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Indian Creek Nature Center receives largest donation in organization's history

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Indian Creek Nature Center received 192 acres of land near Alburnett, the largest donation of land in the organizations' history. 

The 192 acres of land was donated by the Etzel family.

The property consists of timber, pasture and farmland and is a fourth-generation local family farm that has been in the Etzel family since 1888. The Etzel family land is valued at more than $1 million.

The decision to donate the land to the Indian Creek Nature Center was prompted by the organization's longstanding history of land protection and fiscal responsibility. The family's donation is intended to ensure the protection of the property for generations to come. 

The donation consists of three different land tracts each of which is located near the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Linn County. 

Etzel Sugar Grove Farm
A working farm, this property includes pasture, timber, and farm ground. The timber consists of a maple grove where ICNC intends to harvest sap to increase its annual maple syrup production.
6665 Otis Road SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
(319) 362-0664
Throughout the pasture and woodlands, natural springs are interspersed among 100+ year old trees.
Remnants of an old stage coach road are still visible as well.

Lafayette Mill
The Lafayette Mill property is registered on the National Historic Registry, as remnants of one of
the first saw and grain mills in Linn County resides there. Otter Creek flows year-round through
these grounds.

George Etzel Woods
Thirty-nine acres of dense woodlands characterize this land. Prime habitat for deer, turkey, and fox,
keeping this land natural will continue to support the ecological health of the property and
surrounding land.
The Etzel family has also established the “Etzel Sugar Grove Farm Endowed Fund” at the Greater
Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, with distributions to pay for the property’s ongoing

This donation brings Indian Creek Nature Center's total land ownership and management to 482 acres, all in Eastern Iowa. 

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