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* Coming Home--Discovery JourneyComing Home--Discovery Journey

Time: 7:00 pm

"Coming Home: A Journey of Discovery." A film by Kevin J. Raislback International award-winning nature and wildlife filmmaker Kevin J. Railsback has taught HD cinematography in Hawaii, tested high definition cameras in Africa and wrestled a camera beg from a wolf in Montana. Discover why the tallgrass prairie and woodland wildflowers of Indian Creek Nature Center are his preferred film subjects these days. See Indian Creek Nature Center through the eyes of this talented filmmaker and come away with the greater appreciation for what we have here in our own backyard. COST: Members: $5; Non-Members: $8

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* Webelo-Forester BadgeWebelo-Forester Badge

Time: 9:30 am

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. (Requirements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9.) Registration and payment are required prior to the event. Cost is $8.00 per boy, per workshop. Scout leaders and assistant leaders should make every effort to register their Scouts as a group. Completed registration forms, payment and roster of scouts attending must be received by the Nature Center no later than one week prior to the scheduled workshop. Register by phone at 319-362-0664 or click to register online. THIS BADGE WORKSHOP IS FULL AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

* Webelo-Naturalist BadgeWebelo-Naturalist Badge

Time: 12:30 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. (Requirements: 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11.) Registration and payment are required prior to the event. Cost is $8.00 per boy, per workshop. Scout leaders and assistant leaders should make every effort to register their Scouts as a group. Completed registration forms, payment and roster of scouts attending must be received by the Nature Center no later than one week prior to the scheduled workshop. THIS BADGE WORKSHOP IF FULL AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

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* Coffee and ChatCoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Each month on the second Thursday gather in the sun room at Indian Creek Nature Center to enjoy coffee and casual conversations about the latest happenings at Indian Creek Nature Center. This is a social time to relax and enjoy, meet Nature Center staff and become better acquainted with our facilities, programs, trails and learn what's happening each month in nature. This is a Free, casual gathering.

* Become a Teacher NaturalistBecome a Teacher Naturalist

Time: 12:00 pm

There are many fun ways to volunteer at the Nature Center! As a teacher-naturalists, you get to lead groups of children fro nature adventures. Join us at noon for a soup and dessert lunch and to meet other Teacher-Naturalists. The training will begin at 12:30 pm indoors but will move to the wetland, so come prepared for the weather. Bring a friend and begin an exciting adventure as a nature center volunteer. Call Jan Aiels at 362-0664 for more information or to register. FREE, but please let Jan know you are coming.

* Backyard Chicken BasicsBackyard Chicken Basics

Time: 6:30 pm

Get the basic information you need to raise hens in urban and suburban areas. This workshop will give you a certificate that will enable you to get your permit. COST: members: $7; Non-members: $10

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* Moon MadnessMoon Madness

Time: 7:00 pm

Spend the evening with naturalist astronomer Jenny Rupp as she prepares you for the pending Lunar Eclipse in the wee hours of the morning on April 15th. Learn how lunar eclipses occur and what to expect when you crawl out of your warm bed to see this magnificent site. Discover moon lore, how the moon affects the earth, and the love/hate relationship astronomers have with it. viewing equipment will be available, but feel free to bring your own. Dress for the weather, and please let us know if you plan to attend. If it is cloudy, and we are unable to observe the moon, we'll finish with a night hike. Event will run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. COST: Member Adult: $5; Non-Member Adult: $6; child age 10 and under: $3.

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* Ribbit's Spring SearchRibbit's Spring Search

Time: 9:30 am

Buds, flowers, green things and spring birds! What do you think of when you think SPRING?? Hike the trails looking for things that sing spring! Learn who is waking up, and what they need to do next. Plant seeds for early spring blooms to enjoy at home. For children age 3-6 years; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. COST: Member child: $5; non-Member child: $6. Parents are free.

* Getting the Kids Outdoors!Getting the Kids Outdoors!

Time: 1:00 pm

Our Bringing Nature Home Series continues.. Getting the Kids Outdoors! Enough indoors! It's time to get outside and play in nature. Join us for an afternoon of fun activities to explore and enjoy nature in your backyard, local park, favorite campsite or empty lot! We'll go groking, use a magic potion, hike on a string and become human cameras! We will most likely get dirty! COST: members: $4.00; non-members: $5.00. Member family: $10; Non-member family$15.

