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Becoming An Outdoors Woman: Save the Date: May 3-5, 2019

Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop now accepting registrations

Registration is open for spring Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop, May 3-5, originating from the PZAZZ! Convention and Events Center, in Burlington.


While the focus of BOW is primarily for women, the workshop is an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills.”This workshop is all about introducing new participants to the outdoors and building social support networks so skills learned can be applied to other outdoor opportunities throughout the year,” said Rachel Ladd, with the Iowa Departments of Natural Resources.  “It’s an excellent opportunity to try activities under the guidance of our top-notch instructors.”
Workshop courses include wilderness survival, outdoor photography, intro to archery, kayaking basics, orienteering, pistol basics, Dutch oven cooking, kayak fishing, explore bow hunting, backpacking and hiking, intro to fishing, canning, wild game and fish care, boater education and more. Attendees taking intro to fishing, kayak fishing or talking turkey hunt are required to have purchased a valid Iowa license prior to arrival.


A Friday evening auto tour through Heritage Hill National Historic District will highlight many architectural periods and styles in nearly 160 structures in the northern sector of downtown Burlington, and its most famous landmark, Snake Alley.


A Friday night reception, sponsored by Aldo Leopold Pheasants Forever Chapter and Parkside Brewing, will connect Iowa’s wild pheasant population and bees, and pollinators role in the art of brewing.


The cost of the workshop is $330 (single occupancy), $280 (double occupancy), and $250 (no lodging) before March 29. After March 29, registration is $300 and will not include lodging. The fee includes program materials, equipment, lodging and meals. Enrollment is limited to 115 participants. A limited number of $140 scholarships are available.


“Make sure to choose one class for each session, each class will show the number of seats still available and once a class has filled, it will be closed. Attendees will know what sessions they are in at the completion of the registration process,” Ladd said.


Early registration is encouraged as enrollment is limited and workshop spaces and lodging fill quickly.  Go to to download a registration form, select classes and for more information on applying for a scholarship.


The event is being held in partnership with the Greater Burlington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Des Moines County Conservation Board and the Iowa DNR.


For more information, contact Rachel Ladd at 515-729-6037 or

Paddle Sport Expo Dates

South Central Iowa Expo:
Feb 8-9-10: Canoesport Outfitters 23rd Annual Iowa Paddlesport Expo, Indianola. Contact Jeff Holmes and the CSO staff at Details and printable presentation schedule at
Feb 9: Nick’s Pre-Expo Breakfast Rendezvous, 7:30 am at Crouse Cafe 115 E. Salem in Indianola (3 blocks E of CSO). Annual gathering of old & new paddling friends enroute to Iowa Paddlesport Expo. Contact Nick Gaeta
Feb 9: Iowa Whitewater Coalition (IWC) Annual Meeting at CSO Paddlesport Expo in Indianola, 5:00-6:00 pm. Agenda TBD. Open to visitors, but only IWC dues-paying members may vote. More info at
Feb 9: Nick’s Post-Expo Mexican Dinner, 5:30 pm at la Casa Restaurant 508 N Jefferson (Hwy 65) in Indianola. Annual gathering of old & new paddling friends following Saturday session of Iowa Paddle & Pedal Expo. Contact Nick Gaeta by email.
Northeast Iowa Expo:
Feb 23: Indian Creek Nature Center “12th Annual Paddle Day,” in Cedar Rapids. Registration begins at 8:30am. Dr. Jim Pease confirmed as Keynote Speaker. Six break out sessions. Contact Sarah Botkin at Program info, advance ticket sales, directions at

Midwest Expo: 

Mar 8-10: Canoecopia in Madison, WI. Event info at