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Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

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* GSA - Trekking TrailsGSA - Trekking Trails

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Brownie 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. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to www.girlscoutstoday.org to register online

* GSA - X Marks the SpotGSA - X Marks the Spot

Time: 12:00 pm

Saturday, November 1, 2014 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. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to www.girlscoutstoday.org to register online.

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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

* Coffee and ChatCoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Coffee and Chat Thursday, November 13 9–10 AM On the second Thursday of each month, all are welcome to gather in ICNC’s sunroom to enjoy coffee and conversation about the latest happenings. 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.

* Home School-Iowa HabitatsHome School-Iowa Habitats

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World”. Exploring Iowa habitats. The beautiful fall prairie and woods is waiting for you to experience and explore. Take a scientific look to learn about the specific animals and plants that use each habitat and the habitats unique conditions. Learn about food chains, photosynthesis, layers of life in each habitat, and special features different plant and animals have to help them live in these very different habitats. 2 hour program. Be prepared to be outdoors on the trails. If raining, the program will be held on Monday, November 10 at 1 PM. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* BSA - Your Living WorldBSA - Your Living World

Time: 6:00 pm

Wolf Cub Achievement #7 “Your Living World” Friday, November 14, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS WORKSHOP Spend the evening learning ways to help your planet. Discuss pollution problems and learn about conserving energy at home. Make the habitat better for wildlife at ICNC. (Fulfills requirements a, b, c, d & f) REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration and payment are required prior to the event. This can be done online, in person, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. Use a separate registration form for each event. 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 (by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the event). Late registrations will be excepted through the Wednesday preceding the event at an additional fee of $2/scout. Payment must accompany registration. To register, call 319-362-0664 or visit: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org. To complete the process you must also download and fill out one Registration Form and one Roster sheet per pack/group and submit these two forms to ICNC via email or fax.

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* BSA Forester BadgeBSA Forester Badge

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM Boy Scouts - Webelos If you love to explore trees in your own backyard and would like to learn more about what a forester does, you should check out this workshop. Learn how to identify trees and other plants of the forest and more.(Fulfills requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 9) Registration and payment are required prior to the event. This can be done online, in person, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. Use a separate registration form for each event. 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 (by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the event). Late registrations will be excepted through the Wednesday preceding the event at an additional fee of $2/scout. Payment must accompany registration. To register, call 319-362-0664 or visit: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org. To complete the process you must also download and fill out one Registration Form and one Roster sheet per pack/group and submit these two forms to ICNC via email or fax.

* Winter Bird Feeding 101Winter Bird Feeding 101

Time: 1:00 pm

Now, before snow flies, is the time to place your feeders and prepare for winter bird watching enjoyment. Learn what feeders and bird seed best attract and help birds, how to avoid window collisions and other potential bird feeding problems, ways to provide water, and how to identify your feathered diners. M $4; NM $6.

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* BSA Sharing World w/WildlifeBSA Sharing World w/Wildlife

Time: 6:00 pm

Bear Cub Achievement #5 Sharing your World with Wildlife Friday, November 21, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM CLOSED - This workshop is FULL - no more registrations accepted. Join an Indian Creek Nature Center naturalist for an evening of fun! We will explore various habitats, learn about extinct and endangered animals, feed the birds, and much more! (Fulfills requirements a, c, d & e) Registration and payment are required prior to the event. This can be done online, in person, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. Use a separate registration form for each event. 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 (by 4 p.m. on the Friday prior to the event). Late registrations will be excepted through the Wednesday preceding the event at an additional fee of $2/scout. Payment must accompany registration. To register, call 319-362-0664 or visit: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org. To complete the process you must also download and fill out one Registration Form and one Roster sheet per pack/group and submit these two forms to ICNC via email or fax.

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* Chili Luncheon & Gear AuctionChili Luncheon & Gear Auction

Time: 12:00 pm

Chili Luncheon and Outdoor Gear Silent Auction Saturday, November 22 12 AM-2 PM Chili luncheon & Bidding from Noon- 1:30 pm Are you looking for a fun way to pick up outdoor gear for birding, gardening, camping, fishing or hiking at a great price? Or just looking for a great bowl of chili for lunch? Shop the most unique auction around to bid on a variety of gently-used gear and outdoor items. Just $6 lets you sample a variety of chilies made by members of the Cedar Wapsie Chapter of the Sierra Club. Proceeds from the auction and lunch benefit both the local Sierra Club and Indian Creek Nature Center. All are welcome. For more info, call the Nature Center or check our website. Do you have unused outdoor gear stashed in your garage, closet or attic? Please consider donating items to our auction!

* GSA - Tricks of the TrailGSA - Tricks of the Trail

Time: 4:00 pm

“Tricks of the Trail” Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:00-6:00 PM - Girl Scouts - Cadette. 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 workshop. Cost: $11/Scout Attendance requirement: Minimum of 10 Scouts and maximum of 60. Registration and payment must be completed no later than Thursday the week prior to the scheduled workshop (at least 8 days before the workshop). Workshop registrations should be made through the Girl Scout office. To register by phone call 319-363-8335 or go to www.girlscoutstoday.org to register online

* Under the StarsUnder the Stars

Time: 6:30 pm

Under the Stars Saturday, November 22 6:30 PM Join us for a relaxing evening under the stars, soaking in some ancient sunshine. Watch for satellites and learn about fall constellations. We may spot a few late Leonid meteors! (The Leonid meteor shower peaks around November 17th.) Binoculars and telescopes will be available, but feel free to bring your own, along with a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. If cloudy, we’ll enjoy a night hike. Program cancelled if raining. Adults: M $5; NM $6. Children age 10 and under: $3.

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* Thanksgiving - Trails are OpenThanksgiving - Trails are Open

All trails are open for your enjoyment! Nature Center offices and buildings are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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* Thanksgiving - Trails are OpenThanksgiving - Trails are Open

All trails are open for your enjoyment! Nature Center offices and buildings are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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* Thanksgiving - Trails are OpenThanksgiving - Trails are Open

All trails are open for your enjoyment! Nature Center offices and buildings are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

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* Thanksgiving - Trails are OpenThanksgiving - Trails are Open

All trails are open for your enjoyment! Nature Center offices and buildings are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 for Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

           
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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.