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* Spring Plant SaleSpring Plant Sale

Time: 9:00 am

Nature Center Guild Annual Spring Plant Sale. You will find wonderful plants of all types, yard art, willow trellis & towers for your yard and garden. Local vendors also offer a wide variety of yard art, foods and garden plants for sale. Open 9 am - noon

* Backyard Chickens Workshop Backyard Chickens Workshop

Time: 2:00 pm

This Class has been rescheduled for Friday, May 8 at 6:30 pm.

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* Full Flower MoonFull Flower Moon

Time: 7:30 pm

Enjoy a casual walk beginning before sunset to enjoy spring ephemeral wildflowers along the trails. Early May is when woodland ephemeral wildflowers are in full bloom. We’ll enjoy a spring sunset and the rising full moon will light our path as we return. Meet at the barn. Walk will be approximately one mile on grass paths and natural trails in both prairie and woods. Individual: M $4; NM $6. Family: M $10; NM $15.

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* Home School-Life in the WaterHome School-Life in the Water

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World” Life in the Water: Exploring the Pond. Wednesday, May 6, 1 PM. This water experience focuses on all the life that lives in and around the pond and creek. The water habitats are home to many creatures, both unique and bizarre, that survive and thrive in their wet world. Use scientific tools to measure the water quality of our pond and nets to collect and examine the life in the pond. Be prepared for mud. 2 hours. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* Backyard Chickens Workshop Backyard Chickens Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Backyard Chickens Workshop Friday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 pm Learn the basic information you need to raise hens in urban and suburban 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. Register by 4 PM on Thursday, April 30. M $10; NM $12.

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* IOWATER WorkshopIOWATER Workshop

Time: 8:30 am

IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an introductory workshop in the auditorium. Participants will learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers, and lakes through classroom instruction and hands-on training. Registration fees are $20 per person or $30 for a team and cover all program fees, meals, and testing equipment. Pre-registration required by May 2. For more information or to register, please visit www.iowadnr.gov/iowater and click on “Calendar of Events.”

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* Cub Corner: Tree TalkCub Corner: Tree Talk

Time: 10:00 am

We invite preschoolers and parents to join us for an exciting adventure each month in Cub Corner. Did you know that trees tell stories? Come hear great stories from apartment trees and the animals that live in them. Learn the parts of a tree, explore the years and celebrate a tree’s birthday by learning to read tree rings! Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and do a craft. Children: M $5; NM $8. Parents: Free.

* Garden Party: Calling All NatuGarden Party: Calling All Natu

Time: 5:30 pm

May showers bring more flowers. Join the Garden Party Crew each month for discussion on upcoming land restoration projects, opportunities to volunteer and, of course, a little dirty work, too. Bring a snack to share if you desire, and join us in keeping our campus beautiful. All ages are welcome. 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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* Cub Corner: Tree TalkCub Corner: Tree Talk

Time: 10:00 am

We invite preschoolers and parents to join us for an exciting adventure each month in Cub Corner. Did you know that trees tell stories? Come hear great stories from apartment trees and the animals that live in them. Learn the parts of a tree, explore the years and celebrate a tree’s birthday by learning to read tree rings! Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and do a craft. Children: M $5; NM $8. Parents: Free.

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* Eco-SwapEco-Swap

Time: 1:00 pm

Eco-Swap Sunday, May 17, 1-3 PM At Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center 120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA Eco-Swaps are a way for people to come together and “swap” items they no longer want or need for items that they do want or need. Everything is FREE, so no money is exchanged. Bring an item(s) to swap and be sure it is in good condition and working order. Each individual is responsible for taking un-swapped items home with them. Don't have items to swap? No worries, you are still welcome to come. The philosophy behind an eco-swap is one of love, abundance and sharing. Partners include Indian Creek Nature Center, Catherine McAuley Center, The Tapestry, and Lovely Lane Methodist Church. For more information call Prairiewoods at 319-395-6700 or visit www.prairiewoods.org. Free.

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* CLOSED - Memorial DayCLOSED - Memorial Day

Buildings and Offices Closed. All trails are open for your enjoyment sunrise to sunset.

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* Monarchs & Milkweed Seed BombsMonarchs & Milkweed Seed Bombs

Time: 10:00 am

Andria Cossolotto and Patty Ankrum, members of Monarchs of Eastern Iowa, raised monarch caterpillars throughout last summer and released the adult butterflies to the wild. Last winter they traveled to Mexico to visit the monarch winter resting site. Come hear about their experiences and learn more about this amazing insect. Discuss how you can help monarch butterflies survive. Make milkweed seed balls from mud and seed (a.k.a.“seed bombs”); then hike out to the prairie and toss the bombs about, to increase the milkweed diversity of the prairie. We may even spot some monarch butterflies returning to Iowa by then! Participants will be welcome to take seed bombs home to introduce milkweed into the home habitat. Adults: M $5; NM $8. Children age 3 and up: $3.

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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.