Indian Creek Nature Center

Indian Creek Nature Center

As part of our 2017 local giving initiative, we gave $5,000 to the Indian Creek Nature Center, located 30 miles east of our Iowa headquarters on land that has largely been restored from farmland. (After the initial land purchase in 1996, an army of volunteers ripped out miles of fence line, planted over 3,000 trees, built trails and seeded 20 acres of prairie where crop fields had been.)

The nature center features over 290 acres, 4 miles of trails, year-round public and private educational programs and sustainable living exhibits.

Many of their activities are geared to kids with the purpose as creating "champions of nature" — the next generation of environmental stewards.

Their youth camps, trail walks, field trips and other programs are designed to connect kids to nature early and frequently and help them develop understanding and passion for the natural world. They feel people who are passionate about nature as children will grow into adults who work to protect it.

Indian Creek Nature Center was recently given a 200-acre farm that they are transitioning to a totally organic, community-style farm/garden. They'll use some of it as learning gardens to teach kids about sustainable farming practices — with their harvests donated to local pantries and food banks. Some lots will be used by organizations like Feed Iowa First, food banks that grow food on land provided by churches, businesses and others.

The nature center's commitment to sustainability includes classes in beekeeping and organic growing, rain gardens to control runoff, solar energy, permeable paving, wetland restoration, land preservation and green operational practices.

In addition to our monetary donations, Frontier sends a crew of volunteers to the nature center each Earth Day to help plant, build and clean-up the nature center's land.

We're happy to have Indian Creek Nature Center nearby and proud to support their outstanding programs to help our community explore and appreciate the natural world.

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