Virtual Programming

Virtual Programming

Join us online from the safety and comfort of your home. Topics & pricing vary. See our public program calendar for current offerings & registration.

Support provided by Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, through the federal CARES Act.

Most virtual programs are held over Zoom. Links will be sent about 24 hours in advance to the email address you registered with.

Backyard Chickens Certification Course

Monthly via Zoom | $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers

Urban chickens provide you with fresh eggs that you gather right in your own backyard. Many local municipalities now allow hens to be kept in city limits upon successful completion of the Backyard Chicken Workshop at Indian Creek Nature Center. Learn the basics required to safely and successfully raise chickens in urban and suburban areas. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, enabling them to receive a permit to legally keep chickens in Cedar Rapids, Marion, and other neighboring communities.

Beekeeping Series

Details coming soon 

Join us for Iowa’s premier beekeeping class! This seven session series is designed for individuals serious about starting a beekeeping hobby. The series will take the participant through the annual cycle of beekeeping from establishing a hive to harvesting and marketing the honey produced. The class members will be actively involved in learning activities by working in our Educational Apiary at Indian Creek Nature Center. Attendance at all classes and a commitment to recommended reading and regular hive inspections are essential for successful beekeeping.

Winter Gardening Fair (ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners)

February 6-April 24 | $5 per person (sign up for 5 classes for a discount of $1 off each class!)

Indian Creek Nature Center has teamed up with ISU Extension & Outreach‘s Linn County Master Gardeners to bring their annual Winter Garden Fair to you virtually! The Master Gardeners are giving weekly talks virtually, via Zoom. There is a $5.00 fee and the day before the class the registrant is sent a Zoom link. Each class costs $5, but if you can sign up for 5 classes, you’ll receive a discount of $1 off each class. It’s a great deal when you register in increments of 5! Talks will be held from February 6-April 24. All the talks are listed on our public program calendar — check out Saturday events in February and April and make plans to join the Master Gardeners at a safe distance!