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Record attendance in beekeeping class mirrors rising interest in pollinators

Lindsey Flannery
January 30, 2016 Enrollment in Indian Creek Nature Center’s annual beekeeping class tripled its typical enrollment – there are nearly 75 participants registered for 2016, versus 25 in previous years. “The increased interest in the class is largely due to...
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Project Update: Handling Rainwater Run-off

Lindsey Flannery
Infrastructure in general, and parking lots in particular, are notorious for causing water problems. During a rain storm, a variety of factors combine to devastate local water ways. The rainwater picks up contaminants, such as spilled oil and gasoline, and carries...
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Project Update: Maintaining Healthy Soil

Lindsey Flannery
Soil provides a foundation for all other life. It determines which wild plants flourish, which animals survive, and which crops grow. That doesn’t change on a construction site. How the soils are treated before, during, and after construction have repercussions long...
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Non-resident deer tag auction set for August 10-13, 2015

Lindsey Flannery
If you live outside of Iowa, this is your chance to hunt Iowa Whitetail deer! Indian Creek Nature Center and the Iowa DNR are again teaming up to offer a 2015-2016 Iowa Non-Resident Deer Tag to the highest bidder. The winner,...
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“Get Dirty and Let’s Move”

Lindsey Flannery
Indian Creek Nature Center’s new mantra, “Get Dirty!”, and a list of accompanying programs designed to fit in with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, have garnered national attention. Read the blog post on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) blog here.
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Rain Water Runoff

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Rain Garden Raingardens collect and temporarily hold water from your roof or driveway that would otherwise runoff across your lawn and be channeled into fast-moving torrents of water. In our case, it collects rainwater from the east side of the barn....
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Photovoltaics

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A leader in energy efficiency, the Indian Creek Nature Center began using photovoltaics in 1993. The first system stored solar produced electricity in batteries. This type of system allows a homeowner or business to draw on the electricity even when...
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Permeable Paving

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GrassPave Permeable Paving Permeable paving, unlike standard asphalt or concrete, holds rainwater underground and on-site, instead of sheeting off the surface and contaminating Indian Creek. Planted in 2009, the grass reduces the heat-island affect while providing structure for vehicles and pedestrians....
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Wetland Restoration

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The Indian Creek Nature Center has two wetland restorations. Wetland Septic System Located behind the barn is a constructed wetland septic system that consists of two basins. Drain and toilet waste enters the first basin underground. As dirty water slowly...
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