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* Nature Center Scenes PhotosNature Center Scenes Photos

Amateur Photographers are invited to submit by July 15 their favorite 8 x 10" nature photo taken at Indian Creek Nature Center. Photos will be displayed in August. Reception for exhibit will be August 1, 7-8 pm.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

* Photo Exhibit ReceptionPhoto Exhibit Reception

Time: 7:00 pm

Opening Reception for the Amateur photo exhibit. "Nature Center Scenes". Drop in to meet these talented photographers and view their photos of the Indian Creek Nature Center. Please call to register 362-0664. Free event. 7 - 8 pm in our second floor auditorium. .

* Mid-Summer’s Eve Labyrinth Mid-Summer’s Eve Labyrinth

Time: 7:30 pm

Mid-Summer’s Eve Appreciation Walk Friday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. Indian Creek Nature Center Nothing speaks Original Iowa more than the tall grass prairie. From the rich soils that developed over millennia today’s Iowans reap our harvest. Let us absorb the beauty of the diverse flora and fauna that call prairies home and give thanks for bounty. Join Marion Patterson, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and Kathy Davis of Illuminations, at the Prairie Labyrinth at Indian Creek Nature Center for a High Summer Labyrinth Walk. Dress for the weather. Apply repellent as needed. Bring a water bottle if desired. Park at the Lynch Wetland west of the prairie or park along on Otis Road at the trail entrance. Meet at the trail entrance (we will be waiting) Register on-line through Indian Creek Nature Center by noon August 1st. Fee: $5.00 teens and adults each.

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* Eager Beaver ExplorersEager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

Become an eager beaver who's excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go for a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty! THIS CAMP IS FULL no more registrations will be accepted.

* Spies, Explorers & Navigators Spies, Explorers & Navigators

Time: 9:00 am

Spies, Explorers & Navigators in the Wild - Ages 6,7,8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27. Play predator/prey games and camouflage games to see how animals survive, hone your observation skills to discover animal tracks, trails and signs, and discover the mammals, birds, insects and reptiles that hide and hunt in woods and prairie. your "spy skills" as well as gaming skills will help you find the way. Limited to 12 participants. COST: $125 members; $145 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Eager Beaver ExplorersEager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

Become an eager beaver who's excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go for a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty! THIS CAMP IS FULL no more registrations will be accepted.

* Spies, Explorers & Navigators Spies, Explorers & Navigators

Time: 9:00 am

Spies, Explorers & Navigators in the Wild - Ages 6,7,8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27. Play predator/prey games and camouflage games to see how animals survive, hone your observation skills to discover animal tracks, trails and signs, and discover the mammals, birds, insects and reptiles that hide and hunt in woods and prairie. your "spy skills" as well as gaming skills will help you find the way. Limited to 12 participants. COST: $125 members; $145 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Eager Beaver ExplorersEager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

Become an eager beaver who's excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go for a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty! THIS CAMP IS FULL no more registrations will be accepted.

* Spies, Explorers & Navigators Spies, Explorers & Navigators

Time: 9:00 am

Spies, Explorers & Navigators in the Wild - Ages 6,7,8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27. Play predator/prey games and camouflage games to see how animals survive, hone your observation skills to discover animal tracks, trails and signs, and discover the mammals, birds, insects and reptiles that hide and hunt in woods and prairie. your "spy skills" as well as gaming skills will help you find the way. Limited to 12 participants. COST: $125 members; $145 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Eager Beaver ExplorersEager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

Become an eager beaver who's excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go for a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty! THIS CAMP IS FULL no more registrations will be accepted.

* Spies, Explorers & Navigators Spies, Explorers & Navigators

Time: 9:00 am

Spies, Explorers & Navigators in the Wild - Ages 6,7,8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27. Play predator/prey games and camouflage games to see how animals survive, hone your observation skills to discover animal tracks, trails and signs, and discover the mammals, birds, insects and reptiles that hide and hunt in woods and prairie. your "spy skills" as well as gaming skills will help you find the way. Limited to 12 participants. COST: $125 members; $145 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Create Naturally Create Naturally

Time: 9:00 am

Enjoy a day of capturing nature using cameras, sketching, watercolors and clay. Build a simple loom to create a wall hanging. Enjoy creating while being outdoors. Create an exhibit of your work to share with parents at the end of the day. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations are being accepted.

* Animals Amok!Animals Amok!

Time: 7:00 pm

Join storyteller Darrin Crow and the Nature Center staff around the bonfire for stories of mischief and mayhem from the tricksters of the animal kingdom- Rabbit, Raven, Coyote, Fox, and more. Registration available soon online. Fees will apply.

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* Grant Wood's Indian CreekGrant Wood's Indian Creek

Time: 6:30 pm

Enjoy a casual walk along the Sac and Fox Trail to find possible scenes depicted in Grant Wood’s paintings of Indian Creek. Match the scenes from the paintings to today’s Indian Creek landscape and hear stories of Grant Wood’s adventures along Rosedale Road. Walk is co-sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Indian Creek Nature Center to celebrate both Grant Wood and International Art Appreciation Week. Registration is REQUIRED by Wed., August 6th through the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art by calling 366-7503 or online at ethomas@crma.org.

