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Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Fall Mushrooms Photo ExhibitFall Mushrooms Photo Exhibit

October-November: Fall Mushrooms Photography by Roger Heidt. Exhibit in the barn. Hours: Monday-Friday 9-4; Saturday 11-4.

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* coffee and Chatcoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Coffee and Chat Thursday, October 9 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.

* 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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* BSA -"Birds" - Wolf Cub BSA -"Birds" - Wolf Cub

Time: 6:00 pm

The Nature Center is the place to be if you enjoy watching our feathered friends and learning more about them! Discover the mysteries of migration, build your very own bird feeder, and play bird games in this fun-filled workshop. (Fulfills Requirements: a, c, d & e.) Registration closes Oct. 1st. 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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* GSA - Wonders of WaterGSA - Wonders of Water

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:30-11:30 AM - Girls Scouts - Brownie “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 watercolors. 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. 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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* Home School-Migrating BirdsHome School-Migrating Birds

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program - Birds, Migration and Preparing for Winter. The outdoor world is scrambling to prepare for the cold and snow. Bird activities are what we most often notice where you live in an urban or rural setting. Learn about how birds that stay in Iowa survive, how those that migrate know when & where, and how you can help those that stay. Learn about Citizen Scientist migration studies you can take part in. 1 ½ hours. Indoors and outdoors. Indoor program if raining. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* BSA - Water & Soil Cons.BSA - Water & Soil Cons.

Time: 6:00 pm

Bear Cub Elective #15 - “Water and Soil Conservation” Friday, October 17, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 PM Where does soil come from and how is it made? What is the water cycle? Who are decomposers and what do they do? What is conservation? These are a few questions that will be answered through games, hands-on experiments, and investigations during this visit to ICNC. Registration closes Oct. 7th. (Fulfills Requirements: a, b, c, d & e.) Register online 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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* GSA - Nature's ArtGSA - Nature's Art

Time: 9:30 am

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:30-11:00 AM. Girl Scouts - Daisy - 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. 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

* Migration: Fall PhenomenonMigration: Fall Phenomenon

Time: 1:00 pm

Migration: The Fall Nature Phenomenon Saturday, October 18, 1 PM Explore the mysterious migrations of birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Learn how various creatures know when and where to go. Explore large and small migration journeys. M $3; NM $5; children $2.

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* Eagle Scout OrientationEagle Scout Orientation

Time: 9:00 am

Interested in learning more about eagle scout service project opportunities at ICNC? Come and learn about available upcoming projects and begin the process. Preregistration required.

* Gather Prairie Seed Gather Prairie Seed

Time: 11:00 am

Gather Prairie Seed for Your Yard Saturday, October 25 11 AM-1 PM After decades of successful prairie restoration, the Nature Center is sharing its seed. Learn restoration basics and seed collection strategies. Spend time with our land stewards collecting seed for your prairie project. Bring a paper bag for seed collecting. Cost: $15 plus a large paper bag for your seed.

* Halloween Fun - Scary Stories!Halloween Fun - Scary Stories!

Time: 2:00 pm

Halloween Fun at the Nature Center: Scary Stories! Saturday, October 25, 2 PM. Join master storyteller Darrin Crow for stories that bump, jump, and thump! Darrin’s animated performance will actively engage adults and children alike as they enjoy these slightly scary and very fun tales. Create a mask to conceal yourself from all scary critters. Register at indiancreeknaturecenter.org or call 319 362-0664. Children (ages 5 & up): M $2; NM $3. Adults: M $4; NM $5.

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Green Practices

Here at the Indian Creek Nature, we are constantly working to implement as many green practices as possible so that we tread gently on the earth. Use this guide to take your own, self-directed “Green Tour” of the Indian Creek Nature Center.

Energy Efficiency

Tankless Electric Water Heater

Heats water just before it is used, minimizing the need to constantly keep water hot. Look in kitchen (lower level) under the sink on the back wall of the cupboard.

Programmable Thermostats

These allow users to set the time they want the furnace to start and the time they want the thermostat at a cooler temperature. The furnace turns on before staff arrive, allowing staff and visitors a pleasant experience, but are set to 55 when the building is empty. There is one in the hallway by the restrooms.

Flat-Panel LCD Computer Screen Monitors

These use a fraction of the energy as standard monitors, and take up a much smaller portion of the desktop. Peek in any office.

Soy-based Wall Insulation

This product has an environmentally-friendly base, and provides a high insulating value. It also reduces mouse problems and cold air leaks, as it penetrates and fills small gaps. Look in the lower level exhibit area on the brick wall.

Air Conditioner

Where? Where? Air conditioners draw a tremendous amount of energy. For most of the summer, an open window and fan can keep the building habitable. When it does become extremely hot and muggy, as Iowa does, the Nature Center occasionally closes the doors instead of paying to keep the building climate controlled.

Lights on Motion Sensors

Reduces lights being left on when a room isn’t occupied. Found throughout the building.

