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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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Creek Camp…

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Where REAL Experiences Happen !

  June, July and August 2014

create…play…adventure…wonder…fresh air…mud between your toes…fish..bugs…woods…prairie…birds…animals…new friends…experience Nature!

 To Register, choose your date on our calendar, then click on “details”

All Campers are required to complete registration which includes choosing your programs, filling out permission and emergency contact forms and having all items turned in to the Nature Center at least ONE WEEK Prior to the first day of camp.  Without all these forms, your registration is NOT considered finished.  Plan ahead and register early!

2014 Camp Schedule, Handbook and Forms (download HERE)



2014 Camp Schedule Below


 Trail Trekkers

Ages 3, 4, 5 

$6 Member Child; $8 Non-member Child  per session

Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount)   Attend all six programs for $30 Member; $40 Non-Member.

Trail Trekkers Camping Out

Wednesday, June 18 or Thursday, June 19
9:30 – 10:30

Wear your jammies and bring your teddy bear today! Come have a taste of camping out in the comfort the the Nature Center yard. See what it is like in a tent. Roast a marshmallow or two and tell some fun outdoor stories. We’ll sing songs, and talk about all the things you would need on a real camping trip.  This program is for a child and parent or other adult. Limited to 14 children.

Trail Trekkers Wild Things

Monday, June 30 or Tuesday, July 1
9:30 – 10:30

Wild Things: What’s wild? Explore a few of the wonderfully wild places at the Nature Center, and get to know some of the wild animals that share our world! Be sure to wear your hiking shoes! We’ll be going for a long walk.  Limited to 14 children.

Trail Trekkers Worm World

Monday, July 14 or Tuesday, July 15
9:30 – 10:30

Worm World: Have you ever been curious about the life of a worm? Learn more about where they live, what they eat, and how they’re made! We’ll spend some time up close and personal with some worms, and then go worm hunting.   Limited to 14 children.

Trail Trekkers Rainbow Magic

Wednesday, July 23 or Thursday, July 24
9:30 – 10:30

Color surrounds us! Spend some time talking about colors in nature and what it all means. Why are some birds red and others are blue? Are all fish orange like a goldfish? What about camouflage? We’ll go on a rainbow hike, and look for colorful plants and animals.  Limited to 14 children.

Trail Trekkers Backyard Birds

Wednesday, August 13 or Thursday, August 14
9:30 – 10:30

Backyard Birds: Do you have a bird feeder in your back yard?  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.

Trail Trekkers Fishy Friends

Monday, August 18 or Tuesday, August 19
9:30 – 10:30

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.


Creek Camps

Ages vary so please read each camp description and choose the appropriate program for your child

Eager Beaver Explorers (ages 5,6,7)

Session 1: Tuesday – Friday, June 24 – 27   9:00 am – Noon

Session 2: Monday – Thursday, August 9:00 am – Noon

 $65 Member/$75 Non-member

Become an eager beaver who’s excited to hike trails, catch bugs, go on a bird hunt, and visit the pond to discover wild naturalist adventures. We will be outside and active and will come back dirty!  Limited to 12 participants.


Wild Cats Camp (ages 6,7,8)

Session 1: Monday – Thursday, July 7   FULL – no longer available

Session 2: Monday – Thursday, July 28-31   9:00 am – 3:00 pm

 $125 Member/$145 Non-member

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. Limited to 12 participants


Spies, Explorers and Navigators in the Wild (ages 8-11)

Session 1: Tuesday – Friday, June 24-27       9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Session 2: Monday – Thursday, August 4-7    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$125 Member/$145 Non-member

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 16 kids.


Survivor Camp (Ages 9 and older)

Session 1: Monday – Friday, July 7-11,   9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Session 2: Monday – Friday, July 28-August 1,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$155 Member/$185 Non-member

Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite & 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 kids.

 One Day Adventures!

Ages vary so please read camp descriptions and choose the appropriate activities for you child.

Let’s Go Fishing (Ages 6-8)

 Tuesday, July 1 or Tuesday, August 12   9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$35 Member/$45 Non-member

Explore the pond and Indian Creek to learn about fish, crawdaddies, frogs, dragonflies and dozens more aquatic critters. We’ll go fishing with poles to see just what is swimming in the pond. Limited to 10 participants.


Fishin’ & Fryin’ (Ages 9 and older)

Thursday, July 3 or Wednesday, August 13   9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$35 Member/$45 Non-member

Bring your fishing gear for a day of exploring, fishing and tasting your catch. Discover where fish hang out, what makes good bait, how to clean your catch and how to fry them up for a great feast.  No fishing gear? Let us know and we’ll help out. Meet at the Nature Center and fish at Prairie Park Fishery.  Limited to 10 participants.

Creek Stompers (ages 8-12)

Wednesday, July 2 or Thursday, Aug. 14      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$35 Member/$45 Non-membe

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.

Create Naturally (ages 8-12)

Friday, July 11 or Friday, August 8        9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$35 Member / $45 Non-member

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. Limited to 10 participants.


Spelunking at Maquoketa Caves (ages 9 and older)

Monday, June 30    or Monday, August 11       8:00 am – 4:00 pm

 $55 Member/$65 NonMember

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, 8 minimum.

 2014 Handbook

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All registration must be complete at least one week prior to the first day of the camp. To register, please complete both sides of the last page of this booklet, and mail or drop it and your payment off at:

Indian Creek Nature Center
6665 Otis Rd. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
If you have any questions, please call us! 319-362-066.  We are excited to see your child at Creek Camp this year. By registering your child, they will receive a complimentary Creek Camp tshirt, and a membership in the Creek Camp Club which will carry future benefits. We are looking forward to FUN this summer!

Creek Camp Staff

Creek Camp is led and supervised by professional naturalist staff and trained teacher-naturalist volunteers.

Drop Off:

Park in the lot across from the Nature Center and walk your child to the barn. The building opens at 8:45 AM each camp day.

Pick Up:

Pick up your child promptly in the exhibit area of the Nature Center. If there is an emergency and you will be late, you are required to call the Nature Center so arrangements can be made.
Campers must stay in the building until you arrive to pick them up.

The building closes at 4:00 PM.

The Nature Center will provide healthy snacks and beverage/water each day. Please let us know of any food allergies
at registration.

Inclement Weather

Rainy-days or hot weather will not cancel the program. We provide related indoor or quiet activities in the shade when necessary. Please call ahead to check on weather and program status if in doubt.

What to Bring Campers need to bring the following

LABELED items from home:

  • Lunch- pack a nutritious lunch that doesn’t require refrigeration or cooking. We encourage the use of reusable containers   and recyclables that produce the least amount of waste.
  • Water bottle for drinking throughout the day and on hikes
  • Comfortable light colored clothing appropriate for the weather that day
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant for use if needed
  • Sturdy shoes (no sandals or open-toed shoes)
  • Old shoes or water shoes if your child is in a water related camp
  • A small backpack to carry supplies on hikes
  • Rain gear

Nature Center Rules

  1. It is our goal that all campers have a positive, meaningful and fun experience here at the Nature Center.  With that in       mind, the following rules should be reviewed with your child before attending camp.
  2. The Nature Center is a preserve. Do not disturb animals or their homes. Do not pick or collect plants or other objects. (There may be times when your leader will give you permission to collect.)
  3. Treat all people, animals and plants with respect.
  4. When on a hike, stay on the trails and with your leader/group at all times.
  5. Toys or electronic games should not be brought to camp.
  6. If a camper repeatedly displays disruptive or disrespectful behavior, Nature Center staff will request the child be picked up promptly by a parent/adult.
  7. Bullying will not be tolerated.