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* CLOSED - July 4th HolidayCLOSED - July 4th Holiday

Buildings and Offices are closed for the July 4th Holiday. All trails are open sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

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* CLOSED - July 4th HolidayCLOSED - July 4th Holiday

Buildings and Offices are closed for the July 4th Holiday. All trails are open sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

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* Eager Beaver Explorers Eager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

The perfect half day camp for young campers! Eager beavers are esc ited about hiking, catching bugs, going on bird hunts, and exploring the pond. wild adventures are behind every bush as you explore and learn about Iowa's wild world.

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* Eager Beaver Explorers Eager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

The perfect half day camp for young campers! Eager beavers are esc ited about hiking, catching bugs, going on bird hunts, and exploring the pond. wild adventures are behind every bush as you explore and learn about Iowa's wild world.

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* Eager Beaver Explorers Eager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

The perfect half day camp for young campers! Eager beavers are esc ited about hiking, catching bugs, going on bird hunts, and exploring the pond. wild adventures are behind every bush as you explore and learn about Iowa's wild world.

* Trail Trekkers - Earth RocksTrail Trekkers - Earth Rocks

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Earth RocksEdit This camp is Full. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Wednesday, July 8, 9:30 – 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult The earth below our feet is filled with rocks and mysteries! Come learn a bit about dinosaurs and fossils, rocks, and what rocks are made of. Go on a rock hunt, and adopt a pet rock of your own! $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

* Graden Party: Land StewardsGraden Party: Land Stewards

Time: 5:30 pm

Garden Party: Calling All Land Stewards! Wednesday, July 8, 5:30-7 PM July may bring the heat, but don’t let it beat you down. At this monthly volunteer event we will discuss and highlight opportunities for upcoming land management projects and spend time working outdoors. As always, meet at the barn for a snack and pack your own water bottle. 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

* Eager Beaver Explorers Eager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

The perfect half day camp for young campers! Eager beavers are esc ited about hiking, catching bugs, going on bird hunts, and exploring the pond. wild adventures are behind every bush as you explore and learn about Iowa's wild world.

* Trail Trekkers - Earth RocksTrail Trekkers - Earth Rocks

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Earth RocksEdit Camp is FULL, no more registrations accepted. Thursday, July 9, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult The earth below our feet is filled with rocks and mysteries! Come learn a bit about dinosaurs and fossils, rocks, and what rocks are made of. Go on a rock hunt, and adopt a pet rock of your own! $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Monarch Butterfly PartyMonarch Butterfly Party

Time: 6:30 pm

Friday, July 10, 6:30 PM Tour our butterfly hoop house, see our monarch caterpillar raising project, and learn what you can do at home to create a safe haven for butterflies. Kid activities, family fun. Program length: 90 Min. Adults: M $4; NM $5. Children ages 4-12: $2.

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* Stream WalkingStream Walking

Time: 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 11, 1 PM Join us to explore Indian Creek looking out from inside of the stream. Net some creek life, explore the sandbars, and just cool off as you play in the stream shallows. Wear old shoes or boots to protect your feet. Naturalists will help you find and identify amazing stream critters! Program length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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* WildingWilding

Time: 9:00 am

Wilding (Ages 10-11)Edit July 13-16 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Experience the skills that allow you to comfortably live in the wild. Fire building and safety are essential. Primitive shelter building and learn to identify and prepare various wild foods and teas. Use a compass and map to find your way, and learn basic trail first aid. As you explore the wilder areas of the nature center you will also learn about the wildlife that lives here. Limited to 16 campers. $130 Members; $150 Nonmembers

* Wild Cat CampWild Cat Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Wild Cats Camp (Ages 8-9) Session 2: July 13-16, 9 a.m. – 3 pm Hands-on adventures will take you to every habitat at the nature center. Explore Bena Brook, discover the pine groves, use dip nets at the ponds to catch aquatic critters. Learn about amazing birds, mighty mammals and curious critters that live in Iowa habitats. Play camouflage games to discover how animals survive; discover animal trails, tracks and signs; and learn about the predators who hunt and the prey that escapes. Limited to 12 campers. $130 Members; $150 Nonmembers

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* Serious Shelters in the WildSerious Shelters in the Wild

Time: 9:00 am

Serious Shelters in the Wild (ages 10 and older),Edit Friday, July 17 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Work with experienced adults to build a shelter in the woods totally from the materials nature offers. Think creatively as you engineer a unique structure and learn about knots, tools, and effective construction techniques. $35 Members; $50 Nonmembers

* Flash Dance in the Prairie!Flash Dance in the Prairie!

