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* Spring Plant SaleSpring Plant Sale

Time: 9:00 am

Nature Center Guild Annual Spring Plant Sale. You will find wonderful plants of all types, yard art, willow trellis & towers for your yard and garden. Local vendors also offer a wide variety of yard art, foods and garden plants for sale. Open 9 am - noon

* Backyard Chickens Workshop Backyard Chickens Workshop

Time: 2:00 pm

This Class has been rescheduled for Friday, May 8 at 6:30 pm.

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* Full Flower MoonFull Flower Moon

Time: 7:30 pm

Enjoy a casual walk beginning before sunset to enjoy spring ephemeral wildflowers along the trails. Early May is when woodland ephemeral wildflowers are in full bloom. We’ll enjoy a spring sunset and the rising full moon will light our path as we return. Meet at the barn. Walk will be approximately one mile on grass paths and natural trails in both prairie and woods. Individual: M $4; NM $6. Family: M $10; NM $15.

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* Home School-Life in the WaterHome School-Life in the Water

Time: 1:00 pm

Home School Program 2014-15 “Explore Your Wild World” Life in the Water: Exploring the Pond. Wednesday, May 6, 1 PM. This water experience focuses on all the life that lives in and around the pond and creek. The water habitats are home to many creatures, both unique and bizarre, that survive and thrive in their wet world. Use scientific tools to measure the water quality of our pond and nets to collect and examine the life in the pond. Be prepared for mud. 2 hours. Fee: $5 per student age 5 and older

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* Backyard Chickens Workshop Backyard Chickens Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm

Backyard Chickens Workshop Friday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 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 4 PM on Thursday, April 30. M $10; NM $12.

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* IOWATER WorkshopIOWATER Workshop

Time: 8:30 am

IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an introductory workshop in the auditorium. Participants will learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers, and lakes through classroom instruction and hands-on training. Registration fees are $20 per person or $30 for a team and cover all program fees, meals, and testing equipment. Pre-registration required by May 2. For more information or to register, please visit www.iowadnr.gov/iowater and click on “Calendar of Events.”

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* Cub Corner: Tree TalkCub Corner: Tree Talk

Time: 10:00 am

We invite preschoolers and parents to join us for an exciting adventure each month in Cub Corner. Did you know that trees tell stories? Come hear great stories from apartment trees and the animals that live in them. Learn the parts of a tree, explore the years and celebrate a tree’s birthday by learning to read tree rings! Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and do a craft. Children: M $5; NM $8. Parents: Free.

* Garden Party: Calling All NatuGarden Party: Calling All Natu

Time: 5:30 pm

May showers bring more flowers. Join the Garden Party Crew each month for discussion on upcoming land restoration projects, opportunities to volunteer and, of course, a little dirty work, too. Bring a snack to share if you desire, and join us in keeping our campus beautiful. All ages are welcome. 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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* Cub Corner: Tree TalkCub Corner: Tree Talk

Time: 10:00 am

We invite preschoolers and parents to join us for an exciting adventure each month in Cub Corner. Did you know that trees tell stories? Come hear great stories from apartment trees and the animals that live in them. Learn the parts of a tree, explore the years and celebrate a tree’s birthday by learning to read tree rings! Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and do a craft. Children: M $5; NM $8. Parents: Free.

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* Eco-SwapEco-Swap

Time: 1:00 pm

Eco-Swap Sunday, May 17, 1-3 PM At Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center 120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA Eco-Swaps are a way for people to come together and “swap” items they no longer want or need for items that they do want or need. Everything is FREE, so no money is exchanged. Bring an item(s) to swap and be sure it is in good condition and working order. Each individual is responsible for taking un-swapped items home with them. Don't have items to swap? No worries, you are still welcome to come. The philosophy behind an eco-swap is one of love, abundance and sharing. Partners include Indian Creek Nature Center, Catherine McAuley Center, The Tapestry, and Lovely Lane Methodist Church. For more information call Prairiewoods at 319-395-6700 or visit www.prairiewoods.org. Free.

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* CLOSED - Memorial DayCLOSED - Memorial Day

Buildings and Offices Closed. All trails are open for your enjoyment sunrise to sunset.

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* Monarchs & Milkweed Seed BombsMonarchs & Milkweed Seed Bombs

Time: 10:00 am

Andria Cossolotto and Patty Ankrum, members of Monarchs of Eastern Iowa, raised monarch caterpillars throughout last summer and released the adult butterflies to the wild. Last winter they traveled to Mexico to visit the monarch winter resting site. Come hear about their experiences and learn more about this amazing insect. Discuss how you can help monarch butterflies survive. Make milkweed seed balls from mud and seed (a.k.a.“seed bombs”); then hike out to the prairie and toss the bombs about, to increase the milkweed diversity of the prairie. We may even spot some monarch butterflies returning to Iowa by then! Participants will be welcome to take seed bombs home to introduce milkweed into the home habitat. Adults: M $5; NM $8. Children age 3 and up: $3.

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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.