Creating the Next Generation of Outdoor Leaders

There is incredible alignment between the Nature Center and the Scouting programs. For years, the Nature Center has been focused on providing additional education opportunities for Scouting leaders who are developing opportunities for youth. Through programs aimed at both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, unit leaders are able to count on ICNC for education programs that often align directly with the requirements for youth to earn their badges, pins, and ranks.

Each year, the Nature Center team develops age-aligned programs open for all Scouts to register and attend. Often held on weekends, these programs allow individual youth or an entire Scouting unit to attend. ICNC staff is incredibly flexible and welcomes the opportunity to create specific programs designed to meet the education and scheduling needs of individual Scouting units.

The service that Scouting provides to the community is undeniable. Since 2010, the Nature Center has benefited from over 70 Eagle Scout projects. Every Eagle or Gold Award Scout who conducts their service project at ICNC gets a free use of Nature Center facilities for the Court of Honor celebrating their accomplishments. Below is just a small sample of the projects that the next generation of community leaders have conducted at ICNC:

    • Trail building
    • Invasive species removal
    • Trail and ravine bridge construction
    • Hoop house construction
    • Bird habitat and nest box construction
    • Habitat restoration
    • Tree planting
    • Bee pollinator box construction
    • ADA accessibility projects, including amphitheater platforms and trail grading
    • Permeable paver installation
    • And many more!

For decades, Scouts have benefited from the education that ICNC has provided and ICNC has benefited from the service those Scouts give back to the community. By working together, we are able to achieve a deep and meaningful experience for the Scouts who will be the next generation of leaders in our community.

If you’d like to schedule a private Scouting program at the Indian Creek Nature Center, please contact Emily Roediger at or (319) 362-0664.

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