Virtual Programming

Virtual Programming

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

Most virtual programs are held over Zoom. Please make sure Zoom is downloaded prior to the start of the program. 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.

Garden Talk Tuesdays

Tuesdays via Zoom | $5 per person

Indian Creek Nature Center & ISU Extension & Outreach‘s Linn County Master Gardeners have a shared goal to support property owners as they recover their outdoor space from the derecho and drought. Homeowners have different needs, so the courses will cover diverse topics for those interested in planting trees, maximizing their new sunny space, and creating better pollinator habitats. Programs are taught by Master Gardeners and facilitated by ICNC’s Education Team.

Heartland Bee Club Meeting

2nd Thursday of Odd Months (January, March, May, July, September, November) | Free & open to the public
Heartland Bee Club is an active, supportive and friendly group of hobbyist beekeepers from Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas of Eastern Iowa. Our group was founded to provide a welcoming social club, training, continuous learning, speakers, and events for honeybee enthusiast and like-minded folks.