trail Run/WalkBee Amazing Trail Run/Walk

Time: 11:00 am

Explore the trails on an official route around the Indian Creek Nature Center! Register in advance, and plan to stay for Honey Fest afterward! Adult Run/Walk participants get in to Honey Fest FREE!

* Honey FestHoney Fest

Time: 12:00 pm

12:00 - 4:00 pm Annual Honey Fest celebration. Family Fun - enjoy honey lemonade, kid's crafts, food, music, games, demonstrations, beeswax candle making and the famous Live Bee Beard! Learn about bees and how you can support a healthy bee populations!

* Home School-Monarch ButterflyHome School-Monarch Butterfly

Time: 1:00 pm

The Monarch Butterfly Story Thursday, September 25, 1 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. 1 ½ hours. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining. COST: $5 per student age 5 and older.

* Naturalist Badge - BSA WebeloNaturalist Badge - BSA Webelo

Time: 6:00 pm

Naturalist Badge Friday, September 26, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM 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. Registration closes Sept. 16th. (Fulfills Requirements: 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11.)

* GSA - Animal AdventuresGSA - Animal Adventures

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Junior Who lives in your wild backyard? Discover several animal habitats at the Nature Center. Explore animal homes and create your own bird feeder to help the birds. Investigate endangered habitats: the arctic, prairie, and rain forest. How can we help protect them? Discover who lives in your own backyard habitat. This completes most of the Animal Habitats badge. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to to register online.

* Celebrate Prairie DayCelebrate Prairie Day

Time: 1:00 pm

Celebrate Prairie Day Saturday, September 27 Join us for one or both Prairie Day programs for one low fee! M $3; NM $5; children $2. 1 PM Join our naturalist for a hands-on exploration of the Tallgrass Prairies: Past, Present and Future exhibit. The Iowa Association of Naturalists created this professional exhibit. Experience hands-on activities, games, and a “fun for all ages” prairie scavenger hunt. 2:30 PM “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie” documentary This award-winning documentary, created by Daryl Smith, University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center, features “extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images, delicately interwoven to create a powerful and moving viewing experience.”

* Fall Wild EdiblesFall Wild Edibles

Time: 1:00 pm

Fall Wild Edibles! Sunday, September 28, 1 PM Fall is a season of bountiful wild edibles including nuts, roots, mushrooms, and much more! Join botanist Christine Kirpes to learn about the fall feast that’s waiting for you. We’ll start by learning identification and preparation basics indoors, then move outdoors to forage for food in the “wild.” M $8; NM $12.

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Registration Process

find your program below, then click on our calendar to register and pay online. To complete the process you must also Download the Registration Form and Roster sheets for all your scouts and submit these forms to ICNC.


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 #13 – “Birds” Friday, October 10, 2014 –  6:00 – 8:00 PM   The Nature Center is the place to be if you enjoy watching our feathered friends and learning more about them! Discover the mysteries of migration, build your very own bird feeder, and play bird games in this fun-filled workshop. (Fulfills Requirements:  a, c, d & e.)  Registration closes Oct. 1st

Wolf Cub Achievement #7 – “Your Living World” Friday, November  14, 2014 – 6:00-8:00 PM Spend the evening learning ways to help your planet. Discuss pollution problems and learn about conserving energy at home. Make the habitat better for wildlife at ICNC.   Registration closes Nov. 4th.  (Fulfills Requirements: a, b, c, d & f.)

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.   Registration closes Feb. 25th.  (Requirements:  a, b, d & f.)

Bear Workshops

Bear Cub Elective #15 – “Water and Soil Conservation” Friday, October 17, 2014 – 6:00-8:00 PM Where does soil come from and how is it made?  What is the water cycle? Who are decomposers and what do they do? What is conservation?  These are a few questions that will be answered through games, hands-on experiments, and investigations during this visit to ICNC.  Registration closes Oct. 7th.  (Fulfills Requirements: a, b, c, d & e.)

Bear Cub Achievement #5 – “Sharing Your World with Wildlife” Friday, November 21, 2014 – 6:00-8:00 PM Join an Indian Creek Nature Center naturalist for an evening of fun!  We will explore various habitats, learn about extinct and endangered animals, feed the birds, and much more!   Registration closes Nov. 11th.  (Fulfills Requirements: a,c, d, & e.)

Bear Cub Achievement #6 – “Take Care of Your Planet” Friday, January 23, 2014 – 6:00-8:00 PM Become a Earth Caretaker!  Learn where energy and natural resources come from and how to use them more responsibly. Play a game to discover how much water a leaky faucet wastes. Discover ways the Nature Center is sustainable. Registration closes Jan. 13th.  (Fulfills Requirements: c, d, e, f & g.) Bear Cub Elective #24 –

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.  Registrations closes Feb. 25th.  (Fulfills requirements a,b & c)

Webelo Workshops

“Naturalist Badge” Friday, September 26, 2014  6:00-8:00 PM or 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. Registration closes Sept. 16th for fall workshop.  Registration closes April 8th for spring workshop.  (Fulfills Requirements:  4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11.)

“Forester Badge” Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM or 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.  Registration closes Nov. 5th for fall workshop.  Registration closes April 8th for spring workshop.   (Fulfills Requirements:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9.)

“Geology Badge” Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 9:30-11:30 AM   Be a geologist for a day! Explore exciting careers in geology, discover fossils to take home, experiment with minerals, and travel back in time to learn how our planet has been shaped and reshaped.  Registration closes Dec. 3rd.   (Fulfills Requirements:  2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8.)

Eagle Scouts

Eagle Scout Orientation –  Saturday, October 25 – 9:00 – 10:00 AM    Interested in learning more about eagle scout service project opportunities at ICNC?   Come and learn about available upcoming projects and begin the process. Preregistration required.  No fee.

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 WCAThis 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.