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Land Team Answers Preschoolers’ Questions

Preschoolers are naturally curious.  The teachers at Creekside Forest School love to encourage that curiosity and even let it inspire the curriculum at times. Often, the students (who range from 3 to 5 years old)…

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Woodlands

Prairie

Wildlife

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Wander

Enjoy hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing and fishing while you explore land in various stages of ecological restoration.

Learn

Our programs bring learning to life! Discover the wonders of nature through a wide variety of programming for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Protect

For decades Indian Creek Nature Center has led the area in sustainable building and operations practices.

Support

Invest in the next generation by helping us instill a love of nature and pass along the knowledge of how to care for our environment.

Get Involved

Pull on a pair of hiking boots and hit the trails, attend an upcoming program or event, join the hundreds of volunteers that help out in myriad ways, become a member, or get involved in any number of ways to belong to a group of dedicated Champions of Nature that are working to preserve, conserve and educate…all while having a wonderful time.

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Land Team & CFS

Land Team Answers Preschoolers’ Questions

Preschoolers are naturally curious.  The teachers at Creekside Forest School love to encourage that curiosity and even let it inspire the curriculum at times. Often, the students (who range from 3 to 5 years old)…
Investing in Champions of Nature

Building Skills at Summer Camp

For many children who attend Creek Camp at Indian Creek Nature Center, a highlight is building dams with their fellow campers in Bena Brook. While this may look like nothing more than play and fun,…
Creekside Forest School Garden

Creekside Forest School Garden

What’s Happening in the CFS Garden Creekside Forest School students and teachers, in collaboration with Etzel Sugar Grove Farm and The Iowa Farm to Schools and Early Care Coalition, have planted their own garden. Updates…

Championing Diversity in the Outdoors

Our work to create Champions of Nature through education and inspiration cannot be achieved without racial and social justice as well.
We stand in solidarity with those seeking justice and change, and are committed to doing our part to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility are at the forefront of our work. Everyone should feel welcome and safe to enjoy the outdoors.

We recognize we have work to do. It is not news that environmental organizations often lack in diversity, ourselves included. We are not a leader in this movement, but our goal is to be an ally. We are showing up by listening and educating ourselves, as well as taking action to be more inclusive and equitable in our work. In July 2019, we began a multi-year staff training and educational program in diversity, equity and inclusion. We are continuing those necessary and important conversations and applying what we learn in the work we do. We continue to ask ourselves what we can do to combat racism and inequality and are taking steps to diversify our opportunities and programming.

Just like you need nature, nature needs you!