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Sep 29; “18th Annual Upper Iowa River Clean Up,” Chimney Rock Campground, NW of Decorah
Veteran and new volunteers will hit the water to help maintain the beauty of this classic stretch of the Upper Iowa River. This annual cleanup is sponsored by Chimney Rock Campground, and Supported by local merchants. Enjoy a free breakfast at 8:00 am, receive trip assignments at 9:00 am, free canoes & transport at 10:00 am. A free sack lunch will be provided. Celebrate the day with a Pot Luck Dinner at 6:00 pm, with door prizes from local businesses. RSVP to Deb at 563-735-5786 or just show up at Chimney Rock Campground, 3312 Chimney Rock Rd between 8:00 and 9:00 am. Directions at http://www.chimneyrocks.com/
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO HIGH WATER LEVELS
CONTACT ORGANIZERS RE OPPORTUNITIES TO PADDLE AREA LAKES
Sep 29; “Cedar River Ramble,” Muscatine & Louisa Counties, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Explore the diversity along the Cedar River on this leisurely paddle. Shuttle provided, bring your lunch, small fee, space limited. Contact Holly Howard at Holly.firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-263-7944 ext 3. Sponsored by Muscatine Soil & Water Conservation District, Nature Conservancy in Iowa, & Louisa County Conservation.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO HIGH WATER LEVELS & MUDDY ACCESSES
Oct 6; “Fall Leaf Kayak & Canoe Float” on Wapsi, Linn CCB, Pinicon Ridge Park, Central City. Join Linn CCB Naturalist Chuck Ungs and others on a scenic float of the Wapsipinicon River. The float is scheduled near the peak of fall leaf color to offer great views of the river & surrounding forest. Chuck will share information on leaves while paddling, including how & why they change colors & drop. Enjoy unique views of Pinicon Ridge Park as well as the Mary Lundby Bridge from the Wapsi, and a chance to view a wide variety of wildlife from the river. Participants are responsible for their own boats, gear & lifejackets. Pack water, lunch & snacks, & dress for the weather – water can be cold by this point so dress in synthetic materials. Registration deadline is Oct 4, but the cost is free. Register & learn more at 319-892-6485. Read about Linn CCB events at https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Linn/Events.aspx
Soko Outfitters will host the grand opening of its store in the historic Czech Village of Cedar Rapids from 11:00 am-6:00 pm on Sunday, Oct 7. The four local owners of this new retail shop invite you to stop in, check out the extensive selection of outdoor gear and clothing, sign up for gear giveaways and vendor swag, try free climbing on their climbing wall, and enjoy entertainment by a DJ from 11-2 and a band from 2-6.
Soko Outfitters will be expanding its offerings of paddling gear, and starting a kayak and paddle board rental service in spring 2019. They are also hosting guided trips for hiking, biking and kayaking locally and across the US.
Soko Outfitters is located at the west end of the 16th Avenue Bridge, known locally as the “Lions Bridge.” The store is across the street from the proposed kayak beach, part of the redevelopment of greenway areas and flood control along the west side of the Cedar River.
Visit Soko Outfitters at 41 16th Avenue, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: (319) 200-4848
More info at http://sokooutfitters.com/
Oct 8-11; Level 1/Base River Restoration Toolbox Training, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, at Clive Aquatics Center, Clive IA. Iowa Rivers Revival is partnering with the Iowa Storm Water Education Partnership, the State Revolving Fund, the Iowa DNR, & Stantec to offer these two workshops, encouraging practical applications of best management practices in the “Toolbox.” Projects such as dam removals and mitigations, bank stabilizations, and installation of riparian buffers have been shown to improve the health of aquatic life and increase fish populations, benefit wildlife, reduce flood damage, protect agricultural land, increase recreational opportunities and make them safer and more enjoyable, and bring economic benefits to nearby communities.
Classes are limited to 24 participants per class. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2 to be offered in 2019.
More info, training agenda, and registration at
Jan 3-4; Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peaks. Above average shower, peaks at 40 meteors/hour.
Apr 22-23; Lyrids Meteor Shower Peaks. Average shower, peaks at 20 meteors/hour.
May 6-7; Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks. Above average shower, peaking at 60 meteors/hour.
Jul 28-29; Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks. Average shower peaks at 20 meteors/hour.
Aug 12-13; Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks. One of the best to observe, peaks at 60 meteors/hour, spans Jul 17-Aug 24.