Sun Tunnel

Allows natural day light into the room, often eliminating the need for lights. Second level, Resource Room

Compact Fluorescent Lighting

Significantly reduces the amount of energy used to light a space. Found throughout the building.

Photovoltaic Electrical Array

Look upstairs in the Sun room; see below for description. 

Efficient Windows

Double panes, gas between the panes, glazing, and tight trim reduce energy loss.  Look upstairs in the Sun room.

Window Quilts

Keeps cold air out.  Found throughout the building. Look upstairs in the Sun room.

Water Efficiency

Wetland Waste Water Treatment System

Built in 1994, this self-contained system is both chemical and energy free. Wastewater from the sinks and toilets pass through a septic tank, and then through two cells in which plant roots help clean the water. Located directly behind the barn, the cattails in the first basin and wildflowers in the second provide beautiful animal habitat. Wastewater remains underground. A kiosk on-site explains the process in more depth.

GrassPave Permeable Paving

Permeable paving, unlike standard asphalt or concrete, holds rainwater underground and on-site, instead of sheeting off the surface and contaminating Indian Creek. Planted in 2009, the grass reduces the heat-island affect while providing structure for vehicles and pedestrians.  Our GrassPave permeable paving is located outside the east side of the barn and between prairiegate bridge and the suspension bridge south of the building.

Grasspave2 fulfills the same function as asphalt by providing a load-bearing, sturdy structure for people to walk on or drive on. It provides the aesthetics of grass, does not heat up the way asphalt does, and, like other permeable paving systems, holds rainwater in a gravel bed underneath the surface. The water retention allows the rainwater to percolate slowly into the surrounding surface over time, allowing contaminants to settle out and reduces fast-moving surface water that scours out rivers and creeks and contributes to flooding. The Nature Center selected Grasspave2 from the Coleman Moore Company in part because it is fairly simple to install. It was installed in partnership with Metro High School students.

Permeable Concrete

Permeable concrete fulfills the same function as standard concrete by providing a load-bearing, sturdy structure for people to walk or drive on. The large size of the limestone chips in the concrete allow water to percolate downward, into a gravel bed underneath the concrete, where the water is held. Installed at the Nature Center in 2010 by Eggleston Concrete, our permeable concrete welcomes visitors on the front walk to the building. King’s Masonry and Landscape can also provide permeable pavers that provide load-bearing capability while significantly reducing runoff associated with traditional hard surfaces.

Rain Garden

Rain Gardens collect and temporarily hold water from your roof or driveway that would otherwise runoff across your lawn and be channeled into fast-moving torrents of water. In our case, it collects rainwater from the east side of the barn. Native plants in the garden help take up the water while providing attractive wildlife habitat. The Nature Center’s rain garden, constructed in 2009, is located to the southeast of the headquarters barn, near the cedar tree.  Native plants, including butterfly weed, cardinal flower, columbine, foxglove beardtongue, Jacob’s ladder, Ohio spiderwort, prairie sage, purple prairie clover, royal catchfly, aster, thimbleweed, white prairie clover, New Jersey tea,  and whorled milkweed help absorb the water and add beauty and wildlife habitat to the campus. The water slowly infiltrates from the garden into the soil, rather than creating fast moving, contaminated runoff that would directly run into storm drains or, in our case, Indian Creek.

The Nature Center created its own garden in partnership with the Iowa Conservation Corps and Metro High School. Plants were purchased from Ion Exchange. For more information about how to design and install a rain garden on your own, contact the Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service. There is cost share money available from the Linn County Soil and Water Conservation District. Locally, there are a number of rain garden designers and installers. Examples include Sue Kramer (364-5724), Ruth Fox (363-6018), and Smith Massman Landscape & Design (363-5230).

Rain Barrels

“Moby,” as we call the 65 gallon rainwater collection device on-site, usually travels between the auditorium and the exhibit area, and frequently makes off-site visits to other organizations and businesses as an educational tool. Holding roof water to be used alter for gardening is a good water-saving technique. Moby can be purchased through the website, and the Nature Center occasionally holds “make your own” rainb arrel programs.

Photovoltaics

A leader in energy efficiency, the Indian Creek Nature Center began using photovoltaics in 1993. The first system stored solar produced electricity in batteries. This type of system allows a homeowner or business to draw on the electricity even when the sun is not shining, but some possible energy is lost in the transfer into and back out of the batteries. The system was generating about 10 percent of what the Center was using.

A new system was designed in 2003. The current photovoltaic array, located on the sun room roof, is not a battery system. Instead, it is net metered into Alliant Energy’s electrical grid. When the Nature Center produces more energy than it uses, the surplus electricity enters the electric grid and is used by other Alliant customers. Selling surplus electricity to Alliant further reduces our energy bill. The system currently generates about 40 percent of our energy needs, powering lights, appliances, and computers.   Find more information on photovoltaics from Pfoff Electric, GoSolar!, Iowa Energy Center and I-Renew.