A group of kayaks sit on shore ready to enter the water for an eco-adventure. Yes, I know we’ve been quiet lately but we’re working on something really exciting we’ll be ready to unveil shortly!  In the meantime, we’ve got a few special programs to tell you about.

First, PADDLE DAY is coming this Saturday, Jan 29th.  If you’re a kayaker, a canoeist or other paddle enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this!  Eco-adventurer John Pearson will share some of his recent excursions across America in a beautiful and exciting photo-narrative.  John Craun will tell you why Isle Royale is a MUST on your destination list and he’ll show you his latest creation – an Aleutian biadarka!  It’s a beautiful wooden kayak he’s constructed that you’ll definitely want to see.   Registration opens at 12:30…cost is $7/ICNC members; $10/non-members

Kids enjoy getting up close with a chicken as they learn to raise hens in their backyardWe’ve got three workshops coming up for folks interested in chickens.  First, noted author and co-host of the wildly popular “Chicken Whisperer” radio show – Patricia Freeman – will Skype in to the Nature Center on Sunday, Feb 6th at 2pm for a presentation on integrating chickens with gardens and increasing your backyard production.  We’ll also have a presentation on coops and fencing.  If you’re raising chickens or thinking about it, you’ll want to be here!  Cost is $7/ICNC members; $10/non-members.

And if you’re thinking you want to raise chickens and want to know more about it, come to our Basic Chicken Workshop on Saturday, February 19th at 2pm.  This is the workshop required by the City of Cedar Rapids before a permit will be issued for residents to raise hens in their backyards.  This same workshop will also be presented on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00pm at the new Theisen’s location (1800 51st St NE…formerly Econofoods).  Thanks to our friends at Cargill and Nutrena for helping us with the Theisen’s workshop!  Cost for either workshop is $7/ICNC members; $10/non-members.

If you’re interested in more information or to register for these events, give us a call at 319-362-0664.  See you at the Nature Center!

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