Events

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Jul
27
Sat
32nd annual Cedar River Festival Group Cleanup @ Island Park in Cedar Falls
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Who’s ready for the cleanup? It’s almost time!

Join us for the 32nd annual Cedar River Festival Group Cleanup

Volunteers will meet Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m., at Island Park in Cedar Falls for a brief meeting and be bused to the launch site C57. We will end at Island Park. Please see “Tickets” to sign up.

Sunday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m. will be the Festival with local live music and craft vendors at Spicoli’s Reverb – Live Music and Bar Arcade.

Check back for specific times for the events! :)

We are so excited to see all of you!

Aug
24
Sat
Clean up the Skunk River With Story County Conservation and Skunk River Paddlers @ McFarland Park
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pre- Register by Thursday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Help keep our rivers clean by joining us for a paddling clean-up event.

Canoes, life jackets (required), and paddles are provided as well as refreshments from the Outdoor Alliance of Story County.

Experienced leaders from the Skunk River Paddlers will guide the way as we hunt for trash and debris while floating along. We’ll enjoy both the camaraderie and satisfaction of a cleanup – even to the point of being “disappointed” if there’s little trash to be found!

 Be prepared to find some larger items such as tires or remnants of old cars. If river levels are low (or if you fill your canoe with garbage!) you may have to drag your boat for a bit. Some paddling experience is preferred. We will do our best to pair paddlers based on experience level.

 Exact departure location will be determined as the event gets closer. Ending time may be earlier or later depending on what we find and the river levels. Must be at least 16 years old. Limited spots available! Please register by 4pm on Thursday, August 22.

 More info and registration: http://cerv.is/m?0342×180

Other things to bring/wear:

  • FULL water bottle (we’ll have extra water)
  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy.
  • Bug spray and sunscreen if desired.
  • Dressing in layers is recommended.
  • Work gloves (we’ll have some extra pairs)

Exact departure location will be determined as the event gets closer. Ending time may be earlier or later depending on what we find and the river levels. Must be at least 16 years old. Limited spots available! Please register by 4pm on Thursday, August 22.

Event Date/Time: Sat, Aug 24, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Volunteers Needed:
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Event Meeting Location: McFarland Park (we will carpool to the river from here)

56461- 180th Street, Ames Iowa 50010

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Event Organizer: Erica Place
eplace@storycountyiowa.gov
515-598-4761

 Erica Place Outreach Coordinator

Story County Conservation

56461 180th St. | Ames, Iowa 50010-9451

P: (515) 598-4761 | E: eplace@storycountyiowa.go

Aug
31
Sat
“Stand Up Paddleboard” Demonstration @ Cold Springs Park, Cass County @ Cold Springs Park- Beach
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding “Stand Up Paddleboard” Demonstration! The public demonstration will be held on Saturday August 31st 9AM & at 10:30AM- Cold Springs Park- Beach FREE!

SUP is the fastest growing sport in the paddling community not only across the country, but especially right here in land-locked areas like Iowa. It’s fun, healthy as a total body work-out and offers a unique perspective when it comes to being on the water. After a quick demonstration try out the boards for yourself! If you do not bring a life jacket one will be provided to you.

Children must be 16 years or older. Paddler must weigh LESS than 250 LBS.

Our Stand Up Paddleboard programs will be on the last Saturday of every month, Ending after Labor Day Weekend on Saturday September 7th.

August 31st  9AM- 5 Spots 10:30am- 5 Spots  @ Cold Springs Park- Beach

You MUST CALL to get your spot! 712-769-2372 We hope you will join us! Program will be cancelled if there is unsafe weather conditions on the Lake.

57744 Lewis Rd
Lewis, IA 51544

Sep
5
Thu
Central Park Lake Grand Opening @ Central Park Lake
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join  Jones County Conservation for Central Lake’s Grand Opening on:

Thursday, Sept 5 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Activities include:

live music, ribbon cutting at 5:30 at fishing pier, fishing tackle give- a- way, educational booths,  free paddle board and kayak rentals.

Bring your own picnic!

Sep
14
Sat
Iowa River Clean-up, Iowa City @ Iowa River, Sturgis Ferry Boat Ramp to Hills Access
Sep 14 all-day

Sep 14; Iowa River Clean-up, Iowa City, Sturgis Ferry Boat Ramp to Hills Access 

This annual event cleans a 9.5 mile stretch of the Iowa River. Volunteers will paddle the river to gather trash, or help as land volunteers, unloading and sorting garbage and recyclables. Contact carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org or call 319-541-2385. Paddlers may also call Dan Ceynar at 319-321-1755. http://www.iarvcp.org/