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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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* 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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* 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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Woodlands

Stop by the barn and pick up the Cedar Greenbelt Trail Map to easily locate the various types of woodlands at the Indian Creek Nature Center.

Oak-Hickory Savanna

Photo of an oak-hickory savanna at the Indian Creek Nature CenterThis is habitat where the edge of the prairie blends into the deciduous forest. In a savanna, several huge spreading trees grow on an acre, with a riot of flowers and grasses thriving beneath them. Savannas once covered many Iowa hilltops. It was one of the first habitats to disappear during settlement, as old oaks were cut for lumber and fuel and the land was plowed into fields. A good example of an oak-hickory savanna is just north of the Lynne Stimple Prairie off Otis Road.

Sugarbush

Photo of a tapped maple tree with two sap collection bags for maple syruping at the Indian Creek Nature CenterBox elders, sugar maples and silver maples all provide sweet sap, which the Nature Center boils into maple syrup in a tradition that dates back to Native Americans. Visit in late winter and early spring to see sap dripping from hundreds of tapped trees and savor the sweet smell of boiling sap rising from the sugarhouse. The Nature Center’s sugarbush is located just across the footbridge south of the barn and sugarhouse .

Wood Duck Way and the Riparian Floodplain

Children walking on Wood Duck Way boardwalk at Indian Creek Nature CenterFollow a boardwalk into the riparian area, and you’ll meet giant cottonwoods and silver maples. Look for signs helping you find younger trees, such as swamp white oak and northern pecan. These new trees diversify both the species of the area and the age of the forest, providing boundless opportunities for wildlife to thrive. Sit on a bench and listen for the sound of pileated woodpeckers drumming on dead snags, or look for the large holes they chip into the trees. Watch for elusive wood ducks swimming in the large ephemeral pool near the boardwalk, or a female ducking into a nest box in the spring. The path will eventually take you to the Lynch Wetland.

Wood Duck Way is part of the riparian floodplain - lowlands bordering Indian Creek and the Cedar River. The floodplain is one of nature’s water purification systems. Silver maples, cottonwood, black willows, river birch and sycamore thrive here. Their root systems are shallow and widespread, a special adaptation for surviving periodic flooding.  During floods, rising water leaves the banks of the rivers and creeks and spreads out across the floodplain. This slows the current, allowing sediments and contaminants to settle out. The Nature Center’s riparian forests are along either side of Bena Brook, Indian Creek and along the north side of the Cedar River.