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* Discover Volunteering at the NDiscover Volunteering at the N

Time: 7:00 pm

There are countless opportunities for volunteering at the Nature Center! Volunteering is a wonderful way to share your skills, learn something new, meet great people, make a difference and have fun! Join us for dessert and a discussion of all the possibilities. Please call 319-362-0664 to register. Free.

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* Monarch PartyMonarch Party

Time: 12:45 pm

Bring a lunch and discover the fascinating world of monarch butterflies. Learn about the Nature Center’s efforts to protect and help this amazing insect. Tour our butterfly hoop house. Program length: 45 minutes. M $2; NM $3.

* Blue Zones Project Walking MoaBlue Zones Project Walking Moa

Time: 5:30 pm

A Walking Moai is a group of people who meet once a week to walk together to socialize and exercise. This is a great way to meet new people that share a passion for the beautiful outdoors. It improves longevity, too! Join us for this event which will be the first in a ten-week Walking Moai program. Presented in partnership with Blue Zones. Program length: one hour. Free.

* Blue Zones Purpose WorkshopBlue Zones Purpose Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Looking for "the good life?" Research shows that most of us feel we've reached that milestone when we also feel that our lives matter. Of course we all want our lives to have a purpose, to matter. And people with purpose live an average of seven years longer. The Purpose Workshop helps clarify the things we want from life and the actions we can take to get there. For more information and to register, visit https:iowa.bluezonesproject.comevents7842. Program length: two hours. Free.

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* CLOSED - Labor DayCLOSED - Labor Day

Buildings and offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday. All trails are open sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

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* Preschool: Spider SafariPreschool: Spider Safari

Time: 10:00 am

Preschool Trail Trekkers: Spider Safari Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9, 10 AM It’s like our popular Trail Trekkers summer camps for preschoolers, now offered all year long! And better yet, it’s free! Why are there so many spider webs outside in the fall? How are spiders different from other bugs? Learn about this and more as we study these wonderful eight-legged creatures. Discover fun facts about spiders and go on a spider “hunt.” For preschoolers and parents. Call 319-362-0664 to register. Program length: 45 minutes. Free program brought to you by Central Iowa Power Cooperative.

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* Garden PartyGarden Party

Time: 5:00 pm

Garden Party Wednesday, September 9, 5-7 PM Join the Garden Party crew each month to volunteer on the Nature Center grounds and discuss upcoming projects. This month, explore our woodland trails as we prepare for the upcoming Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest. We will be removing debris from the trails, and snipping back vines, multiflora rose, bare berry and raspberries that are creeping onto the trails. We will also discuss opportunities for volunteering at the Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest on September 19. Pack your water bottle and wear hiking shoes or boots. 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

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* Rockin' the Rafters!Rockin' the Rafters!

Time: 7:00 pm

Rockin' the Rafters! Friday, September 11, 7 PM Join us for an evening of fun and music in the barn. Sing familiar sing-along songs and learn great new ones! Sheila Stevens will provide the music and lyrics. Fun for the whole family. Program length: one hour. Adults: M $4; NM $5. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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* Backyard Chicken WorkshopBackyard Chicken Workshop

Time: 10:00 am

Backyard Chicken Workshop Saturday, September 12, 10 AM Learn the basics required to safely and successfully raise hens in urban and suburban areas. Participants will receive a certificate of completion enabling them to get a permit to legally keep chickens in Cedar Rapids and other communities. Registration required by 4 PM on Friday, September 11. Program length: 90 minutes. M $10; NM $12.

* Tag Migrating MonarchsTag Migrating Monarchs

Time: 1:00 pm

Tag Migrating Monarchs Saturday, September 12, 1 PM Catch and tag butterflies in our prairie for Monarch Watch. Learn about the monarch butterfly migration. Was the summer migration successful? Learn ways you can help monarchs all year as well as during this incredible 3000-mile journey. Advance registration recommended. Program Length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 4-12: $2.

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* Home School Pond/Wetland Ecol.Home School Pond/Wetland Ecol.

Time: 10:00 am

Home School Students: Ponds and Wetland Ecology Monday, September 14, 10 AM The ponds are filled with fish, amphibian and insect life by the end of summer.. Explore, capture, and discover how everyone survives and thrives in their watery habitat. Employ STEM science as you examine the beaver, the pond engineer who creates entire habitats; and test the water quality of Lynch Wetland. Please register by Sunday, September 15. Program length: 2 hours. $5 per student.

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* Honey FestHoney Fest

Time: 10:00 am

HONEY FEST and THE SWEET TRAIL RUN Saturday, September 19, 10 AM-2 PM Our hard-working honeybees provide us with a sweet harvest each fall. At this fun family event, you will experience how this sweet treat goes from prairie blossom to breakfast table, and enjoy games, crafts like tie dyeing and wax candle making, live music and more! New for 2015: suit up for an apiary tour, and discover the Nature Center on our Campus Explore tour. Honey Fest Ticket prices: $4 in advance (online or in-person at the Nature Center) and $5 at the door. Ages 3 and under FREE. Paid participants of the Sweet Trail Run get in for free.

