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March is Maple Syruping month!

Lindsey Flannery

Why is March maple syruping month? Because that’s when maple sap flows from the sugar maple trees at Indian Creek Nature Center! We turn that sap into our very own real, pure maple syrup. Want to see how we do it?…

Beekeepers Wind Down Their Season

Indian Creek Nature Center

Jean shares her observations as honey season winds down The goldenrod is one of the first fall flowers to begin blooming, and it marks the end of the honey season for beekeepers. We’ve been busy behind-the-scenes in preparation for Honeyfest….

Stars (and planets) in your Eyes

Indian Creek Nature Center

Naturalist Jennifer Rupp loves, loves, LOVES astronomy! There’s a big event coming up. Let her tell you about it….(and be sure to watch the awesome video she’s linked to) I had the best mentor in Astronomy a kid could ask…

A Sappy Story

Indian Creek Nature Center

As we head towards our 30th annual Maple Syrup Festival this weekend, we take a look back at the very first sugarmaker at the Nature Center – Director Rich Patterson’s father-in-law, Leslie Fellows. The Fellows family lived in New Boston,…

Happy Birthday to US!

Indian Creek Nature Center

An important message from Rich… On this day, January 18,  40 years ago the Indian Creek Nature Center was legally founded as a private nonprofit corporation-Iowa’s first nature center. Hundreds of people over the past four decades have donated talent,…

Sure Signs of Spring

Indian Creek Nature Center

Two sure signs of spring here today.  The first came when I got out of my car this morning and started across the parking lot towards the barn.  Birds were chirping away when I heard something that made me smile…….

Sap Savers

Indian Creek Nature Center

Our new naturalist, Jenny Rupp was part of the crew that tapped our first maple trees of the season this past Saturday.  She is anxious for her first syruping season! What a marvelous winter it has been for those of…

Music in the Loft


Iowa Vanguard Jazz Collective will fill the barn’s auditorium with a broad selection of music from great jazz composers: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Toshiko Akioshi, Woody Herman and more!  Original arrangements and compositions will also be featured.  If you wish,…