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Fall 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.

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* 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 indiancreeknaturecenter.org Individuals: M $5; NM $8. Family: M $10; NM $15.

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* 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!

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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 www.girlscoutstoday.org to register online.

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* 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!

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* 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.

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* 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.). 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.

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* 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 www.girlscoutstoday.org 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.”

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* 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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Girl Scouts

READ BEFORE REGISTERING!
NO RAINOUTS: All programs can be adapted to indoor workshops if necessary. Dress appropriately for the weather.  GSUSA girl/adult ratios must be followed.
  • Total workshop fee is $11/scout ($10 ICNC program fee plus $1 GSUSA fees).
  •  For the first six Scouts, two chaperons will be admitted for free. One additional chaperon per each additional six Scouts may attend at no charge.
  • Fee for each additional adult above chaperon limit is $3.
  • Minimum workshop number of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60.
REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION POLICY: NEW!!
  • All workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office except for Maple Syruping workshops in March.
  • To register, call the Girl Scout office at 319-363-8335 or register online at www.girlscoutstoday.org.
  • For Maple Syruping workshops, call the Nature Center at 319-362-0664.
  • Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday of the week prior to the scheduled workshop  (at least 8 days before the scheduled workshop).
REFUND POLICY:
  • An administrative fee of 25% is charged by the Nature Center for all cancelled Maple Syruping workshops.
  • The remainder of the program fee is refunded,provided that the cancellation notice is received at least three business days prior to the program.
  • Full refunds are given for any program cancelled by the Nature Center.

It’s Your Planet–Love It!

 

Daisy Workshops

Nature’s Art 
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30-11:00 AM
Explore art in nature!  Colors, shapes and textures are vibrant in the world around you.  Spend time creating artwork from natural materials.  Consider the sources and original locations of these materials.  We will lead you on part of the Between Earth and Sky Journey.

 

Cadette Workshops

Tricks of the Trail
Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 4:00-6:00  PM
Find out what you need to go camping.  Learn how to cook over a camp fire and purify water, and spend some time with a map and compass to find your way around the Nature Center.  If  it is clear, end the evening stargazing!  This workshop will complete most of the Trailblazing badge.

 

Brownie Workshops

Eyes, Fingers, Ears and Nose 
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:30-11:00 AM
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.

Bug Club
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 12:30-2:30 PM
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.

Wonders of Water
Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 9:30-11:30 AM
“Become” a droplet of water circling around in Earth’s water cycle. Explore a watershed and learn how it works! Create a rainbow and special art using water colors. You will discover that water is our most valuable resource as you explore innovative ways to save and protect it. Visit a bioswale, discover and experiment with cement that soaks up rain and find out what a rain garden is! We will lead you on part of  the Wonders of Water Journey.

Trekking Trails
Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 9:30-11:30 AM
Explore the Nature Center’s trails with an expert hiker to learn to read a map, interpret trail signs, leave no trace and learn what to take on a hike. Make your own snack and enjoy a day in nature!  This completes most of the Hiker badge.

 

Junior Workshops

Animal Adventures
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 9:30-11;30 AM PM
Come to a geocaching event to learn how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. Learn to enter waypoints in a GPS receiver and find a geocache! Bring a trade item to leave in the cache. Bring your own GPS unit or borrow one of the Nature Center’s units. We’ll visit a geocache website. This completes most of the Geocache badge. Limited to 25 girls.

X Marks the Spot
Saturday, November 1, 2013 – 12:00-2:00 PM
Come to a geocaching event to learn how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. Learn to enter waypoints in a GPS receiver and find a geocache! Bring a trade item to leave in the cache. Bring your own GPS unit or borrow one of the Nature Center’s units. We’ll visit a geocache website. This completes most of the Geocache badge. Limited to 25 girls.

Be Energy Stars
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 9:30-11:30 AM
Energy is an important part of everything from the lights in your room to the food you eat.  Explore energy at the nature Center and determine your ecological footprint.  Learn about using solar energy to create electricity.  Build a sun oven and cook.  Discover the things the Nature Center has done to turn an old barn into an energy-efficient environmental center.  We will lead you on par of the Get Moving Journey.

 

All Ages – Maple Syruping

Participate in a Maple Syruping program during the month of March and earn a council activity patch.  Call the Indian Creek Nature Center for specific requirements for each age level.  This one-hour program is $3.00 per person both scouts and all adults.  Contact the nature Center directly to schedule syruping programs.  Register early as these fill quickly.  319-362-0664

 

Looking for something more? Check this out!

Your troop may sign up for its own workshop on any nature-related topic or any Scout workshop seen in this brochure as long as you can guarantee a group of ten (10) Scouts or more!Please call for more information and/or to register. Programs may include:

  • Any nature-related topic such as insects, birds, mammals, bats, reptiles, amphibians, habitats, woodlands, wetlands, prairie or trail hikes.
  • Workshops last 1.5 to 2 hours and the fee is $8 per Scout.   Call 319-362-0664 for more information.

Your troop can also participate in various service projects – give us a call for more details.

  • Spreading Christmas tree chips (preventing trail erosion)
  • Eradicating exotic plants (like pulling garlic mustard)
  • Silver and Gold projects and many other projects

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. Patches cost $2.50 each.