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
8
Thu
Iowa State Fair, Des Moines @ Iowa State Fairgrounds
Aug 8 – Aug 18 all-day

Aug 8-18; Iowa State Fair, Des Moines.  Visit IDNR Building & Courtyard, with River Programs, Water Trails, & Project Aware displays. Also find inspiration in the Photography Salon exhibit.  http://www.iowastatefair.org/

Aug
19
Mon
Iowa Mussel Blitz on Wapsipinicon River near Central City @ Wapsipinicon River near Central City
Aug 19 – Aug 23 all-day

Aug 19-23; Iowa Mussel Blitz on Wapsipinicon River near Central City. Volunteers are welcome to assist this annual project, with or without mussel experience. Contact Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist Scott Gritters  scott.gritters@dnr.iowa.gov

Aug
24
Sat
Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters @ 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park
Aug 24 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

This brief tour introduces those with no experience to the fun of kayaking in either single or tandem sea kayaks. Our instructors will teach you how to land and launch your kayak properly, how to apply basic strokes to maneuver your kayak, and provide coaching as needed to paddle your kayak effectively. Our trip will meander along the shoreline of Elk Rock State Park to view the high sandstone cliffs and if time permits learn a little about the geology of the area, discover a few historical facts, and see a variety of wildlife.

Experience Level 

None! No previous kayaking experience is required for this trip. It is a great tour for beginning and novice paddlers. Please be aware that participating in any kayak trip includes the possibility of tipping and getting wet.

What To Bring

All you need to bring along is your lunch, plenty to drink, and a change of dry clothes. We’ll provide everything else.

Itinerary 

Everyone should meet at the restrooms at the top of the hill just inside the parking lot at the Elk Rock State Park Boat Ramp. The trip will start at the kayak launch halfway down the ramp and to the left. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the trip.

Start by getting sized for a paddle, PFD, and a kayak.  Next, we’ll introduce you to some basic paddling concepts, discuss safety issues, and then get you on the water.

When everyone is comfortable the tour will move east to explore the shores and cliffs. Along the way, you’ll make stops at points of interest to view fossils, explore a cave, and learn about the geology of the lake. The last stop will incorporate a quick lunch and then the tour will continue back to the boat ramp.

Trip Includes: 

Kayak, Personal Flotation Device (Lifejacket), paddle, instruction, and guidance along the route.

Price: $64.20 (includes all gear)

Directions Eco Tour: Meet at the 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park. There will be a pit toilet and parking lot overlooking the lake. Meet in this parking lot and we will carpool to put-in.

Contact info:

203 W. Salem Ave.

Indianola, IA 50125

Store Tel: 515-961-6117

Toll Free: 1-800-257-6080

info@canoesportoutfitters.com

https://www.canoesportoutfitters.com

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:
14   
Event Meeting Location: McFarland Park (we will carpool to the river from here)

56461- 180th Street, Ames Iowa 50010

 View Location Map

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/

Sep
18
Wed
Arthur Carhart Birthday, 1892 r
Sep 18 all-day

Sep 18; Arthur Carhart, Sep 18, 1892-Nov 27, 1978. Born in Mapleton, IA. Pioneering advocate of the Wilderness Concept, inspiration for the “Conservation Library” and the “Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.”

Sep
22
Sun
Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters @ 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

This brief tour introduces those with no experience to the fun of kayaking in either single or tandem sea kayaks. Our instructors will teach you how to land and launch your kayak properly, how to apply basic strokes to maneuver your kayak, and provide coaching as needed to paddle your kayak effectively. Our trip will meander along the shoreline of Elk Rock State Park to view the high sandstone cliffs and if time permits learn a little about the geology of the area, discover a few historical facts, and see a variety of wildlife.

Experience Level 

None! No previous kayaking experience is required for this trip. It is a great tour for beginning and novice paddlers. Please be aware that participating in any kayak trip includes the possibility of tipping and getting wet.

What To Bring

All you need to bring along is your lunch, plenty to drink, and a change of dry clothes. We’ll provide everything else.

Itinerary 

Everyone should meet at the restrooms at the top of the hill just inside the parking lot at the Elk Rock State Park Boat Ramp. The trip will start at the kayak launch halfway down the ramp and to the left. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the trip.

Start by getting sized for a paddle, PFD, and a kayak.  Next, we’ll introduce you to some basic paddling concepts, discuss safety issues, and then get you on the water.

When everyone is comfortable the tour will move east to explore the shores and cliffs. Along the way, you’ll make stops at points of interest to view fossils, explore a cave, and learn about the geology of the lake. The last stop will incorporate a quick lunch and then the tour will continue back to the boat ramp.

Trip Includes: 

Kayak, Personal Flotation Device (Lifejacket), paddle, instruction, and guidance along the route.

Price: $64.20 (includes all gear)

Directions Eco Tour: Meet at the 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park. There will be a pit toilet and parking lot overlooking the lake. Meet in this parking lot and we will carpool to put-in.

Contact info:

203 W. Salem Ave.

Indianola, IA 50125

Store Tel: 515-961-6117

Toll Free: 1-800-257-6080

info@canoesportoutfitters.com

https://www.canoesportoutfitters.com