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* Spelunking at Maquoketa CavesSpelunking at Maquoketa Caves

Time: 8:00 am

Spelunking at Maquoketa CavesEdit Monday August 3rd, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This camp is FULL. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Ages 9 and older 8:00 am - 4:00 pm $55 Member child $65 Non Member child Limited to 12 participants

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* Creek Stompers 2Creek Stompers 2

Time: 9:00 am

Creek Stompers Session 2Edit Ages 6-9 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Camp is FULL. Registration is CLOSED. Thursday, August 14 We will spend time exploring Bena Brook to find sandbars, create dams, and find animal tracks. At Lynch Wetland we’ll use nets to discover and catch the small aquatic life the fish eat and use fishing poles to try to catch the larger fish. $35 Member $45 Non-member Limited to 12 participants

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* Create Naturally Create Naturally

Time: 9:00 am

Session 2 Wednesday, August 5th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The beauty of nature inspires the artist in each of us. We’ll explore nature and capture it using a variety of artistic techniques. Begin by crafting your own personal hiking staff. Explore en plein air art in the wild. Try print making with items from nature, working with clay and some natural collage activities. $35 Members; $50 Nonmembers

* Trail Trekkers-Forest FriendsTrail Trekkers-Forest Friends

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Forest FriendsEdit This camp is full. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult The forest is filled with life. We see it on branches, under leaves, running through the woods, and in all the evidence the animals leave behind. Meet some of our favorite forest friends, learn how they live where they do, and explore their habitats! Prepare for a relatively long hike. $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Trail Trekkers-Forest FriendsTrail Trekkers-Forest Friends

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Forest FriendsEdit This camp is Full. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Thursday, August 6, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult The forest is filled with life. We see it on branches, under leaves, running through the woods, and in all the evidence the animals leave behind. Meet some of our favorite forest friends, learn how they live where they do, and explore their habitats! Prepare for a relatively long hike. $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Orienteering & GeocachingOrienteering & Geocaching

Time: 9:00 am

Orienteering with Compass and Geocaching for Fun (ages 10 and older)Edit Friday, August 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Never abandon traditional skills for technology! Both have important value. Learn to navigate using a topographical map and compass to find your way through the woods. Orienteering is a competitive sport that you will enjoy. Then use GPS technology to discover the fun sport of geocaching. Learn how to program and use a hand-held GPS receiver to find hidden caches on the nature center property. $35 Members; $50 Nonmembers

* Legs: Crawling life in PrairieLegs: Crawling life in Prairie

Time: 6:30 pm

Legs: 2, 4, 6, 8 or more! Crawling Life in the Prairie Friday, August 7, 6:30 PM The prairie is maturing and the invertebrate life is humming, but the insectivores are on the hunt! Take a fun look at the plants, insects, birds and other wildlife that bring the prairie habitat to life. See what you can catch with a net! Program length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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* Into the WoodsInto the Woods

Time: 9:00 am

Into the Woods (Ages 10-11)Edit August 10-13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Knives, knots, rope making, primitive tool making, fires with out matches and reading the wild are all part of this outdoor experience. Learn to use a bow and arrow and well as make and use an atlatl. Experience teamwork, learn skills and gain confidence in your ability to navigate and understand the wild. Limited to 16 campers. $130 Members; $150 Nonmembers

* Wild Cat CampWild Cat Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Wild Cats Camp – Session 3 (ages 8-9)Edit August 10-13 9 a.m. – 3 pm Wild Cats Camp (Ages 8-9) Camp is FULL, registration is closed. Hands-on adventures will take you to every habitat at the nature center. Explore Bena Brook, discover the pine groves, use dip nets at the ponds to catch aquatic critters. Learn about amazing birds, mighty mammals and curious critters that live in Iowa habitats. Play camouflage games to discover how animals survive; discover animal trails, tracks and signs; and learn about the predators who hunt and the prey that escapes. Limited to 12 campers. $130 Members; $150 Nonmembers

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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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* Trees and Quiet A Nature NightTrees and Quiet A Nature Night

Time: 6:30 pm

Trees and Quiet A Nature Night for Caregivers and Children Ages 3-12 Friday, August 14, 6:30-8 PM Are you missing time spent in nature when you could hear sounds other than stomping feet and chatty little voices that scare wildlife away? Here’s your chance to have a little “Trees and Quiet” at Indian Creek Nature Center. While the staff provides nature activities for your children near the barn, you have quiet time to explore the trails, enjoy the birds or marvel at the wildflowers. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Free-will donation. Call to Register 362-0664.

* Mothing: Nighttime HuntMothing: Nighttime Hunt

Time: 8:00 pm

Friday, August 14, 8 PM Hot, muggy August nights are perfect for placing moth bait on trees in the woods and waiting for Catocala or Underwing moths to appear. Jim Durbin and Nature Center staff will lead this fun and informative evening experience. Learn how to attract these colorful moths and bring your flashlight to spot them at our bait sites. Program length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 5-12: $2. (Continued from page 3) ??

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* Home School Students: PrairieHome School Students: Prairie

Time: 11:44 am

Home School Students: Prairie is our History Monday, November 9, 10 AM People, ancient and modern, have molded the beautiful prairie habitat to support our culture. Explore the story of the plants, people and wildlife of the prairie as you participate in a prairie survey to discover diversity, adaptations to prairie life, and food webs and life cycles. Please register by Sunday, November 8. Program length: 2 hours. $5 per student.

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* Trail Trekkers-Pond PalsTrail Trekkers-Pond Pals

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Pond PalsEdit Camp is FULL. Registration is closed. We will maintain a waiting list in case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call: 362-0664. Monday, Aug. 17, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult Meet me at the pond for a muddy fun time! Learn about the frogs and turtles that call this big puddle home. We’ll do a bit of dip net fishing, and see what kind of little bugs, tadpoles and fish we can find! Be sure to wear your old shoes and clothes. Mud is the word for day! $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Trail Trekkers-Pond PalsTrail Trekkers-Pond Pals

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Pond PalsEdit Pond Pals Tuesday, August 18, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult Meet me at the pond for a muddy fun time! Learn about the frogs and turtles that call this big puddle home. We’ll do a bit of dip net fishing, and see what kind of little bugs, tadpoles and fish we can find! Be sure to wear your old shoes and clothes. Mud is the word for day! $8 Member Child; $10 Non-member Child per session Series Registration Discount (not available with online registration, call for this discount) Attend all six programs for $40 Member; $50 Non-Member. Each Session is limited to 14 children Rain Policy: The program will be adapted for the indoors if it should rain.

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* Garden Party: Land StewardsGarden Party: Land Stewards

Time: 5:30 pm

Garden Party: Calling All Land Stewards! Wednesday, August 19, 5:30-7 PM Join the Garden Party crew each month to volunteer on the Nature Center grounds and discuss upcoming land management projects. This month, it’s harvest time! Come harvest some crop from our pizza garden, collect sumac blossoms along the trail and learn how to make your own natural “Gatorade.” Bring your gloves, hat, water bottle and a grocery bag as we work out in the prairie and find some of our own treats along the way. We will also look forward to the honey harvest season. Free

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* Supermoon ExperienceSupermoon Experience

Time: 7:30 pm

Supermoon Experience Saturday, August 29, 7:30 PM Enjoy the first of three fall Supermoons! These moons have a special designation because they are super close to the earth, or perigee. Spend the evening listening to stories of the moon, and admiring the moon through a telescope. Binoculars and telescopes will be available for sharing, but feel free to bring your own. If cloudy, the program will be canceled. Please call ahead if in question. Program length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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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.