Advanced Training


Iowa Master Naturalists – Upcoming Advanced Training Opportunities 

**Please double check event pages and/or with contact listed ahead of time, in case of any schedule changes or cancellations.**

*Idea: You may be able to get involved in a volunteer capacity for some events. Consider contacting the organization to ask if they need any help.*

FEBRUARY

Fri Feb 28, 9:30 – 10:30 AM. All About Iowa Animals. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Join a Naturalist to learn all about mammals that call Iowa home. We’ll have amazing furs and mounts on display for you to get close to, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the live reptiles and amphibians that live at Indian Creek Nature Center. This class will be held inside and is designed for our friends who are 55 years of age and up, those with mobility concerns that prevent them from being regularly active or outdoors and their guests! Coffee and tea will be provided.Contact: naturecenter@indiancreeknaturecenter.org. Cost: $5.00 per Participant.

Sat Feb 29, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Woodworking for Wildlife: Solitary Bee Hotels. Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park, 2048 US-6, Oxford, IA 52322. Fee: $15. Did you know there are around 400 different species of solitary bees in Iowa? Come learn all about them, AND learn how to build and maintain an observation bee hotel! We ask everyone who builds a house for themselves, to donate their time to build a second house that will be hung up in one of JCC’s properties. To register, email fowen@co.johnson.ia.us. A big thanks to Lowes in Coralville for supplying a 50% discount on the hardware!

 

MARCH

Tues. Mar 3, 6:30 p.m. Prairie Preview XXXVII. Clarion Highlander, 2525 N. Dodge St., Iowa City Johnson County Conservation (JCC) will join other local conservation groups for a gathering of environmental displays at this free annual event hosted by Bur Oak Land Trust. This year’s keynote speaker is Sarah Nizzi from the Xerces Society, the leading organization in invertebrate conservation. For more information or to become an event sponsor, contact: 319- 338-7030 or info@buroaklandtrust.org.

Wed., Mar 4, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Kent Park Bird Walk. Bird Walk with leader Rick Hollis. Meet at the Kent Park Conservation Education Center, 2048 US-6, Oxford, IA 52322. Online information: http://www.iowacitybirdclub.org/event/kent-park-bird-walk-8/

Sat, Mar 7, Bird Club Field Trip – Burlington Area Mississippi River, 6:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Burlington Area and Mississippi River Target birds include ducks, geese, pelicans, Winter Wren and many more. This is an all-day trip, or take the option to return early about mid- afternoon. Our trip leader is Burlington local expert birder Chuck Fuller. Stops include locks and dams, riverside parks, and other hotspots. Walking is usually short distance from frequent stops. We’ll stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Dress for cold and wind, and bring a scope if you have one.  Meet Karen Disbrow at 6:30 at the Fin & Feather parking lot, 125 Hwy. 1 W, Iowa City; or at 8 a.m. at the Port of Burlington, 400 Front St., Burlington. Online information: http://www.iowacitybirdclub.org/event/field-trip-burlington-area-mississippi-river/

Sat., Mar 7, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 – 2:00. It’s Maple Syrupin’ Time. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Discover how easy it is to tap maple trees and make delicious maple syrup. This is a great family STEM science experience to learn about weather, tree physiology, and the chemistry of syrup making. Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree, visit the Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup, and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream.To register for the 11:00 – 12:00 class: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615237&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

To register for the 1:00 – 2:00 class: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615239&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

Sun, Mar 8, 1:00 – 2:00 pm. It’s Maple Syrupin’ Time. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Discover how easy it is to tap maple trees and make delicious maple syrup. This is a great family STEM science experience to learn about weather, tree physiology, and the chemistry of syrup making. Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree, visit the Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup, and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream.
To register: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615242&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

 