Time: 8:30 pm

Friday, July 17, 8:30 PM At dusk, fireflies magically appear, dancing above the grasses. Enjoy an evening of firefly flash codes, discover how to recognize different species by light color and learn how you can keep fireflies’ flash in our yards and neighborhoods. Like many insects, fireflies are disappearing but a few simple changes in our backyards will ensure their presence in our summer evenings. Program length: 90 Min. Individuals: M $3; NM $4. Family: M $7; NM $10.

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* Bats, Birds & ButterfliesBats, Birds & Butterflies

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Bats, Birds and Butterflies This camp is FULL. Nor more registrations available. We will maintain a waiting list in the case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to the waiting list, call 362-0664. Tuesday, July 21, 9:30 - 10:30 am What do all three of these things have in common? Wings! Find out how these creatures are alike, and how they are very different at the same time. $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain

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* Bats, Birds & ButterfliesBats, Birds & Butterflies

Time: 9:30 am

Wednesday, July 22, 9:30 - 10:30 am This camp is FULL, no more registrations accepted. We will maintain a waiting list for any possible cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call 362-0664. What do all three of these things have in common? Wings! Find out how these creatures are alike, and how they are very different at the same time. Trail Trekkers - Bats, Birds and Butterflies Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Trees and Quiet A Nature NightTrees and Quiet A Nature Night

Time: 6:30 pm

Trees and Quiet A Nature Night for Caregivers and Children Ages 3-12 Friday, July 24, 6:30-8 PM Are you missing time spent in nature where you could hear sounds other than stomping feet and chatty little voices that scare wildlife away? Here’s your chance to have a little “Trees and Quiet” at Indian Creek Nature Center. While the staff provides nature activities for your children near the barn, you have quiet time to explore the trails, enjoy the birds or marvel at the wildflowers. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Free-will donation. To register, call 362-0664.

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* Blue Moon WalkBlue Moon Walk

Time: 8:00 pm

Blue Moon Walk Friday, July 31, 8 PM Now is “once in a blue moon.” Join us for a quiet evening walk to enjoy summer’s Blue Moon and learn a bit about moon lore and evening sounds. Meet at the barn. Program length: 90 Minutes. M $4; NM $6.

 

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Land Conservation

Conserving the Nature Center’s Land

Original Nature Center Land

140 acres leased in 1973. Trails invite visitors to explore prairies and savannas, wetlands and pine groves. This land that was once intensely farmed now provides habitat for wild turkey, great horned owls, bluebirds, and fox. Many of the Nature Center’s programs take place here.

Allsop Woods

24 acres donated in 2001. Currently closed to the public, this landscape serves as a wildlife refuge. These woods are dominated by mature oaks, hickories, and sugar maples growing in steep ravines. Species include pileated woodpeckers, indigo buntings, and yellowbellied sapsuckers. The Nature Center features guided hikes through the hilly terrain; watch the calendar for upcoming dates.

Vecny Woods

A couple enjoy a walk on a hillside in Vecny Woods at Indian Creek Nature Center28 acres leased in 2008. Open to the public, this landscape has a diversity of spring wildflowers and groves of mature oaks, maples, and walnuts. Steep ravines make this topographically interesting. No trails are currently on the land. This property is permanently protected through the state’s Resource Enhancement And Protection program.

Bena Homestead

3 acres purchased in 2005. Currently closed to the public. This land provides storage for Nature Center equipment, a storm shelter for guided programs,  and expands an oak-hickory savanna.

Bena Farm

Stepping Stone path across Bena Brook at the Indian Creek Nature Center67 acres purchased in 1994. Eroding soybean fields were replanted to prairie, old farm buildings were removed, and thousands of saplings were planted. This landscape features Bena Brook and a small sand prairie. It is permanently protected  through a conservation easement held by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Many of the Nature Center’s programs take place here.

Grandon Woods

27 acres donated in 2010. Currently closed to the public, this landscape serves as a wildlife refuge. Mature walnuts and oaks stand on a gentle slope leading to Indian Creek. A new prairie reconstruction will soon blossom where buildings once stood, and provide a haven for wild animals close to town. The Nature Center features guided hikes through the woods; watch the calendar for upcoming dates.

Conserving Your Land

The Nature Center is interested in expanding protected open space in the area, and there are a number of possibilities for land owners interested in the long-term care of their land. All land conservation programs and entities have specific guidelines and criteria that reflect their mission and purpose. We have general information about some of the available tools, and are happy to talk with you about your land. A few of the possibilities include:

  • Enrolling the land in a government program, such as the Conservation Reserve Program or the Timber Reserve Program.
  • Placing the land in a conservation easement, through the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Johnson County Heritage Trust, or other legally recognized land trust.
  • Donating or selling the land to a nonprofit, such as The Nature Conservancy or the Indian Creek Nature Center.
  • Donating or selling the land to a government agency, such as the Department of Natural Resources or your county.