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Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids
(4.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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  • The new building and grounds, called quite aptly "Amazing Space" are a great natural getaway from the city, so close yet so far. The building itself is an attraction, if you are any kind of a sustaina...  more »
  • Very good kids trip to see nature and learn some about nature. It has many new changes in 2016 that are worth seeing about environmentally friendly power sources. 
  • The beehive behind glass was fascinating, as was the huge, very very long root system of the prairie plant exhibit. Excellent shop with unusual, hard-to-find gifts, useful items and books. 
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  • What a wonderful spot! If you'd like to sit in air conditioned comfort and learn about the uninterrupted prairie that used to be RIGHT WHERE THE NATURE CENTER BUILDING AND PARKING LOT ARE, come to the new nature center. You'll park in what used to be twelve acres of the last remaining prairie in Iowa! You'll get to watch confused monarchs search for the field which countless generations had flocked! OH, and no trip to nature without your kids getting a chance to play the xylophone! Plus, the new center allowed the board members to line the pockets of their developer friends. Basically a win-win for everyone. Oh, except nature. The motto of of the project was “leave your footprint” and I guess they succeeded that. But whatever happened to “leave no trace”? 150 years ago there were 30,386,208 acres of prairie. Today there are 35,748. The prairie portion of ICNC (both sides of Bena Brook) was approximately 35 acres. What that means is that the ICNC, steward of one of the rare parcels of a vanishing habitat, put in a giant parking lot and "nature center" on 12 acres in the dead center. That's .1% of the prairie destroyed, if you're keeping count. But hell, who wouldn't want THIS on their prairie? Well, I guess monarchs wouldn't. Or bluebirds. Or coyotes. Or the the hundreds of other plants and birds and bugs and creatures that used to call it home. But it's State of the Art. It's NET ZERO baby. C'mon darling, let's go get a pumpkin spice latte. The Hummer is warming at the curb.
  • Less than 5% of Iowa's original prairie lands remain, and the Indian Creek Nature Center had about 10% of that. You could walk into a sea of grass, stand at its center and be transported back to the land as it was. A magical experience I enjoyed for years, and the careful stewardship of such a precious resource did the community credit. But no more. A giant, ugly building now squats in the center of it. The building's design has no historical or architectural significance to the region and sticks out like a neon sign. Construction devastated the delicate plain and made it resemble a WWI battlefield for almost a year. Now that it has somewhat recovered, it resembles a shopping mall. Car traffic, machine noise, people. It's an obscenity. The point of a nature center is not to defile it with an expensive project (that incidentally was contracted to affiliates of the board members, throwing the shade of backroom dealing on the whole thing). The point of a nature center is to enjoy what nature remains. This is like going to a bird sanctuary, killing all the birds and turning them into taxidermy, then hanging them from wires against a painted sky. The new "stewards" should be deeply ashamed of themselves. I certainly am.
  • This is a very nice place and very well done. I love the natural wood planks that were used to to design the beautiful furniture and and other effects throughout the building. However I did find a few things that ranged between inappropriate and disturbing. I'm wondering why you would put a kids book about "peeing on the floor" in the gift shop? I also noticed that you can attend yoga classes and learn about Buddha here, but there is no mention of the One who created the nature we are all enjoying. Hmm. Just saying.
  • The Maple Syrup Festival is a lot of fun and not to be missed! Also, great programming. The new facility will be AMAZING; can't wait for the fall of 2016 opening!! They have been such great stewards of the land out there, it is wonderful to hike the spaces and use the trails.
  • Excellent group of staff and volunteers working together to create an excellent nature center. And don't believe every review you read, the staff does not leave monofilament line lying around to trap animals, that would most likely be people who come and fish. There are collection containers for mnofilament line, but unfortunately not every one uses those.