What Indian Creek Nature Center Does: Provides Education. A diverse schedule of programs is offered to the public throughout the year. Public programs include natualist-guided walks, speakers, workshops and large events. School and home school programs offer opportunities for students from kindergarten through high school. Preschool programs introduce little ones to nature. Youth group programs offer special workshops for church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and others to complete program, achievement, or badge requirements. Maple Syruping programs teach the science and craft of making maple syrup. Protects and Manages Land. The Nature Center manages a 210-acre nature preserve five miles from downtown Cedar Rapids. This National Environmental Study Area includes two National Recreation Trails. The Nature Center also owns and protects Allsop Woods, a 24-acre woodland in northeast Cedar Rapids. About four miles of trails wind through a maple sugar bush, riparian woods, tallgrass prairies, oak-hickory savannas and deciduous forest. Each year approximately 45,000 vistors enjoy attending a program or event, hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing or jogging. Provides Information. The Nature Center serves as a resource for questions about nature topics and problems. | Indian Creek Nature Center is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1973. It is unaffiliated with government and receives no regular tax support. Most of its budget is generated by earned income and grants, but relies on Iowans and other friends for about a third of its budget. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors and has seven full- time and three part-time employees. Volunteers provide many diverse services and are crucial to the success of our mission. Come join the fun and volunteer!