The Nature Center offers programming for all ages! Custom programs can be offered to meet your needs in terms of access to outdoors, time available, and physical ability. Nature Center programs are an ideal enrichment activity that can be tailored to your group’s desires.

To learn more about available options and to schedule, please contact us.

At the Nature Center

The Nature Center’s property is ideally suited for a quick getaway. Located five miles from downtown Cedar Rapids, the Nature Center is easily accessible and provides a number of different experiences that can be customized for your group. Hard surface walkways are available and handicapped and bus drop-off are ideally located near the education center. Note: Please notify our registrar if special accommodations need to be made for individuals with mobility restrictions.

Cost: $2/participant (minimum of 10)

At Your Facility

Nature Center staff can travel to your facility and present informational and educational program topics on many areas, including gardening, sustainable living, wildlife, flowers, and many others. Programs requiring a staff naturalist to come to your facility are charged a flat fee with no minimum number of participants. Note: Please notify our registrar if special accommodations need to be made for individuals with mobility restrictions.

Cost: $75 (1 hour program)

Programs

Iowa Wildlife
Discover Iowa Birds
Reptiles and Amphibians
Bees for the Beginner
Iowa Habitats
STEM for all ages
Nature Stories and Poems
Forest Wildflowers
Prairies
Star Stories
Butterflies/Insects
Wetland Gathering (ICNC onsite only)
Iowa Wildlife

Discover and remember the diversity of wildlife in Iowa. See and touch artifacts from a variety of animals – birds, insects, mammals and more – and meet a live animal (optional). Outreach or onsite options available. Season(s) Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Discover Iowa Birds

Discuss Iowa’s variety of birds. Listen to bird songs and calls. Look at bird feathers and artifacts. Outreach or onsite options available. Onsite option includes bird watching at our feeders. Season(s) Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Reptiles and Amphibians

What makes reptiles and amphibians similar and different? We’ll tell (and show!) you all about it. Meet some live reptiles and amphibians, too! Season(s) Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Bees for the Beginner

Learn about the life cycle and the role of the queen, drones and worker honeybees. Look inside a real, but empty Langsroth beehive! Onsite or outreach options are available.  Onsite option includes viewing our indoor bee hives.  Season(s) Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Iowa Habitats

See and touch artifacts from Iowa’s prairies, forests and wetlands. Onsite or outreach options are available, and the onsite option could include an outdoor component. Season(s) Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter  

STEM for all ages

Watch several science experiments unfold right before your eyes! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – there’s something for everyone! Onsite or outreach options available.  Season(s) Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Nature Stories and Poems

Bring back memories and engage your mind as you listen to nature stories and poems. When possible, the literature will be seasonally appropriate and will not only cater to the auditory learner (listening) but the visual learner.  Onsite or outreach options available.  Season(s) Offered: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Forest Wildflowers

See a slide show of woodland wildflowers and trees. Touch and feel tree cookies and leaves. Outreach or onsite options. Onsite option could include short walk, highlighting some of the wildflower and trees from the slide show.. Season(s) offered: Spring

Prairies

See a slide show of prairie plants and animals.  Outreach or onsite options. Onsite option could include short walk into our prairie, with the opportunity to see these prairie plants and evidence of prairie animals. Season(s) Offered: Summer and Fall

Star Stories

Listen to constellation stories from a variety of cultures, complete with an optional slide show of constellations. This program is “far out”! Onsite or outreach options available. Season(s) Offered: Winter

Butterflies/Insects

Get an up-close look at butterflies and other insects.  Learn all about these small but mighty critters.  Onsite or outreach options available.  Onsite option could include a visit to our butterfly hoop house.  Season(s) Offered: Summer, Early Fall (through September)

Wetland Gathering (ICNC onsite only)

Gather at one of our wetlands to witness the sounds and sights of these magical places. This program is onsite only. Talk with us about accessibility for those with mobility impairments. Season(s) Offered: Spring, Summer, Early Fall (through mid-October)

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