* Sweet Trail Run Sweet Trail Run

Time: 11:00 am

Sweet Trail Run at Honey Fest Saturday, September 19, 11 AM start The Corridor’s premier trail run is back for a second year! Held during the Nature Center’s annual Honey Fest, the Sweet Trail Run offers families, kids and seasoned runners alike an opportunity to enjoy a healthy activity outdoors. Both runners and walkers will enjoy this year’s 1.8 mile course winding through hilly woodlands, open prairie and along Indian Creek on the Nature Center’s beautiful grounds. All paid participants will receive an exclusive t-shirt, goody bag, and free admission to Honey Fest. Save the date and get registered today! Website and registration link: www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/sweettrailrun Fees: Adult runners: $25; adult walkers and children: $15. Register by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 7 to guarantee t-shirt availability. Prices increase by $5 after September 7.

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* Animal AdaptationsAnimal Adaptations

Time: 12:00 pm

Animal Adaptations Tuesday, September 22, Noon-12:45 PM This program is focused on helping adults learn creative ways to engage children in outdoor learning. Our teacher-naturalists will be present, but all are welcome, including kids! Bring a lunch, explore animal adaptations, and create fun, interactive rainy day “animal interviews.” We’ll share a new twist on beavers, and introduce you to pocket gophers, bobcats, and others. Program length: 45 minutes. M $2; NM $3.

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* Harvest Moon Walk Harvest Moon Walk

Time: 8:00 pm

Harvest Moon Walk Friday, September 25, 8 PM The moon is almost full: enjoy a walk under the soft light of September's almost full super-moon. Learn about the lore of harvest moons and the science of a super-moon. If overcast, we will conduct the walk; if raining, we will cancel. Program length: 90 minutes. M $4; NM $6.

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Teachers

Education Facilitator, Jan Aiels, leads a field trip to the Indian Creek Nature Center prairie

Welcome to your 200 acre outdoor classroom.  Professional naturalists and teacher-nature volunteers will facilitate your field trip experience.  Each field trip engages students in STEM science and employs NGSS in the students’ outdoor experience.

Field trips bring classsroom learning to life as students use their observation skills and classroom lessons to discover and explore.  Indian Creek Nature Center offers a variety of programs and trail experiences for students of all ages. We strive for a small student-to-naturalist ration (15/naturalist).  Many nature center habitats are wheel chair accessible.  Please call so we can accomodate all students.

The Nature Center staff will design a custom environmental education experience to compliment your specific curriculum.  Call to discuss this with a naturalist.

All programs  have a mimimum $45 program fee.  This fee also includes  free admission to exhibits and use of picnic areas.  Our calendar fills quickly so call early to reserve.

Preschool Programs

Creekside Critters programs take preschoolers on a learning adventure indoors and outdoors with a naturalist.  Stories , hands-on activities, games, crafts and songs will keep children actively involved.  Programs are generally 45 minutes long and the fee is $4.00.  There is no charge for adult chaperones, except for maple syruping programs.   more details

Elementary and Middle School Programs

Field trips bring learning to life as students use their observation skills and senses in nature to discover and explore. Indian Creek Nature Center offers a variety of programs and trail experiences for students of all ages. Our naturalists will facilitate hands-on activities with students as they explore the trails and habitats of the Nature Center grounds.

Nature Center field trip programs fulfill national standards and benchmarks and enhance traditional classroom lessons. All programs are age-appropriate and allow for a small student-to-naturalist ratio.  Many areas are wheelchair accessible, so please call if special arrangements are needed. The Nature Center staff  can design a custom environmental education experience to compliment your curriculum. Some programs can also be taken into the classroom or done in a natural area at your facility. more details

All programs have a minimum $45 program fee. This fee also includes free admission to exhibits and use of picnic areas. Our calendar fills quickly so call early to reserve your date.

Summer Group Programs

Learning doesn’t stop in the summer! In fact, the Nature Center is brimming with insect and animal activity!  Schedule a program or trail adventure during June, July or August.  We offer a variety of experiences for all ages.  program details

Cost is $3 per child (no charge for adult chaperones). All programs have a minimum $45 program fee. This fee also includes free admission to exhibits.  Our calendar fills quickly so call early to reserve your date. Please inform us if you plan to lunch or snack at the Nature Center. Picnic tables are available.

Cancellation policy

The Nature Center requires a 24-hour advance notice for cancellations. You will be billed for the minimum program fee if you fail to cancel and do not arrive for your program. Only in cases of extreme weather will the Nature Center cancel a scheduled program. All programs we cancel will receive a full refund.

All programs can be scheduled by calling the Nature Center at 362-0664 during business hours.

Nature Center programming information for parents who are home-schooling their children can be found under the PARENTS tab at left.