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Monarchs are struggling

Monarchs Are Struggling

Striving for a Self-Sustainable Monarch Population Monarch butterflies are struggling to reach a self-sustaining population level due to habitat loss and other factors. The iconic western monarch butterfly, with its bold orange and black colors,…

Escape into Nature

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Escape

Seek out the healing powers of nature on our 7 miles of trails through nearly 500 acres of protected woodlands, prairies and wetlands.

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Discover the wonders of nature through a wide variety of nature-inspired events and programs that bring learning to life in all seasons.

Flourish

Since 1973 Indian Creek Nature Center has led Eastern Iowa in environmental education, sustainable living practices and land restoration.

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Invest in a more sustainable future by helping Indian Creek Nature Center create and protect places where nature can thrive.

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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Monarchs are struggling

Monarchs Are Struggling

Striving for a Self-Sustainable Monarch Population Monarch butterflies are struggling to reach a self-sustaining population level due to habitat loss and other factors. The iconic western monarch butterfly, with its bold orange and black colors,…
Growing a Pasture-Raised Flock

New Chicks, Same Farm Fresh Eggs

The Flock is growing at Etzel Sugar Grove Farm!  60 sapphire gem chicks were added to the pasture-raised chicken flock at Etzel Sugar Grove Farm in early June. Less than two weeks ago a brood…
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)…

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!