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Summer 2014 Calendar of Events

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* Summer Wildflower PhotosSummer Wildflower Photos

A summer Prairie walk will find you among some of the most beautiful wildflowers! Enjoy this pictorial wildflower exhibit in our second floor auditorium. Photos will be available throughout the month of July during open hours M-F 9-4 & Sat. 11-4.

* Trail Trekkers - Wild ThingsTrail Trekkers - Wild Things

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. What's Wild? Explore a few of the wonderfully wild places at the Nature Center, and get to know some of the wild animals that share our world! Be sure to wear your hiking shoes! We'll be going for a long walk. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member Child; $8 Non-member child. Online registration will be available after March 15th.

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* One Day Adv Fishin' & Fryin'One Day Adv Fishin' & Fryin'

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 9 and up. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Thursday, July 3. Bring your fishing gear for a day of exploring, fishing and tasting your catch. discover where fish hand out, what makes good bait, how to clean your catch and how to fry them up for a great feast. No fishing gear? Let us know and we'll help out. Meet at the Nature Center and fish at Prairie Park Fishery. Limited to 10 participants. COST: $35 Members; $45 Non-Members. Online registration will be available after march 15th.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center.

* 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

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Create Naturally Create Naturally

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-12. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Friday, July 11. Enjoy a day of capturing nature using cameras, sketching, watercolors and clay. Build a simple loom to create a wall hanging. Enjoy creating while being outdoors. Create an exhibit of your work to share with parents at the end of the day. Limited to 10 participants. $35 member; $45 Non-Member. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11. Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Ribbit's Favorite Food & BugsRibbit's Favorite Food & Bugs

Time: 9:30 am

What’s your favorite food? Think a frog would be interested in that? Frogs like bugs! Insects of all kinds are Ribbit’s favorite. Come out and enjoy a fun outdoor adventure that will start at the edge of the frog pond and end in the prairie. We will look at all the different insects that we can catch and find along the way! 9:30 - 10:30 am COST: M Child: $5; NM child: $6. Parents: Free

* Thunder Moon WalkThunder Moon Walk

Time: 8:30 pm

Dramatic July storms inspired the Native American name for this month’s full moon. This year the Thunder Moon is also a “ super full moon.” Join us for a casual walk to the prairie for a view of the moon rise and to enjoy the wonderful night sounds and sights on an Iowa prairie.8:30 - 10 or 10:30pm. COST: M/$5 NM/$8 Children/$2

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* Level 2 OrienteeringLevel 2 Orienteering

Time: 1:00 pm

Rescheduled from July 5th - Learn compass basics and map skills before you venture out onto the landscape with your compass, score card and new skills to find a series of control points. Come dressed for the weather. Sturdy shoes recommended. Program is co-sponsored by Sons of Norway. Those finishing the course will earn a special orienteering patch. Registration recommended for event. Call 362-0664 or go to www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org COST: M family/$10 NM family/$15 Individuals/ M$5 NM/$8

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* Trail Trekkers - Worm WorldTrail Trekkers - Worm World

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Have you ever been curious about the life of a worm? Learn more about where they live, what they eat, and how they're made! We'll spend some time up close and personal with some worms, and then go worm hunting. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-Member child. Limited to 14 children. Online registration will be available after March 15, 2014.

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* Photo Submission DeadlinePhoto Submission Deadline

Amateur Photographers are invited to submit by July 15 their favorite 8x10" nature photo taken at Indian Creek Nature Center. Photos will be displayed in August. Reception for exhibit will be August 1, 7-8 pm. Questions, call 319-362-0664.

* Trail Trekkers - Worm WorldTrail Trekkers - Worm World

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Have you ever been curious about the life of a worm? Learn more about where they live, what they eat, and how they're made! We'll spend some time up close and personal with some worms, and then go worm hunting. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member Child; $8 Non-Member child. Online registration will be available after March 15, 2014.

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* Living in Sync With NatureLiving in Sync With Nature

Time: 6:30 pm

Join a group of like-minded individuals on the 3rd Thursday of each month to socialize and discuss various earth friendly everyday life topics. For this first gathering we will discuss possible topics for future discussions, share ideas and resources. Come to listen, come to share what you are doing or share resources that you know of. Call 319-362-0664 to register by 4 PM, Tuesday, June 17. Free Will Donation.

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* Campfire Sing Along!Campfire Sing Along!

Time: 7:00 pm

Enjoy a family evening in nature around a cozy fire enjoying a sing-along, tasty treats and an introduction to some nighttime wildlife that lives at the Nature Center. Guitarist, Sheila Stevens, will share traditional campfire songs and the nature center staff will provide some wildlife fun. 7:00 - 8:00 pm. COST: M/$4 NM/$5 Children/$3 Under Age 4/Free

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* Trail Trekkers - Rainbow MagicTrail Trekkers - Rainbow Magic

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Color surrounds us! Spend some time talking about colors in nature and what it all means. Why are some birds red and others are blue? Are all fish orange like a goldfish? What about camouflage? We'll go on a rainbow hike, and look for colorful plants and animals. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-Member child. Programs are for a child and parent or other adult. Register online after March 15, 2014.

