What a spring season it’s been for families with school-age children at home. Surely we’ve all felt the pressure of social distancing, self isolation, concern for the wellbeing of others, and a deep interruption of our daily lives. On behalf of all of my colleagues at Indian Creek Nature Center, we hope that spending time outdoors over the last two months has provided respite to you and your household.
Like other organizations that serve children and families, we are preparing to meet the needs of our community while keeping them and our staff and volunteers safe. I would like to provide an update on educational programs and camps which are scheduled to take place this summer.
- June Creek Camps are cancelled. Families that have already registered have been contacted.
- July and August camps are running as scheduled at this time. Registration is open. As always, we will be communicating with registrants 2 weeks prior to each camp and will detail our measures to keep campers safe and happy.
- We are rolling out a new set of public programs for families during the month of June! Naturalists Emily Roediger and Andria Cossollotto will lead Online Family Nature Programs via Zoom that are fun for the whole family and facilitate an outdoor learning experience, wherever your outdoors may be. The best part? They are affordable (we’ve implemented a sliding scale fee) and do not have you and your children sitting in front of a device. Visit our program calendar to see those offerings and learn more.
Online Family Nature Programs are sponsored by the Alliant Energy Foundation.
- Many of our adult public programs from March through the end of May were cancelled, but some were held online via Zoom. You’ll see our continued online program offerings for adults on our public program calendar as well.
- Free programs in April and May, like Trail Trekkers, are now in a handy video format for you to watch with preschool-age children anytime. Go here to see the Sounds of Spring video and here to see the Senses Exploration video.
- Keep an eye on our website for plans on reopening Amazing Space. As further information becomes available we will share it there.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission to create Champions of Nature, and for remaining flexible and understanding as we shift our programming in response to our current times. As you begin to make summer plans, keep in mind not only our programs, but our beautiful grounds and trails that are free and open to the public every day of the year. Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy all that ICNC has to offer. See you again soon!
ICNC Director of Education