Iowa River Friends Annual Meeting & Programs

April 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Hills Elementary School Library
Mel Schlachter

The Iowa River Friends (IRF) Annual Meeting will be held Sat, April 8, at the Hills Elementary School Library in Hills, south of Iowa City. IRF members and the general public are invited. The programs will be especially kid-friendly.

The program at the library will run from 9:30 till noon, with an archaeological/morphological walking tour of nearby River Junction and Stumptown from approx. 1:00-3:30 pm. Box lunches can be purchased in advance to eat enroute to the walking tour.

The morning program will focus on recent advances in this stretch of the Iowa River Water Trail, (Iowa City to the Mississippi) along with the improvements being contemplated. Attendees will be motivated to paddle this section, as they enjoy learning more about the river’s features, natural life, and pre- and post-settlement history. Presenters will be John Wenck, Iowa DNR Water Trail Coordinator, and Lucas Buscher, research associate for the ISU institute on design, research and outreach.

The afternoon field trip leaders will be Geoarchaeologist Joe Artz and Archaeologist Cherie Haurie-Artz, both associated with the University of Iowa.

There will be a brief Iowa River Friends business meeting after the morning program, to which all are invited. Memberships will be available ($10 and $15) and a spiffy T-shirt can be included for $25.
More information will be coming. Email Cindy Schmidt or Mel Schlachter [] .
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