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* CLOSED - July 4th HolidayCLOSED - July 4th Holiday

Buildings and Offices are closed for the July 4th Holiday. All trails are open sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

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* CLOSED - July 4th HolidayCLOSED - July 4th Holiday

Buildings and Offices are closed for the July 4th Holiday. All trails are open sunrise to sunset for your enjoyment.

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* Eager Beaver Explorers Eager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

The perfect half day camp for young campers! Eager beavers are esc ited about hiking, catching bugs, going on bird hunts, and exploring the pond. wild adventures are behind every bush as you explore and learn about Iowa's wild world.

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* Eager Beaver Explorers Eager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

The perfect half day camp for young campers! Eager beavers are esc ited about hiking, catching bugs, going on bird hunts, and exploring the pond. wild adventures are behind every bush as you explore and learn about Iowa's wild world.

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* Eager Beaver Explorers Eager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

The perfect half day camp for young campers! Eager beavers are esc ited about hiking, catching bugs, going on bird hunts, and exploring the pond. wild adventures are behind every bush as you explore and learn about Iowa's wild world.

* Trail Trekkers - Earth RocksTrail Trekkers - Earth Rocks

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Earth RocksEdit 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, July 8, 9:30 – 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult The earth below our feet is filled with rocks and mysteries! Come learn a bit about dinosaurs and fossils, rocks, and what rocks are made of. Go on a rock hunt, and adopt a pet rock of your own! $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.

* Graden Party: Land StewardsGraden Party: Land Stewards

Time: 5:30 pm

Garden Party: Calling All Land Stewards! Wednesday, July 8, 5:30-7 PM July may bring the heat, but don’t let it beat you down. At this monthly volunteer event we will discuss and highlight opportunities for upcoming land management projects and spend time working outdoors. As always, meet at the barn for a snack and pack your own water bottle. Free.

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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

* Eager Beaver Explorers Eager Beaver Explorers

Time: 9:00 am

The perfect half day camp for young campers! Eager beavers are esc ited about hiking, catching bugs, going on bird hunts, and exploring the pond. wild adventures are behind every bush as you explore and learn about Iowa's wild world.

* Trail Trekkers - Earth RocksTrail Trekkers - Earth Rocks

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Earth RocksEdit Camp is FULL, no more registrations accepted. Thursday, July 9, 9:30 - 10:30 am Ages 3,4,5 with parent or other adult The earth below our feet is filled with rocks and mysteries! Come learn a bit about dinosaurs and fossils, rocks, and what rocks are made of. Go on a rock hunt, and adopt a pet rock of your own! $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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* Monarch Butterfly PartyMonarch Butterfly Party

Time: 6:30 pm

Friday, July 10, 6:30 PM Tour our butterfly hoop house, see our monarch caterpillar raising project, and learn what you can do at home to create a safe haven for butterflies. Kid activities, family fun. Program length: 90 Min. Adults: M $4; NM $5. Children ages 4-12: $2.

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* Stream WalkingStream Walking

Time: 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 11, 1 PM Join us to explore Indian Creek looking out from inside of the stream. Net some creek life, explore the sandbars, and just cool off as you play in the stream shallows. Wear old shoes or boots to protect your feet. Naturalists will help you find and identify amazing stream critters! Program length: 90 minutes. Adults: M $4; NM $6. Children ages 5-12: $2.

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* WildingWilding

Time: 9:00 am

Wilding (Ages 10-11)Edit July 13-16 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Experience the skills that allow you to comfortably live in the wild. Fire building and safety are essential. Primitive shelter building and learn to identify and prepare various wild foods and teas. Use a compass and map to find your way, and learn basic trail first aid. As you explore the wilder areas of the nature center you will also learn about the wildlife that lives here. Limited to 16 campers. $130 Members; $150 Nonmembers

* Wild Cat CampWild Cat Camp

Time: 9:00 am

Wild Cats Camp (Ages 8-9) Session 2: July 13-16, 9 a.m. – 3 pm 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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* Serious Shelters in the WildSerious Shelters in the Wild

Time: 9:00 am

Serious Shelters in the Wild (ages 10 and older),Edit Friday, July 17 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Work with experienced adults to build a shelter in the woods totally from the materials nature offers. Think creatively as you engineer a unique structure and learn about knots, tools, and effective construction techniques. $35 Members; $50 Nonmembers

* Flash Dance in the Prairie!Flash Dance in the Prairie!

Time: 8:30 pm

Friday, July 17, 8:30 PM At dusk, fireflies magically appear, dancing above the grasses. Enjoy an evening of firefly flash codes, discover how to recognize different species by light color and learn how you can keep fireflies’ flash in our yards and neighborhoods. Like many insects, fireflies are disappearing but a few simple changes in our backyards will ensure their presence in our summer evenings. Program length: 90 Min. Individuals: M $3; NM $4. Family: M $7; NM $10.

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* Bats, Birds & ButterfliesBats, Birds & Butterflies

Time: 9:30 am

Trail Trekkers – Bats, Birds and Butterflies This camp is FULL. Nor more registrations available. We will maintain a waiting list in the case of any cancelled registrations. To add your name to the waiting list, call 362-0664. Tuesday, July 21, 9:30 - 10:30 am What do all three of these things have in common? Wings! Find out how these creatures are alike, and how they are very different at the same time. $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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* Bats, Birds & ButterfliesBats, Birds & Butterflies

Time: 9:30 am

Wednesday, July 22, 9:30 - 10:30 am This camp is FULL, no more registrations accepted. We will maintain a waiting list for any possible cancelled registrations. To add your name to this list, call 362-0664. What do all three of these things have in common? Wings! Find out how these creatures are alike, and how they are very different at the same time. Trail Trekkers - Bats, Birds and Butterflies 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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* 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, July 24, 6:30-8 PM Are you missing time spent in nature where 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. To register, call 362-0664.

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* Blue Moon WalkBlue Moon Walk

Time: 8:00 pm

Blue Moon Walk Friday, July 31, 8 PM Now is “once in a blue moon.” Join us for a quiet evening walk to enjoy summer’s Blue Moon and learn a bit about moon lore and evening sounds. Meet at the barn. Program length: 90 Minutes. M $4; NM $6.

 

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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.