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* Coming Home--Discovery JourneyComing Home--Discovery Journey

Time: 7:00 pm

"Coming Home: A Journey of Discovery." A film by Kevin J. Raislback International award-winning nature and wildlife filmmaker Kevin J. Railsback has taught HD cinematography in Hawaii, tested high definition cameras in Africa and wrestled a camera beg from a wolf in Montana. Discover why the tallgrass prairie and woodland wildflowers of Indian Creek Nature Center are his preferred film subjects these days. See Indian Creek Nature Center through the eyes of this talented filmmaker and come away with the greater appreciation for what we have here in our own backyard. COST: Members: $5; Non-Members: $8

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* Webelo-Forester BadgeWebelo-Forester Badge

Time: 9:30 am

If you love to explore trees in your own backyard and would like to learn more about what a forester does, then you should check out this workshop. Learn how to identify trees and other plants of the forest and much more. (Requirements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 9.) Registration and payment are required prior to the event. Cost is $8.00 per boy, per workshop. Scout leaders and assistant leaders should make every effort to register their Scouts as a group. 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. Register by phone at 319-362-0664 or click to register online. THIS BADGE WORKSHOP IS FULL AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

* Webelo-Naturalist BadgeWebelo-Naturalist Badge

Time: 12:30 pm

Do you know what a naturalist is? Discover the naturalist in yourself as you bird watch, learn about migration flyways, identify poisonous plants and animals, and discover amazing facts about Iowa’s wild animals and their habitats. (Requirements: 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11.) Registration and payment are required prior to the event. Cost is $8.00 per boy, per workshop. Scout leaders and assistant leaders should make every effort to register their Scouts as a group. 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. THIS BADGE WORKSHOP IF FULL AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

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* Coffee and ChatCoffee and Chat

Time: 9:00 am

Each month on the second Thursday gather in the sun room at Indian Creek Nature Center to enjoy coffee and casual conversations about the latest happenings at Indian Creek Nature Center. This is a social time to relax and enjoy, meet Nature Center staff and become better acquainted with our facilities, programs, trails and learn what's happening each month in nature. This is a Free, casual gathering.

* Become a Teacher NaturalistBecome a Teacher Naturalist

Time: 12:00 pm

There are many fun ways to volunteer at the Nature Center! As a teacher-naturalists, you get to lead groups of children fro nature adventures. Join us at noon for a soup and dessert lunch and to meet other Teacher-Naturalists. The training will begin at 12:30 pm indoors but will move to the wetland, so come prepared for the weather. Bring a friend and begin an exciting adventure as a nature center volunteer. Call Jan Aiels at 362-0664 for more information or to register. FREE, but please let Jan know you are coming.

* Backyard Chicken BasicsBackyard Chicken Basics

Time: 6:30 pm

Get the basic information you need to raise hens in urban and suburban areas. This workshop will give you a certificate that will enable you to get your permit. COST: members: $7; Non-members: $10

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* Moon MadnessMoon Madness

Time: 7:00 pm

Spend the evening with naturalist astronomer Jenny Rupp as she prepares you for the pending Lunar Eclipse in the wee hours of the morning on April 15th. Learn how lunar eclipses occur and what to expect when you crawl out of your warm bed to see this magnificent site. Discover moon lore, how the moon affects the earth, and the love/hate relationship astronomers have with it. viewing equipment will be available, but feel free to bring your own. Dress for the weather, and please let us know if you plan to attend. If it is cloudy, and we are unable to observe the moon, we'll finish with a night hike. Event will run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. COST: Member Adult: $5; Non-Member Adult: $6; child age 10 and under: $3.

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* Ribbit's Spring SearchRibbit's Spring Search

Time: 9:30 am

Buds, flowers, green things and spring birds! What do you think of when you think SPRING?? Hike the trails looking for things that sing spring! Learn who is waking up, and what they need to do next. Plant seeds for early spring blooms to enjoy at home. For children age 3-6 years; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. COST: Member child: $5; non-Member child: $6. Parents are free.

* Getting the Kids Outdoors!Getting the Kids Outdoors!

Time: 1:00 pm

Our Bringing Nature Home Series continues.. Getting the Kids Outdoors! Enough indoors! It's time to get outside and play in nature. Join us for an afternoon of fun activities to explore and enjoy nature in your backyard, local park, favorite campsite or empty lot! We'll go groking, use a magic potion, hike on a string and become human cameras! We will most likely get dirty! COST: members: $4.00; non-members: $5.00. Member family: $10; Non-member family$15.

* Frogs SongsFrogs Songs

Time: 7:00 pm

Enjoy a walk from the barn to the wetland to visit ponds along the trails and enjoy a serenade of several frog species as the males sing their spring love songs. Boots are recommended. COST: Members: $4.00; Non-members: $6; Families: Member: $8.00; Non-Member: $12

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* Beginning OrienteeringBeginning Orienteering

Time: 1:00 pm

Indian Creek Nature Center and the Sons of Norway are partnering to present a progressive series of orienteering experiences. This first adventure will introduce the history of this sport and teach the basics of Level I Orienteering using a map and landscape features to find a series of Control points. Begin learning the sport using a simple string course and then take your trail map and score card out on the trails for a fun family afternoon. This basic course will be followed by a series of progressively more challenging orienteering programs that will increase your skills to using a compass and topographical map to efficiently find your way through the woods. COST: Member family: $8.00; Non-Member family: $12.00; Member: $5; Non-Member: $8.00

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* Race and BiologyRace and Biology

Time: 7:00 pm

Dr. Hannah Marsh addresses the biology of our racial differences, erasing taboos and judgement by encouraging people to see each other as diverse keys that unlock the mysteries of our species' past. by looking at variation in body shape, nose size, and skin color, we see that human differences do not tell us about an individual's worth, but about the mutual past that we have all shared. Let's talk about our differences to see that we are all really the same. Free will donation. This event is held at Flaherty Hall, Mt. Mercy University.

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* Backyard Chicken Basic WorkshoBackyard Chicken Basic Worksho

Time: 6:30 pm

Get the basic information you need to raise hens in urban 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. Please register at least one day before this workshop. COST: member: $7; Non-Member: $10

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* Women's Walking WorkshopWomen's Walking Workshop

Time: 8:00 am

Nature, Health & Walking... 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Be inspired, explore new ideas, experience nature and be motivated. Learn the joy of journaling your walk, discover how Ayurveda can enhance your life, enjoy a walking travelogue and learn how to plan your own, experience a Blue Zones walking moai and learn how to attain your goals. Enjoy a massage by Carlson college of Massage Therapy. Experience two invigorating walks on trails or in the labyrinth. Registration is a MUST! Register by April 9th for discounted pricing. COST: Register before April 9th: Member: $50; Non-member: $55.

* Eco-Arts Festival at New Bo Eco-Arts Festival at New Bo

Time: 10:00 am

Join the nature center and many other area environmental organizations at the New Bo City Market for a fun day of games, music, activities, arts and more to celebrate Earth Day. Open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit EcofestCR on Facebook or www.ecofestcr.org for more information.

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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.