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* Spelunking at Maquoketa CavesSpelunking at Maquoketa Caves

Time: 8:00 am

Ages 9 and older. Meets from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Monday, August 11. Meets at the Nature Center. Caves are cool, mysterious and a challenge to explore! Crawl underground to experience one of Iowa's fabulous natural wonders. Join our professional staff for adventure, a search for cave formations, lessons in geology and an overall great time. Limited to 12 participants with an 8 participant minimum. COST: $55 Members; $65 Non-Members. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* One Day Adv Let's Go Fishin'One Day Adv Let's Go Fishin'

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 6-8. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tuesday, August 12. Explore the pond and Indian Creek to learn about fish, crawdaddies, frogs, dragon-flies and dozens more aquatic critters. We'll go fishing with poles to see just what is swimming in the pond. Limited to 10 children. COST $35 Members; $45 Non-Members. Online registration will be available after March 15th.

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* Trail Trekkers-Backyard BirdsTrail Trekkers-Backyard Birds

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Do you have a bird feeder in your backyard? Come do some bird watching at the Nature Center's bird blind, and learn a little more about what makes birds special. Learn what feathers are made of, what birds like to eat, and see how many different birds we can find. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-Member child. Programs are for a child and parent or other adult. Register online after March 15, 2014.

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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

* One Day Adv Creek StompersOne Day Adv Creek Stompers

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 6-9. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Thursday, August 14 Explore sandbars, riffles and quiet pools along Indian Creek. We'll make and use minnow traps, discover where the crayfish hide, and catch the small aquatic critters that fish eat! Be prepared to be wet and probably a bit muddy! Limited to 12 participants. COST: $35 member; $45 Non-Member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

* Trail Trekkers-Backyard BirdsTrail Trekkers-Backyard Birds

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Do you have a bird feeder in your backyard? Come do some bird watching at the Nature Center's bird blind, and learn a little more about what makes birds special. Learn what feathers are made of, what birds like to eat, and see how many different birds we can find. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-Member child. Programs are for a child and parent or other adult. Register online after March 15, 2014.

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* Perseid PartyPerseid Party

Time: 9:00 pm

This will be a great night to spend in good company learning about constellations, stars, planets, and watching for satellites and shooting stars! Clear skies will allow us to search for hidden gems above! Binoculars and telescopes will be available, but feel free to bring your own, along with a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Attendees will be eligible to enter to win a brand new pair of Alpen Shasta Ridge binoculars! If cloudy, we’ll go on a night hike. The Perseid meteor shower occurs from August 12-16th. During the peak (Aug. 12-13) this shower can produce up to 60 meteors an hour.

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* Ribbit's Woodland WalkRibbit's Woodland Walk

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, August 16, 9:30 - 10:30 am. Ages 3-6. The woodland is a magical place! it's filled with paths to explore, and cool plants and animals. Ever wondered who lives in the woods? come with us to discover this amazing habitat and who lives there. Register online. Children: M $5; NM $6. Parents are free.

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* Trail Trekkers - Fishy FriendsTrail Trekkers - Fishy Friends

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult and meets from 9:30 to 10:30 am Meet me at the wetland just down the road! See what lives in the ponds, and do a little net fishing. Explore the mud and see what other little critters live in the bottom of the pond. Figure out how fish breathe, what they eat, what color they are, and with whom they share their watery world. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-member child. Program is for child with/parent or other adult. Online registration will be available after March 15, 2014.

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* Trail Trekkers-Fishy FriendsTrail Trekkers-Fishy Friends

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult and meets from 9:30 to 10:30 am Meet me at the wetland just down the road! See what lives in the ponds, and do a little net fishing. Explore the mud and see what other little critters live in the bottom of the pond. Figure out how fish breathe, what they eat, what color they are, and with whom they share their watery world. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-member child. Program is for child with/parent or other adult. Online registration will be available after March 15, 2014.

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* Living in Sync With NatureLiving in Sync With Nature

Time: 6:30 pm

Join a group of like-minded individuals on the 3rd Thursday of each month to socialize and discuss various earth friendly everyday life topics. For this first gathering we will discuss possible topics for future discussions, share ideas and resources. Come to listen, come to share what you are doing or share resources that you know of. Call 319-362-0664 to register by 4 PM, Tuesday, June 17. Free Will Donation.

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* Stream Walking in Hot AugustStream Walking in Hot August

Time: 1:00 pm

. Remember the fun of playing in the creek when you were a kid? Enjoy a casual walk with a naturalist up one of the Nature Center’s two streams to explore life along the stream and cool your feet. Enjoy some dip netting. Wear sandals or watershoes. No bare feet. Registration suggested. COST: M/$5 NM/$6 Children/$2

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* Teacher Naturalist TrainingTeacher Naturalist Training

Time: 12:30 pm

Thursday, August 28, 12:30 pm Volunteer Training for our Monarch Tagging Field Trips You are invited to become a volunteer at Indian Creek Nature Center to help school children discover the amazing life and migration of Monarch Butterflies. The Nature Center naturalists will provide background information and a hands-on experience to enable you to lead a monarch tagging experience. Call us for more information 366-0664.

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* Tagging Migrating MonarchsTagging Migrating Monarchs

Time: 1:00 pm

Tagging the Migrating Monarch Butterflies Saturday, August 30, 1:00 PM Learn about the monarch butterfly migration and how it depends on native plants! Catch and tag butterflies in our prairie for Monarch Watch. Learn ways you can help monarchs all year as well as during this incredible 3000-mile journey. Advance registration recommended. M $4; NM $6. Children: $2

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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

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.

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

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.