* Frogs SongsFrogs Songs

Time: 7:00 pm

Enjoy a walk from the barn to the wetland to visit ponds along the trails and enjoy a serenade of several frog species as the males sing their spring love songs. Boots are recommended. COST: Members: $4.00; Non-members: $6; Families: Member: $8.00; Non-Member: $12

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* Beginning OrienteeringBeginning Orienteering

Time: 1:00 pm

Indian Creek Nature Center and the Sons of Norway are partnering to present a progressive series of orienteering experiences. This first adventure will introduce the history of this sport and teach the basics of Level I Orienteering using a map and landscape features to find a series of Control points. Begin learning the sport using a simple string course and then take your trail map and score card out on the trails for a fun family afternoon. This basic course will be followed by a series of progressively more challenging orienteering programs that will increase your skills to using a compass and topographical map to efficiently find your way through the woods. COST: Member family: $8.00; Non-Member family: $12.00; Member: $5; Non-Member: $8.00

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* Race and BiologyRace and Biology

Time: 7:00 pm

Dr. Hannah Marsh addresses the biology of our racial differences, erasing taboos and judgement by encouraging people to see each other as diverse keys that unlock the mysteries of our species' past. by looking at variation in body shape, nose size, and skin color, we see that human differences do not tell us about an individual's worth, but about the mutual past that we have all shared. Let's talk about our differences to see that we are all really the same. Free will donation. This event is held at Flaherty Hall, Mt. Mercy University.

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* Backyard Chicken Basic WorkshoBackyard Chicken Basic Worksho

Time: 6:30 pm

Get the basic information you need to raise hens in urban 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. Please register at least one day before this workshop. COST: member: $7; Non-Member: $10

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* Women's Walking WorkshopWomen's Walking Workshop

Time: 8:00 am

Nature, Health & Walking... 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Be inspired, explore new ideas, experience nature and be motivated. Learn the joy of journaling your walk, discover how Ayurveda can enhance your life, enjoy a walking travelogue and learn how to plan your own, experience a Blue Zones walking moai and learn how to attain your goals. Enjoy a massage by Carlson college of Massage Therapy. Experience two invigorating walks on trails or in the labyrinth. Registration is a MUST! Register by April 9th for discounted pricing. COST: Register before April 9th: Member: $50; Non-member: $55.

* Eco-Arts Festival at New Bo Eco-Arts Festival at New Bo

Time: 10:00 am

Join the nature center and many other area environmental organizations at the New Bo City Market for a fun day of games, music, activities, arts and more to celebrate Earth Day. Open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit EcofestCR on Facebook or www.ecofestcr.org for more information.

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NO RAINOUTS: 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 chaperones (the pack leader and assistant leader or their designates) are admitted free with the first six Scouts. One additional chaperone 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 $8.00 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 one week 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 three 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”
Saturday, October 12, 2013 -  12:30-2:30 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. (Requirements:  a, c, d & e.)  Click here to register

Wolf Cub Achievement #7 – “Your Living World”
Friday, November  8, 2013 – 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 by collecting prairie seed. (Requirements: a, b, c, d & f.)

Wolf Cub Elective #10 – “American Indian Folklore”
Friday, January 24 , 2014 -  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.   (Requirements:  a, b, d & f.)

Bear Workshops

Bear Cub Elective #15 – “Water and Soil Conservation”
Friday, October 18, 2013 – 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.  (Requirements: a, b, c, d & e.) 

Bear Cub Achievement #6 – “Take Care of Your Planet”
Friday, January 10, 2014 – 6:00-8:00 PM
Become active in taking care of the Earth. 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. (Requirements: c, d, e, f & g.) 

Webelo Workshops

“Forester Badge”
Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:30-11:30 AM  or Saturday, April 5, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM
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. (Requirements:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9.) Click here to register for 11/9 workshop  Click here to register for 4/5/14 workshop

“Geology Badge”
Saturday, December 14, 2013 – 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. (Requirements:  2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8.) Click here to register

“Naturalist Badge”
Saturday,  April 5, 2014 12:30-2:30 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. (Requirements:  4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11.)  Click here to register for 4/5/14 workshop

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 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.