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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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Tallgrass PrairiePhoto of two girls on a fall prairie at the Indian Creek Nature Center

The French word “prairie” means “meadow.” Prairie plants created the rich soil agriculture depends on. Native grasses, including Indian grass and big bluestem, dominate this habitat and are adapted to thrive in wind, heat, and drought. Prairie grass root systems grow as deep as 16 feet, drawing moisture from underground allowing grasses to flourish in Iowa’s hot, dry summer. These deep roots infiltrate water into the earth and build soil at the rate of one inch each 250 years. Watch as wind flows over the land, pushing  grasses into racing waves across the meadow.

A photo of various species of forbes on the Stimple Prairie at the Indian Creek Nature CenterBeautiful deep-rooted prairie flowers (forbs) scatter among the grasses. The progression of color begins in early spring with low growing beauties such as pasque flowers and prairie smoke, and ends in September with asters. Late bloomers grow tall to compete with the rising tide of grasses for sunlight.

The Indian Creek Nature Center has two main prairies – the Stimple Prairie and the Christiansen Prairie.  Both are located off of Otis Road, west of the barn.