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* Trail Trekkers - Rainbow MagicTrail Trekkers - Rainbow Magic

Time: 9:30 am

Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult. Meets from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Color surrounds us! Spend some time talking about colors in nature and what it all means. Why are some birds red and others are blue? Are all fish orange like a goldfish? What about camouflage? We'll go on a rainbow hike, and look for colorful plants and animals. Limited to 14 children. COST: $6 Member child; $8 Non-Member child. Programs are for a child and parent or other adult. Register online after March 15, 2014.

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* Meet the MintsMeet the Mints

Time: 6:30 pm

Many mint family plant species live at Indian Creek Nature Center. Some are showy, some less conspicuous. Some smell wonderful, and others smell... "strong". Learn to identify members of this aromatic and tasty family and then stroll the prairie with Botanist Christine Kirpes in search of as many family members as you can find. Enjoy some refreshing mint ice tea and discuss other ways mints can be used for flavoring food or enhancing various products we use every day.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

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* Wild Cats CampWild Cats Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Just like your favorite TV nature explorers, you will spend the day finding and learning about wild creatures, large and small in their natural habitats. Hands-on adventures will take you to Bena Brook, the ponds, the pines and hidden corners of the nature center. THIS CAMP IS FULL, no more registrations will be accepted.

* Survivor CampSurvivor Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Ages 8-11. Meets from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday, August 28 - Friday, August 1 Into the wild for five days of survival skills and fun! Create fire without matches, pick a campsite and build a shelter. Learn to harvest drinking water and find wild foods. Carve your own hiking stick, explore trails using map and compass skills, learn how to use GPS to navigate. Create your own camouflage and practice skills you need to have safe adventures away from home. Limited to 16 participants. COST: $155 Members; $185 Non-member. Online registration will be available after March 15.

   
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Animals

There’s a raccoon in my garage/house. Can I trap it and release it away from my house?

Trapping and moving raccoons does not work. A detailed study revealed that raccoons have a strong homing ability and will return quickly. So, removing a raccoon and driving it 20 miles out into the country will not solve your problem.

The only way to keep raccoons out of structures is to find out how they get in. Raccoons leave at dark so have your patching materials ready.  Check to make sure the animal has left for the evening (but make sure it is not a female with babies inside the structure).  Patch the hole so it cannot get back in when it returns. The only way a trap will work in this situation is if you trap the raccoon as it leaves the structure and hold it in the trap while you patch the hole.  Then release the raccoon right there.

How do I get rid of bats?

Bats are very beneficial creatures, consuming literally thousands of insects daily!  They actually cause few problems, even if roosting in an attic. But every once in a while, a bat will find its way into the living quarters of a home, most often after dark, scaring everyone half to death. Usually they are easy to evict.  Turn off all the lights in the room and open any exterior doors and windows. The bat will soon depart on its own. If the bat won’t leave, turn the lights back on.  Bats are light shy and will try to hide in the folds of a curtain or other dark location. Carefully cover it with a large jar or landing net or even a gloved hand.  Release the bat outdoors and search to locate and plug the bat’s entrance hole.

If your problem is bats roosting in your attic, your best weapon is a caulking gun. Every hole and creack leading into your attic should be filled with quality caulking. Vents should be covered by screening with a mesh no larger than 1/4 inch. Small holes are sometimes hard to find but often they are located under eaves or around attic windows. You can locate the holes during the day but they holes must be plugged at night after the bats have left for the evening hunt.

Rabbits are destroying my garden!  How do I get rid of them?

Probably the best defense against rabbits is a stout fence. Rabbits can leap long distances but they can’t jump very high. A two-foot chicken wire fence is plenty high enough to keep them away from flowers and vegetables. The bottom two inches should be buried in the dirt.  Fencing can be expensive, but it works well.  Trapping is generally a very temporary solution. A more long-term solution would be to encourage predators and discourage rabbit habitat. Remove shrubbery and debris where rabbits can find shelter and leave open lawn surrounding your garden. A large tree nearby may encourage predators to roost and hunt.

Trees

There is something wrong with a tree in my yard.  Can you come out and look at it?

Unfortunately, the Nature Center does not have the staff or the specific expertise to visit and diagnose the many issues confronting trees and plantlife.  We recommend contacting the ISU Extension Office for your county.  They may ask you to bring in leaves or bark from your tree to be examined and/or tested. You might also contact Trees Forever to see if they have a field coordinator in your area who might be able to help.