Pumpkin Time

Join us for some free play at the Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty! Lots to explore:

Come enjoy ‘a little country…in the city’
at our pumpkin patch located in the heart of Eastern Iowa!
You can hunt for that perfect pumpkin, find some great fall decor, enjoy a hayrack ride, play in the Lil’ Pumpkin Playground, or try your directional skills in our 5 acre corn maze!

We’ll be there on Saturday, October 17 from 2 to 5 pm. Check the website for details.


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Coding and LEGO Robotics at Sylvan Learning Center

The generous educators at the Coralville Sylvan Learning Center have invited us to come and learn about coding and LEGO robotics the evening of Wednesday, June 3. Depending upon our chapter’s interest, the skills introduced in this class may culminate in a Technology Achievement patch. More info available in our Facebook group. If you’d like to join us, please RSVP so that we can be sure there is enough equipment for everyone to participate.

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Bike to Work and School

Our May topic is Bike Safety. There are numerous events happening in the Iowa City area in which we can learn about and celebrate this healthy, energy-efficient mode of transportation.

Our usual meeting time happens to correspond with the Co-op to Co-op family bike ride so we will be doing that instead of a regular meeting this month.

The wonderful bike educators and advocates at Think Bicycles want to be sure that everyone knows that the various bike rodeos that take place at schools in the area in April/May are open to the public. You don’t have to attend that particular school in order to take part in the bike rodeo.

More information from the Think Bicycles website:

In cooperation with Bicyclists of Iowa City, 12 schools in the area will host bike rodeos organized by parents and teachers. Bicyclists of Iowa City provides expertise, sells helmets, offers bike repair stations and donates $50 to each school for expenses and raffle prizes. Low-income students are eligible to receive a free helmet. Children from throughout the area are invited to participate. Co-sponsors include: UIHC Children’s Safety Program, AAA, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and area bike shops. Contact Bob Oppliger at (319) 338-4011 for more information.

Schools hosting rodeos include:

Coralville Central May 12 6-7:30 pm
Hoover May 6 3:30-5 pm
Horn May 7 5-6:30 pm
Kirkwood April 16 3-4 pm
Lemme May 8 4-5 Ppm
Lincoln April 30 3-4 pm
Longfellow May 7 2:30-4 pm
Mann May 16 11-12:30 pm
Regina May 3 4-5 pm
Twain May 21 6-730 pm
Van Allen May 14 5:30-7 pm

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Spring Update

The co-leaders of our chapter make up 50% of an actively performing Irish band and so our springs are often rather hectic due to St. Paddy’s season. We were still keeping active as a chapter but were not conscientious about updating the website. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Meeting: an awesome information scavenger hunt at the Coralville Library put on by their wonderful children’s department.

Outing: the Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo put on by the Army Corps of Engineers. The favorite part of this event was naturalist Mike Havlik’s presentation “Big Owls Hoot and Little Owls Toot”.

Meeting: special focus on the achievement worksheets that we are developing for our chapter.

Outing: Tracks and Trails with Take A Kid Outdoors at the Tom Harkin Trailhead.

Meeting: a presentation on geocaching by one of the wonderful families in our chapter.

Outing: Brown Bag Lunch and Outdoor Exploration at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. We hiked about half of the trail together and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the playground.

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Strengthen Your Body

Our theme for the month, from our moral compass, is strengthen your body. We had a wonderful introduction to the Olympic sport of fencing from Judy O’Donnell of the Iowa City Fencing Center. Judy is a fantastic teacher and coach and we had a great time.


Thank you to Heather for the awesome photos of our fencing experience.

One of our recent outings was an ice fishing clinic sponsored by Take a Kid Outdoors.




We didn’t catch any fish but we learned a lot and won some cool prizes. We can’t say enough great things about Take a Kid Outdoors!


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Pen Pals

There are more than 90 chapters of Navigators USA in the United States, two in England (and more pending), and one in Uganda. Our scouts are really interested in connecting with some other Navigators as pen pals.

At our meeting last night, we made pen pal kits and wrote some introductory letters. I have eight letters here on my desk ready to be delivered to some other Navigators in other US states and abroad! Grateful thanks to all of the Navigator parents that brought various materials to share in compiling our pen pal kits. We were working so hard that we forgot to have our snack!

Coming up, we have opportunities including ice fishing, building an igloo, an introduction to fencing, and a nighttime conservation hike on the topic of owls. Please see our ‘upcoming‘ page for more information.

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Operation Gratitude

Chapter 56, Navigators USA is donating 10.5 lbs of Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude which will then send care packages to U.S Military deployed overseas.

Eastern Iowa friends: if you have any leftover Halloween candy that you’d like us to send, get it touch with me here.

We’re sending our box on Monday, November 10 so I’ll need your donations by Sunday at the latest.

Operation Gratitude also accepts donations of other items to add to the care packages. Here’s their wishlist.

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