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Indian Creek Nature Center General Operations Friends Fund

Indian Creek Nature Center's purpose is to promote a sustainable future by nurturing individuals through environmental education; providing leadership in land protection and restoration; and encouraging responsible interaction with nature.

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Indian Creek Nature Center General Operations Friends Fund


This fund supports the operations of the Indian Creek Nature Center. ICNC’s key programs focus on environmental education, with an emphasis on youth and family-oriented public programs on diverse outdoor topics. ICNC hosts school field trips, Boy and Girl Scout programs, immersive nature experiences for K-3rd grade children at Fresh Air Academy, summer Creek Camps, and other public programs such as Preschool Trail Trekkers, Hike It Baby, naturalist-guided hikes, educational workshops, and more. In September 2021 the Center launched its nature-based preschool, Creekside Forest School, which expands its efforts to create a new generation of nature champions. The Nature Center also provides opportunities for nature-oriented outdoor recreation – such as hiking and wildlife observation – and hosts special events for the community, including its annual Maple Syrup Festival. In 2023 we hosted our 40th Festival! We also offer maple syruping programming and highlight our on-site syrup production throughout March. ICNC conducts ecological restoration and management activities on nearly 500 acres of woodlands, wetlands and tallgrass prairie, and a national recreation trail. Much of the Nature Center’s land, declared a National Environmental Study Area by the National Park Service, is open to free public use year-round. ICNC provides media outreach on nature and environmental topics and serves as a community resource for information on nature and the environment.

Address|5300 Otis Rd SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
Phone| 319-362-0664

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