Events

Sep
23
Sun
Autumnal Equinox, 1st Day of Autumn.
Sep 23 all-day

Sep 23; Autumnal Equinox, 1st Day of Autumn.

Sep
24
Mon
Full Moon @ Iowa; Times for Cedar Rapids
Sep 24 all-day

A full moon experience in the outdoors can become a treasured memory and inspiration for young and old to connect with the natural world. Whether viewed rising over a wooded bluff or through bare tree limbs, reflected off drifts of snow or ripples on a lake, it can be very unique to experience or photograph.

FULL MOON SCHEDULE 2018:
(Iowa 2018 dates, times at Cedar Rapids, note CST or CDT times.)
Jan 1, Monday, Sunrise 7:35, Sunset 4:46, Moonrise 4:44 CST (Supermoon)
Jan 31, Wednesday, Sunrise 7:20, Sunset 5:20, Moonrise 5:47 CST (Supermoon)
Mar 1, Thursday, Sunrise 6:42, Sunset 5:57, Moonrise 5:46 CST
Mar 31, Saturday, Sunrise 6:51, Sunset 7:31, Moonrise 7:52 CDT
Apr 29, Sunday, Sunrise 6:05, Sunset 8:03, Moonrise 7:47 CDT
May 29, Tuesday, Sunrise 5:35, Sunset 8:33, Moonrise 8:39 CDT
Jun 28, Thursday, Sunrise 5:34, Sunset 8:46, Moonrise 9:11 CDT
Jul 27, Friday, Sunrise 5:55, Sunset 8:30, Moonrise 8:34 CDT
Aug 26, Sunday, Sunrise 6:26, Sunset 7:50, Moonrise 8:15 CDT
Sep 24, Monday, Sunrise 6:56, Sunset 7:00, Moonrise 7:14 CDT
Oct 24, Wednesday, Sunrise 7:30, Sunset 6:11, Moonrise 6:41 CDT
Nov 22, Thursday, Sunrise 7:05, Sunset 4:40, Moonrise 4:46 CST
Dec 22, Saturday, Sunrise 7:32, Sunset 4:39, Moonrise 4:57 CST

Level 1/Base River Restoration Toolbox Training, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls @ CEEE Building, University of Northern Iowa
Sep 24 – Sep 27 all-day

Sep 24-27; Level 1/Base River Restoration Toolbox Training, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, University of Northern Iowa CEEE Building, Cedar Falls. (Will also be offered Oct 8-11, 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

http://iowarivers.org/river-restoration-toolbox-level-1-base-training-is-open-for-registration/

Sep
27
Thu
Iowa Environmental Council Annual Conference, Des Moines @ Holiday Inn Des Moines - Airport
Sep 27 all-day

Sep 27; IEC Annual Conference “Environmental Justice: An Iowa Value,” Des Moines. Keynote Presentation “Opportunity in Iowa: Equity & Inclusion in Environmental Projects” will feature Emily Rhodes of the Delta Institute. Environmental threats to land, water, and climate are more likely to impact low income, minority, and tribal populations. Renowned and engaged speakers will tackle thorny issues such as economic impacts from environmental efforts, engaging resistant communities in understanding climate change impacts, food scarcity and food waste diversion, sparking energy policy that protects under-served populations, balancing economic development with natural landscapes, and more. Re-imagine a just environmental law and policy platform in Iowa by attending this event that ensure the work we do as individuals, businesses, and organizations is bringing everyone to the table. Join us for this critical conversation to improve Iowa’s environment for all. More info & registration at

https://www.iaenvironment.org/get-involved/council-events/annual-conference/default.aspx

Sep
29
Sat
“18th Annual Upper Iowa River Clean Up,” Chimney Rock Campground, NW of Decorah @ Chimney Rock Campground
Sep 29 all-day

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/

“Cedar River Ramble,” Float in Muscatine & Louisa Counties, @ Cedar River Section TBD
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.howard@ia.nacdnet.net or 563-263-7944 ext 3. Sponsored by Muscatine Soil & Water Conservation District, Nature Conservancy in Iowa, & Louisa County Conservation.

Oct
6
Sat
“Fall Leaf Kayak & Canoe Float” on Wapsi, Linn CCB, Pinicon Ridge Park, Central City @ Pinicon Ridge Park
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am

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

Oct
8
Mon
Level 1/Base River Restoration Toolbox Training, Clive Aquatics Center, Clive, IA @ Clive Aquatics Center
Oct 8 – Oct 11 all-day

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

http://iowarivers.org/river-restoration-toolbox-level-1-base-training-is-open-for-registration/

Meteor Shower — Draconids @ All Iowa
Oct 8 all-day

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
Fri
Iowa Trails Summit Returns! Panora, IA @ Lake Panorama National Golf Course
Oct 12 all-day
Iowa Trails Summit Returns!  Panora, IA @ Lake Panorama National Golf Course | Panora | Iowa | United States

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.