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Maple Syruping Program

Maple Syruping | Annually each March

Participants learn about the lore and history of this unique North American heritage activity, and explore the Native American, colonial and pioneer history of ‘sugaring.’  The teacher-naturalist shares that maple syrup is the first agricultural crop harvested in Iowa each year. The physiology and identification of maple trees is reviewed. Then participants visit the sugar bush (woods where the maple trees grow) and use tools (bit & brace, hammer, spile and collection bucket) to tap a maple tree. Groups then tour the sugarhouse to learn how sap is boiled to create maple syrup. Each participant enjoys a sample of the maple syrup made at Indian Creek Nature Center on a small ice cream cone.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day | April 9

Calling all Boy Scouts! Merit Badge Day at Indian Creek Nature Center gives you an opportunity to work with a team of experts in Environmental Science, Wilderness Survival, Hiking, Bird Study, Geology, Nature, Orienteering, Mammal Study, and Weather. Sign up for a morning session and afternoon session, each lasting three hours. A one-hour lunch break will be provided from 11 a.m.-Noon. Scouts and adults are responsible for bringing their own lunch.

Pre-registration required.

**Prior to arriving for merit badge day, scouts are expected to have read through their corresponding merit badge book and to have thought about the requirements.

Morning session options:
8-11 a.m.

Bird Study: We will be able to complete requirements 1-6 during your workshop session. Requirement 7 can be completed at the Nature Center during one of the following expert led programs: Birding-May 14th, 8 AM; Birding-June 3, 6:30 PM. Requirement 8 must be completed on your own.

Environmental Science: Our expert requests that you complete requirements 1, 2 and 3b2 prior to your arrival. You will be working with data you collect and discussing the impacts. You will review requirements 1 and 2, discuss 3b2, complete 3a1, 3c2, and 5. Options for setting up requirement 4 will be discussed and pointed out, and requirements 1 and 2 will be reviewed. Requirements 3d, 3e, 3f, 4 and 6 will need to be completed on your own. **Please do not bring your cell phones to this workshop.

Hiking: We will be able to complete requirements 1-4. Please come with a 10 mile hike in mind that you would like to do, and a map of that area. Requirements 5-7 must be completed on your own.

Orienteering: We will be able to complete requirements 1-6 during your workshop session. Limited opportunities to complete requirements 7-10 with the Nature Center staff are available. You must speak to a staff member to confirm your involvement and work out details well in advance. Possible dates include May 20th, 6:30-8 pm (Arrive at 5 pm to set up course), and June 18th, 1-2:30 (Arrive at 11 to set up course). Requirements 7-10 must be pursued on your own.

Weather: Weatherman Justin Gehrts will walk you through requirements 1-9. Requirements 10 and 11 will need to be completed on your own after the workshop; however, Justin will provide resources for your investigation of requirement 11.

Afternoon session options (choose one):
(Noon – 3 p.m.)

Environmental Science (same description as morning)

Geology: We will be able to complete requirements 1-5, (All requirements!) of this badge during your workshop session. We will be working through option 5a.

Hiking (same description as morning)

Nature Study: We will be able to complete requirements 1-3,4a, 4b, and 4c. We will attempt 4e, but cannot guarantee success. One (or two, depending on 4e) other requirement from 4 (d, f, or h) will need to be completed on your own.

Wilderness Survival: We will be able to complete requirements 1-5, 7, and 9-12. Methods for requirement 6 will be practiced and discussed, but if the requirements aren’t achieved at the workshop more work will be needed on your own. Shelter building will be reviewed, but requirement 8’s overnight stay must be completed on your own elsewhere.

Webelos Workshops

Into the Wild | April 23

Learn about birds and flyways, and practice your bird watching skills. Build a terrarium and learn how to take care of it. Play the food chain game, and think about different parts that humans play. Explore the depths of a wetland within our exhibit, and talk about the importance of aquatic ecosystems. (Note: we will not complete every requirement for this adventure.)

Into the Woods | April 23

Take this workshop with Into the Wild, or on its own. Trees are everywhere! What kind are they? Learn how trees work, which trees you’re likely to find in your backyard, how we use trees and more.