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* Discover Volunteering at the NDiscover Volunteering at the N

Time: 7:00 pm

There are countless opportunities for volunteering at the Nature Center! Volunteering is a wonderful way to share your skills, learn something new, meet great people, make a difference and have fun! Join us for dessert and a discussion of all the possibilities. Please call 319-362-0664 to register. Free.

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* Monarch PartyMonarch Party

Time: 12:45 pm

Bring a lunch and discover the fascinating world of monarch butterflies. Learn about the Nature Center’s efforts to protect and help this amazing insect. Tour our butterfly hoop house. Program length: 45 minutes. M $2; NM $3.

* Blue Zones Project Walking MoaBlue Zones Project Walking Moa

Time: 5:30 pm

A Walking Moai is a group of people who meet once a week to walk together to socialize and exercise. This is a great way to meet new people that share a passion for the beautiful outdoors. It improves longevity, too! Join us for this event which will be the first in a ten-week Walking Moai program. Presented in partnership with Blue Zones. Program length: one hour. Free.

* Blue Zones Purpose WorkshopBlue Zones Purpose Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Looking for "the good life?" Research shows that most of us feel we've reached that milestone when we also feel that our lives matter. Of course we all want our lives to have a purpose, to matter. And people with purpose live an average of seven years longer. The Purpose Workshop helps clarify the things we want from life and the actions we can take to get there. For more information and to register, visit https:iowa.bluezonesproject.comevents7842. Program length: two hours. Free.

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* CLOSED - Labor DayCLOSED - Labor Day

Buildings and offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday. All trails are open sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

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* Preschool: Spider SafariPreschool: Spider Safari

Time: 10:00 am

Preschool Trail Trekkers: Spider Safari Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9, 10 AM It’s like our popular Trail Trekkers summer camps for preschoolers, now offered all year long! And better yet, it’s free! Why are there so many spider webs outside in the fall? How are spiders different from other bugs? Learn about this and more as we study these wonderful eight-legged creatures. Discover fun facts about spiders and go on a spider “hunt.” For preschoolers and parents. Call 319-362-0664 to register. Program length: 45 minutes. Free program brought to you by Central Iowa Power Cooperative.

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* Garden PartyGarden Party

Time: 5:00 pm

Garden Party Wednesday, September 9, 5-7 PM Join the Garden Party crew each month to volunteer on the Nature Center grounds and discuss upcoming projects. This month, explore our woodland trails as we prepare for the upcoming Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest. We will be removing debris from the trails, and snipping back vines, multiflora rose, bare berry and raspberries that are creeping onto the trails. We will also discuss opportunities for volunteering at the Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest on September 19. Pack your water bottle and wear hiking shoes or boots. 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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* Rockin' the Rafters!Rockin' the Rafters!

Time: 7:00 pm

Rockin' the Rafters! Friday, September 11, 7 PM Join us for an evening of fun and music in the barn. Sing familiar sing-along songs and learn great new ones! Sheila Stevens will provide the music and lyrics. Fun for the whole family. Program length: one hour. Adults: M $4; NM $5. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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* Backyard Chicken WorkshopBackyard Chicken Workshop

Time: 10:00 am

Backyard Chicken Workshop Saturday, September 12, 10 AM 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 and other communities. Registration required by 4 PM on Friday, September 11. Program length: 90 minutes. M $10; NM $12.

* Tag Migrating MonarchsTag Migrating Monarchs

Time: 1:00 pm

Tag Migrating Monarchs Saturday, September 12, 1 PM Catch and tag butterflies in our prairie for Monarch Watch. Learn about the monarch butterfly migration. Was the summer migration successful? Learn ways you can help monarchs all year as well as during this incredible 3000-mile journey. Advance registration recommended. Program Length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 4-12: $2.

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* Home School Pond/Wetland Ecol.Home School Pond/Wetland Ecol.

Time: 10:00 am

Home School Students: Ponds and Wetland Ecology Monday, September 14, 10 AM The ponds are filled with fish, amphibian and insect life by the end of summer.. Explore, capture, and discover how everyone survives and thrives in their watery habitat. Employ STEM science as you examine the beaver, the pond engineer who creates entire habitats; and test the water quality of Lynch Wetland. Please register by Sunday, September 15. Program length: 2 hours. $5 per student.

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* Honey FestHoney Fest

Time: 10:00 am

HONEY FEST and THE SWEET TRAIL RUN Saturday, September 19, 10 AM-2 PM Our hard-working honeybees provide us with a sweet harvest each fall. At this fun family event, you will experience how this sweet treat goes from prairie blossom to breakfast table, and enjoy games, crafts like tie dyeing and wax candle making, live music and more! New for 2015: suit up for an apiary tour, and discover the Nature Center on our Campus Explore tour. Honey Fest Ticket prices: $4 in advance (online or in-person at the Nature Center) and $5 at the door. Ages 3 and under FREE. Paid participants of the Sweet Trail Run get in for free.

* Sweet Trail Run Sweet Trail Run

Time: 11:00 am

Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest Saturday, September 19, 11 AM start The Corridor’s premier trail run is back for a second year! Held during the Nature Center’s annual Honey Fest, the Sweet Trail Run offers families, kids and seasoned runners alike an opportunity to enjoy a healthy activity outdoors. Both runners and walkers will enjoy this year’s 1.8 mile course winding through hilly woodlands, open prairie and along Indian Creek on the Nature Center’s beautiful grounds. All paid participants will receive an exclusive t-shirt, goody bag, and free admission to Honey Fest. Save the date and get registered today! Website and registration link: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/sweettrailrun Fees: Adult runners: $25; adult walkers and children: $15. Register by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 7 to guarantee t-shirt availability. Prices increase by $5 after September 7.

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* Animal AdaptationsAnimal Adaptations

Time: 12:00 pm

Animal Adaptations Tuesday, September 22, Noon-12:45 PM This program is focused on helping adults learn creative ways to engage children in outdoor learning. Our teacher-naturalists will be present, but all are welcome, including kids! Bring a lunch, explore animal adaptations, and create fun, interactive rainy day “animal interviews.” We’ll share a new twist on beavers, and introduce you to pocket gophers, bobcats, and others. Program length: 45 minutes. M $2; NM $3.

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* Harvest Moon Walk Harvest Moon Walk

Time: 8:00 pm

Harvest Moon Walk Friday, September 25, 8 PM The moon is almost full: enjoy a walk under the soft light of September's almost full super-moon. Learn about the lore of harvest moons and the science of a super-moon. If overcast, we will conduct the walk; if raining, we will cancel. Program length: 90 minutes. M $4; NM $6.

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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.