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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

* 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.

* 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

* 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.

* 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

* 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

* 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.

* 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

* 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 for more information.

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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. Workshop fee is $8.00 per Scout. For the first six Scouts, two chaperones will be admitted for free. One additional chaperone per each additional six Scouts may attend at no charge. Fee for each additional adult 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 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 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.
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Journey Workshops

For Brownies-WOW! Wonderful Water
Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 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.

For Daisies-Nature’s Art
Saturday, October 19,  2013 – 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.

For Juniors-Be Energy Stars
Saturday January 11, 2014 – 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 part of the Get Moving! Journey.


For Brownies – Bug Club
Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 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.

For Juniors-Animal Adventures
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 9:30-11:30 AM
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.

For Brownies-Trekking Trails
Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 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.

For Juniors-X Marks the Spot
Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 12:30-2:30 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.

For Cadettes-Howling Habitat
Friday, December 13, 2013 – 5:30-7:30 PM
Uncover the mysteries of the world at night! Take a night hike around the Nature Center grounds and talk about nocturnal animals.  Do a little stargazing, and talk about Moon Gardens while creating your own midnight garden (on paper). We will talk about the impending winter solstice, and what that really means. This completes most of the Night Owl badge. This program will be followed by a Geminid Meteor Shower watching program. Scouts who attend both programs will get a discount on the meteor shower program. Register Cadettes for the Geminid Meteor Shower program here.

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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 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, including spreading Christmas tree chips (preventing trail erosion), eradicating exotic plants (like pulling garlic mustard),  Silver and Gold projects and many other projects.  Give us a call for more details.

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.