Sun, March 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Advanced Maple Syrup. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.This class will expand upon the content covered in last month’s Backyard Maple Syrup Making program.  You will get more detail on the uniqueness of the maple tree and its sweet sap. History of maple sugaring will be explored, and some time will be spent in the sugar house gaining an understanding of the process in more detail from one of Indian Creek’s own sugar masters. This program will meet at the Penningroth Barn (intersection of Otis and Bertram Roads). Registration required: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615978&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

Sat. Mar. 14, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Winter Tree ID. Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park Leafless trees might seem impossible to ID, but there are still many ways to set them apart. Participants will learn advanced tree ID skills such as bud, twig, and bark ID, as well as natural history snippets about many of Iowa’s trees. This program will primarily be outdoors, hiking both on and off trail. This class is designed for adults. To register, email kmorrow@co.johnson.ia.us.

Sat., March 14, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 – 2:00. It’s Maple Syrupin’ Time. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Discover how easy it is to tap maple trees and make delicious maple syrup. This is a great family STEM science experience to learn about weather, tree physiology, and the chemistry of syrup making. Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree, visit the Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup, and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream.To register for the 11:00 class: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615240&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

To register for the 1:00 class: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615241&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

 

Sun, March 15, 1:00 – 2:00. It’s Maple Syrupin’ Time. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Discover how easy it is to tap maple trees and make delicious maple syrup. This is a great family STEM science experience to learn about weather, tree physiology, and the chemistry of syrup making. Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree, visit the Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup, and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream.To register: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615244&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

Tuesdays, beginning March 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Beginning Birder Course. Basics of Birding, by Karen Disbrow. Learn about bird identification, field guides and equipment.  Classes to be held at Kent Park Conservation Education Center. Advance registration is requested, and is free for club members. Call Kristen Morrow at (319) 645-1011 to register. There will be six Tuesday evening sessions.

Tues, Mar 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Cats of America: Ancient History and Modern Conservation. Wickiup Hill Learning Center.10260 Morris Hills Rd., Toddville, IA 52341. William R. Clark, Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Ecology at Iowa State University will provide a talk which starts with a brief overview of the evolution of cats including paleological history of sabertooth cats and cheetahs that once roamed North America. The talk transitions to the modern cats including endangered species like ocelots, and common species like bobcats. We will discuss pumas that occasionally show up in Iowa as well as conservation challenges such as habitat loss, climate change, conflicts and hunting. Participants will find there are lots of great pictures and appropriate scientific information, skulls and skins. A question and answer session follows. No cost, but online registration required:https://www.mycountyparks.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/County/Linn/Park/Wickiup-Hill-Learning-Center/Events/14184/The-Cats-of-America-Ancient-History-and-Modern-Conservation/Register.aspx&qs=true

Tues, March 17 or Wed, March 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. It’s Maple Syrupin’ Time. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Discover how easy it is to tap maple trees and make delicious maple syrup. This is a great family STEM science experience to learn about weather, tree physiology, and the chemistry of syrup making. Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree, visit the Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup, and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream. To register for Tues: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615245&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

To register for Wed: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615246&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

Sat, Mar 21, 7:30 pm. Public Presentation of Cedar Amateur Astronomers (CAA). Lost Siblings of the Sun. Can we find some of the stars that were formed in the same Star Formation Region as the Sun, 4.5 billion years ago? Incredibly, some sober astronomers think the answer is yes, and published a paper to this effect in the Astrophysical Journal. The star is visible to binoculars and should be up at the time of the March public night.The observatory is located on the southern edge of Palisades State Park at 1365 Ivanhoe Road. The facility is approximately 15 miles southeast of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Public observing events are held in the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Observatory and Preserve.The CAA hosts at least 12 Saturday Public Observing events featuring a guest speaker that is followed—weather permitting—by celestial viewings through telescopes at the facility. During viewing hours, society members will be available to answer questions and provide everyone with an opportunity to look through the Society’s telescopes and those of our members.The observatory is only open for scheduled Public Events. Website:https://www.cedar-astronomers.org/pal-dows-observatory. Leave inquiries at inquiries@Cedar-Astronomers.org.

