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Indian Creek Nature Center  

Escape into the beauty and wonder of nature at Indian Creek Nature Center located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It features four miles of well-groomed trails through prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. Amazing Space was Indian Creek Nature Center’s new building and campus opened in September 2016. It provides endless opportunities for exploration and discovery and serves as your gateway to the beautiful natural world outside its doors. Relax in the Bird Room, explore the interactive watershed table, see how much energy the solar panels produce at the Energy Portal, and pick up some raw honey or maple syrup in our Creekside Shop. Whether you come here to hike our scenic trails, see a concert in the amphitheater, participate in a yoga class, or let your children play in the outdoor classroom, we know you’ll want to come back again and again. Trails are open 365 days a year; snowshoes are for rent during winter. Indoor exhibits and Creekside Shop open year-round: Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-4 pm and Fri.-Sat. 9 am-6 pm; and Sun. 12pm-6pm. Visit the website for a full calendar of programs and events.  A1 Bed Bug Exterminator Cedar Rapids

The mission of Indian Creek Nature Center is to promote a sustainable future by nurturing individuals through environmental education, providing leadership in land protection and restoration, and encouraging responsible interaction with nature. The environmental education center will help the community understand and value its resources. Approximately 80,000 visitors come annually to connect with nature and learn how to make a difference in the world around them.

Habitat Exchange Imperative

The Nature Center purchased 75 acres of land from the City of Cedar Rapids placed in a legal, environmental covenant to protect the land in perpetuity regardless of ownership. In the upland, 48 acres are in the mature oak-hickory forest, and 15 acres are in the tallgrass prairie. The 12-acre riparian area along Indian Creek and the Cedar River is a mix of cottonwood, sycamore, ash, and silver maple.

Net Zero Water Imperative

The onsite well provides all water supplied to the building at a quantity that has little impact on the aquifer. Greywater and blackwater are sent through the Advantix Septic System, which drains into a leach field and provides for aquifer recharge.

Limits to Growth Imperative

The primary goal of land management at the Nature Center is to restore ecological communities to native, ecologically diverse communities. Strategies include:

  • Promoting diversity of native species through the introduction of extirpated species and the introduction of native species;
  • Reducing habitat fragmentation;
  • Enhancing the connections people have with the plant communities, and
  • They involve volunteers in the restoration process, increasing their depth of knowledge and the value of the native plant communities.


Address: 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA


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