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* Your Maple Syruping Heritage. Your Maple Syruping Heritage.

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World” Your Maple Syruping Heritage. Thursday, March 5, 1 PM. Maple syrup making has an interesting and unique history. Discover both the history and how to’s of maple syruping as you use tools to tap trees, visit a sugar house and enjoy maple syrup on ice cream. Learn how to make maple syrup at home from your own maple tree. Reading Little House in the Woods by Laura Engles Wilder is a great preparation for your experience. 1 ½ hours. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* BSA Bear - American IndiansBSA Bear - American Indians

Time: 6:00 pm

Friday, March 6, 2015 6:00-8:00 PM Boy Scouts - Bear Cub Achievement #24 Find out about the Native Americans who lived in this area. Hear “How Turtle Flew South” and other American Indian legends during a storytelling session with a naturalist. Find out what these people used as shelter, create a map using Native American symbols, and play American Indian games. (Fulfills requirements a, b & c) 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.

* BSA Wolf - American IndiansBSA Wolf - American Indians

Time: 6:00 pm

Wolf Cub Elective #10 “American Indians” Friday, March 6, 2015 6:00-8:00 PM Find out about the Native Americans who lived in this area. Hear “How Turtle Flew South” and other American Indian legends during a storytelling session with a naturalist. Find out what these people used as shelter, create a map using Native American symbols, and play American Indian games. This program is offered to Wolf and Bear Cubs at the same time (also listed under Bear Cub offerings). (Fulfills requirements a, d, e & f) 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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* It's Maple Syrupin' Time!It's Maple Syrupin' Time!

Time: 1:00 pm

Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree; visit the Maple Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup; and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream. Cost: $4 per person ages 3 and up. Register online at www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org or Call 319-362-0664 to register.

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* Cub Corner: Maple SyrupingCub Corner: Maple Syruping

Time: 10:00 am

Preschoolers and parents, join us to listen to Native American legends, tap a tree and visit the Maple Sugar House to see how sap is made into delicious syrup. The hour ends with a taste of our real maple syrup on ice cream! Cost: $4 per person.

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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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* Backyard Chickens WorkshopBackyard Chickens Workshop

Time: 6:30 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 noon on Friday, March 13. M $10; NM $12.

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* It's Maple Syrupin' Time!It's Maple Syrupin' Time!

Time: 1:00 pm

Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree; visit the Maple Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup; and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream. Cost: $4 per person ages 3 and up. Register online at www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org or Call 319-362-0664.

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* Sticky Sappy Woodstove StoriesSticky Sappy Woodstove Stories

Time: 1:00 pm

Storyteller Darrin Crow brings to life Native American legends and pioneer folk tales of maple syrup making in this fun, family evening. Visit the sugar house and learn about the syruping process. Enjoy great stories and activities, and taste the Nature Center’s own syrup on ice cream. Register online at www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org or call 319-362-0664 Adults: M $4; NM $5. Family: M $10; NM $12.

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* It's Maple Syrupin' Time!It's Maple Syrupin' Time!

Time: 2:00 pm

Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree; visit the Maple Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup; and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream. Cost: $4 per person ages 3 and up. Register online at www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org or Call 319-362-0664.

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* Maple Syrup FestivalMaple Syrup Festival

Time: 8:00 am

Saturday & Sunday - March 21 & 22nd 8 am - 12:30 both days Maple Syrupin' Time! Enjoy pancakes with pure maple syrup, sausage on the grill plus demonstrations of how trees are tapped and maple syrup is made. A yummy, fun festival for the whole family to celebrate Syrupin' Season! Discount tickets available online until noon Friday, March 20th. Advance tickets: Adult $8; Children 4-12 $4; children 3 and under are free.

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* Maple Syrup FestivalMaple Syrup Festival

Time: 8:00 am

Saturday & Sunday - March 21 & 22nd 8 am - 12:30 both days Maple Syrupin' Time! Enjoy pancakes with pure maple syrup, sausage on the grill plus demonstrations of how trees are tapped and maple syrup is made. A yummy, fun festival for the whole family to celebrate Syrupin' Season! Discount tickets available online until noon Friday, March 20th. Advance tickets: Adult $8; Children 4-12 $4; children 3 and under are free.

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* ClosedClosed

Buildings and offices are closed. All trails are open from sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

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* It's Maple Syrupin' Time!It's Maple Syrupin' Time!

Time: 2:00 pm

Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree; visit the Maple Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup; and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream. Cost: $4 per person ages 3 and up. Register online or Call 319-362-0664.

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* Cub Corner: Maple SyrupingCub Corner: Maple Syruping

Time: 10:00 am

Preschoolers and parents, join us to listen to Native American legends, tap a tree and visit the Maple Sugar House to see how sap is made into delicious syrup. The hour ends with a taste of our real maple syrup on ice cream! Cost: $4 per person ages 3 and up.

* It's Maple Syrupin' Time!It's Maple Syrupin' Time!

Time: 1:00 pm

Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree; visit the Maple Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup; and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream. Cost: $4 per person ages 3 and up. Register online or Call 319-362-0664 to register.

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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.