Oct 8; Draconids Meteor Shower. Minor shower, peaks at only 10/hour.
Oct 21-22; Orionids Meteor Shower. Average shower, peaks at 20 meteors /hour.
Nov 5-6; Taurids Meteor Shower. Minor shower (5-10/hour) but long-running (Sep-Dec).
Nov 17-18; Leonids Meteor Shower Peaks. Average shower, peaks at 15 meteors/hour.
Dec 13-14; Geminids Meteor Shower Peaks. King of the meteor showers, up to 120 multicolored meteors/hour. Runs Dec 7-17, first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving dark skies for an excellent early morning show.
Dec 21-22; Ursids Meteor Shower Peaks. Minor meteor shower, peaks at 5-10 meteors/hour.
Oct 12; Iowa Trails Summit, Panora, IA
The Iowa Trails Summit has been revived for 2018! Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Trees Forever and Golden Hills RC&D have partnered to bring back this conference to unite professional and volunteer trail builders and advocates for a collaborative learning experience. The Summit will be held at Lake Panorama National Golf Course, 5071 Clover Ridge Road, Panora, IA 50216 on Friday, Oct 12.
The Iowa Trails Summit is a conference for professional and volunteer trail advocates to unite through a collaborative learning experience–a crash course in developing multi-use trails for our communities. Regional trail experts will dig into topics such as corridor acquisition and easements, engineering and construction, grants and funding, maintenance, marketing and promotion, trail enhancements and volunteer retention. There will be something for trails in all phases of development.
The Summit will open with trail stories from attendees and facilitators — setting the stage for breakout sessions focused on those who want a trail and those who have a trail — and wrap up with a comprehensive vision for the future of trails in Iowa: creating, maintaining, promoting and growing Iowa as the Trails Capital of the World. Join us to see how you can play a part in making Iowa the World Capital of Trails!
Included with registration is an optional Thursday night bike ride and reception. Ride the Raccoon River Valley Trail from to Redfield and Hanging Rock before returning to the Resort and evening Networking Reception starting at 7:00 pm.
More info and registration at https://www.iowatrailssummit.com/ Contact Lance or Becca at Golden Hills RC&D 712-482-3029.
Oct 13-14; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. Free tours of historic 1860’s Motor Mill, related buildings, and town site, Noon-5:00 pm on scheduled weekends, group tours by appointment. Consider combining the tour with a paddle on the beautiful Turkey River Water Trail. Motor Mill Historic Site, Galaxy Road, Elkader; call: 563-245-1516 or visit: http://motormill.org/ Find Turkey River WT info at http://www.turkeyrivercorridor.com/trails/water-trails/ Last scheduled free tour dates of 2018: Oct 13-14.
Oct 20; Jones CCB Fall Colors & Archaeology Paddle. Put-in at 10:00 am at Olin, ends at Jungletown River Access. Enjoy the fall colors and good company, and celebrate International Archaeology Day with a short presentation during a sandbar lunch break. Bring your own lunch and snacks. Limited number of canoes and equipment available. Pre-register by emailing email@example.com
Join the Jones County Conservation Department Staff as we enjoy the sights, sounds, and colors of fall on the beautiful Wapsipinicon River. We’ll put-in near Olin, Iowa and travel downriver 6.1 miles to our take-out at the Jungletown River Access. Explore the heavily wooded and secluded twists and turns of the Wapsipinicon River passing scenic bluffs before stopping on a sandbar to eat a snack/lunch and learn some interesting historical and archaeological gems. Don’t miss your chance to catch a glimpse of bald eagles, river otter, wood ducks, great blue heron, and the vibrant colors of autumn on the river! Participants will need to bring a kayak or canoe and paddles, dry bag, extra clothing, safety gear, and food/snacks. Participants will need to pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 PM on Thursday, October 18th. Fall paddling can be challenging due to water temperature and weather conditions and are recommended for experienced paddlers. A limited number of canoes and equipment will be available for participant use – please inquire upon registering, if needed.
Oct 21; Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling Birthday, Oct 21, 1876-Feb 12, 1962. Darling was born in Michigan, but the family moved to Sioux City in 1886. He was a reporter & cartoonist for newspapers in Iowa & New York, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1924 & 1943. Darling became a state & national figure in the conservation movement. Iowa’s Lake Darling State Park bears his name.