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* Nature's NoelNature's Noel

Time: 9:00 am

Nature’s Noel Saturday, December 6 9 AM-Noon Let heaven and nature sing! Centerpieces, wreaths and swags made with fresh greens; frozen soups and appetizers; vendors with various handmade wares; cookie dough and candy; and live music combine to create a festive holiday event. Shop early for the best selection! Sponsored by the ICNC Guild to benefit the Nature Center. Free.

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* Fighting Child Trafficking Fighting Child Trafficking

Time: 7:00 pm

Fighting Child Trafficking with Hope and Freedom through Rapha House Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 PM Indian Creek Nature Center 6665 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids 319-362-0664 Rapha House exists to love, rescue, and heal girls who have been rescued from trafficking and sexual exploitation. This year Rapha House opened the first special needs "safe house" in Cambodia. Doug and Donna Burkle have spent the past year getting this program started. This evening will be a summation of what has been accomplished (raising chickens and creating gardens) and what needs to be done when they return to Cambodia in January. All are welcome to attend.

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* Home School-Iowa Geology Home School-Iowa Geology

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World” Iowa’s Geology. Wednesday, December 10, 1 PM. Many geological forces have shaped Iowa’s landscape. Learn how oceans, erosion, rivers & glaciers have shaped and carved the “land between two rivers.” Learn to identify the different kinds of rocks, discover how they form and perform experiments on various common Iowa minerals to identify each. Iowa has a rich geology that is an important part of our natural history. 1 1/2 hour. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* Coffee and ChatCoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Coffee and Chat Thursday, December 11, 9-10 a.m. On the second Thursday of each month, all are welcome to gather in the sunroom at Indian Creek Nature Center to enjoy coffee and conversation about the latest happenings at the Nature Center. Enjoy a social time, learn what’s currently happening in nature, meet Nature Center staff, and become better acquainted with our facilities, programs and trails. Free.

* 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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* The Geminid WalkThe Geminid Walk

Time: 7:00 pm

The Geminid Walk. Friday , December 12 ,7 p.m. This is the weekend of the meteor shower but rather than do a watch, we would do a trail walk watching for meteors. If cloudy, the walk will still go on to enjoy an early winter evening. Free.

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* BSA - Geology BadgeBSA - Geology Badge

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, December 13, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM Boy Scouts - Webelos Registration is CLOSED this workshop is FULL! Thanks for your support. 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. (Fulfills requirements 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8)

* Winter Camping WorkshopWinter Camping Workshop

Time: 1:00 pm

Winter Camping Workshop Saturday, December 13, 1 PM Yes, winter is a great time to camp—no bugs, no crowds, and beautiful scenery. But you need to know how to be comfortable and safe. Rodney Bradley, experienced Michigan backcountry winter camper, will discuss gear, backcountry travel, clothing, food and safety. Registration recommended by 4 PM on Wednesday, December 10. M $10; NM $15.

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* Nature Center CLOSEDNature Center CLOSED

Time: 8:30 am

ICNC will be closed on Monday, December 15 for staff development.

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* Winter Solstice at PrairiewoodWinter Solstice at Prairiewood

Time: 6:00 pm

Winter Solstice at Prairiewoods Thursday, December 18 6-8 PM The hearth is the heart of the home, and the sun is Earth’s hearth. Both help to warm away night’s darkness! Commemorate the stillness of the sun and the blessing of the hearth during the winter solstice at Prairiewoods (120 E. Boyson Road, Hiawatha). Celebrate the longest night that gives way to greater light by participating in an ancient Celtic tradition of blessing the sacred hearth and welcoming the Christmas light. Please bring a symbol of home.This is part of a series of seasonal celebrations sponsored by Prairiewoods, Matthew 25, Ushers Ferry Historic Village and Indian Creek Nature.  No registration required.  Free will donation.

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* Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

Nature Center offices and buildings are closed December 24-26 for the Christmas holiday. All trails are open for your enjoyment!

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* Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

Nature Center offices and buildings are closed December 24-26 for the Christmas holiday. All trails are open for your enjoyment!

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* Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

Nature Center offices and buildings are closed December 24-26 for the Christmas holiday. All trails are open for your enjoyment!

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* Orienteering - Dec. 27, 2014Orienteering - Dec. 27, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm

Orienteering Saturday, December 27, 1 PM Orienteering is a common winter sport in many northern European countries. Participate on foot, skis, or snowshoes. Bring your own compass or borrow one of ours. Receive basic compass instruction before seeking control points along the trails. Registration is suggested. M $8; NM $12; M Family $18; NM Family $25.

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* Snowshoe Adventure - Dec. 29Snowshoe Adventure - Dec. 29

Time: 10:00 am

Snowshoe Adventure Monday, December 29, 10 AM Slip on a pair of our snowshoes and join us to explore winter trails. No experience needed. Learn how to stay upright and warm, and how to maneuver over or around obstacles. Wear either winter or hiking boots. Hiking or ski poles are helpful but optional. M $8; NM $12, Adults and Children. This event is for children age second grade and up with adults. Children should wear big snow boots to fit into the snowshoes. If you are considering purchasing snowshoes and you are not sure what type would be best for you, come check us out! We have several different styles to try. If we have less than 4" of snow, we will learn about snowshoeing and go for a winter hike. Dress for the weather.

* Build a Quinzhee - Dec. 29Build a Quinzhee - Dec. 29

Time: 1:00 pm

Build a Quinzhee Monday, December 29, 1 PM Bring your snow shovel to create a quinzhee—a traditional Athabascan Native American shelter made of snow. We’ll work in two stages, with a warm-up/hot chocolate break in between. Rodney, our shelter building pro, will share ideas and tips on dressing for the weather and being safe. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please preregister. Adult or children: M $4; NM $6. If we don't have sufficient snow coverage, we will take a winter hike and learn about outdoor winter survival.

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* Tracks, Tracks, TracksTracks, Tracks, Tracks

Time: 1:00 pm

Tracks, Tracks, Tracks Tuesday, December 30, 1 PM Learn to recognize tracks you see in snow as you create a unique track t-shirt with paints and rubber animal paw molds. Transform your gently-used cotton t-shirt into a fun new garment. You provide the shirt; we bring the rest! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults or children: 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.