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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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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.