Fri, March 27 and Sat, Mar 28. Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens. Reiman Gardens, 1407 S University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011. If you are unfamiliar with DOI, the event is filled with presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts covering a range of insect related topics. From young beginners to seasoned veterans, Day of Insects (DOI) has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects. Friday presentations start at noon. There will be an opening reception in the evening. Come be casual, get to know other insect enthusiasts, there’s more of us than you think. The deadline to register is March 19. Registration and session details: https://reimangardens.com/collections/insects/day-of-insects/

Sun, Mar 29, 12:30 – 3:30. Bird Banding. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Join ornithologists Dr. Neil Bernstein and Dr. Anya Illes for a special bird banding program. Be our guest and drop in anytime during the window of time to watch Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Illes net, band, and release birds from Nature Center property. You’ll get a chance to see the equipment they use, observe the banding process, and learn about the importance of banding. You’ll also get an up close look at the birds! Banding is a weather-dependent activity. To register: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615391&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

 

APRIL

Thurs, April 2, 12:00 – 4:30. From the Ground Up: Creating a Healthy Forest. 2750 230 St., Washington, Iowa 52353. Cost: $10. Please RSVP by

Sat., March 28th to: Cindy Heisdorffer. Phone: 563-940-3654 (leave message or text). Email: cheisdorffer57@gmail.com. Online flier with workshop details: https://naturalresources.extension.iastate.edu/files/page/files/from_the_ground_up_workshop_final-final.pdf

Sat, Apr 4, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meet the Critters. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Meet in the classrooms to learn about our live education animals, what they eat, and how we care for them. See for yourself what makes reptiles and amphibians similar to each other and what makes them unique. To register: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615396&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-03-01/3421/0/

Sat, April 4, 1:00 pm. Establish an Edible Forest. Backyard Abundance, Iowa City. Register: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/establish-an-edible-forest-2138780201?resp=on&dateid=2138504424

Sat, April 18, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Establish a Pollinator Garden. Backyard Abundance, Iowa City. Register: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/establish-a-pollinator-garden-2138780200?resp=on&dateid=2138504427

Sun, Apr 19, 12:30 – 3:30. Bird Banding. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Join ornithologists Dr. Neil Bernstein and Dr. Anya Illes for a special bird banding program. Be our guest and drop in anytime during the window of time to watch Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Illes net, band, and release birds from Nature Center property. You’ll get a chance to see the equipment they use, observe the banding process, and learn about the importance of banding. You’ll also get an up close look at the birds! Banding is a weather-dependent activity. To register: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615393&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-04-01/3421/0/

Sat, Apr 25, 8:00 pm. Public Presentation of Cedar Amateur Astronomers (CAA). The observatory is located on the southern edge of Palisades State Park at 1365 Ivanhoe Road. The facility is approximately 15 miles southeast of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Public observing events are held in the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Observatory and Preserve.The CAA hosts at least 12 Saturday Public Observing events featuring a guest speaker that is followed—weather permitting—by celestial viewings through telescopes at the facility. During viewing hours, society members will be available to answer questions and provide everyone with an opportunity to look through the Society’s telescopes and those of our members.The observatory is only open for scheduled Public Events. Website:https://www.cedar-astronomers.org/pal-dows-observatory. Leave inquiries at inquiries@Cedar-Astronomers.org.

Tues, Apr 28, 6:00 – 7:15 pm. Nature Stroll – the Sounds of Iowa Frogs and Toads. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Springtime gets a bit noisy when the frogs and toads of Iowa sing in unison! Do you know what types of frogs and toads we have at the Nature Center? Do you know the differences between frogs and toads? Join Phil White on this guided hike around our wetland as we explore these amazing amphibians. We’ll collect a few species and take an up-close look! Dress for the outdoors and bring a water bottle. Meet at Amazing Space and be prepared to walk to Lynch Wetland. To register: https://indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?activitykey=2615399&orgkey=3421&ReturnURL=//indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/3421/2020-04-01/3421/0/