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August, 2015  
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Aug 13-23 Iowa State Fair, Aug 15 Paddling Theme Day
Aug 14 TAKO Needs Your Help to "Seize the Carp!" in Coralville
Aug 15 Inaugural PaddleFest Poker Run in Cedar Falls/Waterloo
Aug 15 Floatzilla in Quad Cities
Aug 18-20 Mussel Blitz Schedule Change
Aug 22 & 23 Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT
Aug 25-26 IDNR Canoe School Session
Aug 29 Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon Recruiting Volunteers
Sep 9 VA TEE Tournament Vets Paddle Challenged to Recruit More Volunteers, Boats, Gear
Sep 12 Annual Iowa River Cleanup, Sturgis to Hills
Key Dates & Details Announced for Statewide & Midwest Events
Quick Look At the Weeks Ahead
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You can choose from several WT-related events and activities this weekend, plus more over the next few weeks an into the fall. Yes, fall is coming, so get out and make the most of our Iowa Water Trails.

 

Please note that changes have been made in the Aug 18--20  Mussel Blitz schedule.


And a reminder that the annual VA TEE Tournament Vets Paddle needs volunteers, recreational kayaks, and gear for the Sep 9 event at Riverside.

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We regret to inform you that Iowa is losing one of its few independent paddling shops. Seatasea Watersports in Cedar Rapids, owned by Ken and Danette Kremer, is in the process of selling off its inventory of paddling, triathlon, and SCUBA gear, and will close its doors by September 5. Ken and Danette have been very supportive of the local paddling community, including the ICNC Paddle Day, Vets Paddle, Sticks In the Water, and IWTA, and their presence will be missed.  Best wishes to them on future endeavors.

 

As always -- Please be careful out there!

Remember to wear your PFD, paddle with others, know your capabilities, and file a float plan. 


We do our best to include all corrections, cancellations, and reschedules ASAP in our newsletters and other materials, but the most current info on events will probably always be the Events Calendar on the IWTA Website. Please contact us with your further additions or corrections:

iowawta@gmail.com

 

Aug 13-23; Iowa State Fair, 

IDNR River Programs, WT Exhibits & Events

Aug 15; Paddling Theme Day at IDNR Courtyard

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The DNR Iowa Rivers Program will have a static display for the 2015 Iowa State Fair, so no booth volunteers will be needed this year.  

 

But, at least 4 volunteers will be needed for the Paddling Theme Day on Saturday, August 15 in the DNR Courtyard. Outreach Coordinator Todd Robertson is organizing 4 or 5 "stations" with themes such as canoe or kayak nomenclature, SUP, useful knots, paddling safety, etc. Volunteers will receive day passes to the Fair.

 

If interested, contact Todd at 515-979-9538 Cell or email todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov

  

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Aug 14-15; TAKO Needs Your Help to "Seize the Carp!" in Coralville

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Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) is seeking individuals and organizations to help, present, host, exhibit, or sponsor during a planned Aug 14-15 event at Iowa River Landing in Coralville.  

 

Dubbed "Seize the Carp!," the event is intended to introduce (or re-introduce) folks to a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, fly fishing, bow fishing, spear fishing, native & invasive species identification, canoeing, kayaking, outdoor cooking, river cleanups, slack-lining, rock climbing, environmental art, foraging, bird watching, star-gazing, and ??? "Seize the Carp" will also include a recycled kayak construction & race competition. 

 

Visit www.takeakidoutdoors.org  or contact Judith Joyce, email earthview01gmail.com or phone 319-358-2542.

 

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Aug 15; Inaugural PaddleFest Poker Run in Cedar Falls/Waterloo 

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The Aug 15 inaugural PaddleFest Poker Run on the Cedar River in Cedar Falls/Waterloo will be held from Noon to 4:00 pm, beginning at Washington Park (Cedar Falls Access)

End of East 9th St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Cedar Valley Paddlers announced that proceeds will benefit Hartman Reserve Nature Center, the new partner for the event.

 

Paddle through Cedar Falls and Waterloo to gain playing cards and create the best poker hand. Each stop will feature an educational piece. Prizes will go to best hand, worst hand, and best costume! Food and camaraderie will follow at the Waterloo Boat House.

 

Signed liability forms and life jackets are required.  Cost: $20 person before Aug. 1st. After Aug. 1st, cost goes up to $25 per person. Additional hands are available for $5. Cost includes: PaddleFest Bandana, Iowa DNR mesh litter bags, food and prizes!  Poker hands are also available to non-paddlers. Card trading is not allowed. There are no refunds!

Weather Policy: The Poker Run is a rain or shine event! In the event of severe weather (i.e. lightning), the start time will remain the same but no boats will go in the water. Instead, we will venture to the Waterloo Boat House to enjoy free food and complete the poker drawing!

Sponsors include: Iowa DNR, Iowa Water Trails, Cedar Valley Paddlers Club, Walleye Club, Impact Outdoors, Black Hawk County Conservation Board, and Hartman Reserve Nature Center

 

Volunteers willing to help with this event are asked to contact Pam Wolter, Cedar Valley Paddlers Club, PaddleFest Poker Run Committee, cell: 319-231-0541, or email cedarvalleypaddlers@gmail.com

All volunteers will receive a cool bandanna and event packet. 

 

Find event Info and registration at http://www.mycountyparks.com/county/Black-Hawk/Park/Hartman-Reserve-Nature-Center/Events/7365/PaddleFest-Poker-Run.aspx
or by calling 319-277-2187.

Aug 15; 6th Annual Floatzilla in Quad Cities

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Organizers invite paddlers to join them in the Quad Cities on Saturday, August 15 to participate in this annual event to set a world record, promote paddling on our rivers, and host the largest gathering of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards on the Upper Mississippi River. The event includes floats, training sessions, food, live music, T-shirts, & world record attempt for largest flotilla of kayaks & canoes;


Registration includes one Floatzilla t-shirt, commemorative boat sticker, registration wrist band, free parking, and free shuttle to and from off-site parking for "floats." T-shirts and boat decals are subject to availability for those who register late.

Aug 18-20; Mussel Blitz Schedule Change!
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Update from Scott Gritters, IDNR Fisheries Biologist:

We are going to do a schedule change!    Again stay flexible but conditions are looking good!   Also please forward to anyone who I do not have on the email list.   
 
We are changing schedules to greatly reduce risk of contaminating the Wapsipinicon River with aquatic nuisance species which we may bring ourselves!    More on ANS contamination issues in next address later this week.  I will also confirm later this week the schedule and I will send out waivers for all the volunteers, plus exact meeting places.
 
So, new schedule:
 
Tuesday, August 18th.   Wakpicada Park, Linn County.    We found Higgins eye reproduction here two years ago.    Now going to hone in on the spots we did the best and run through a lot of quadrates!    http://www.mycountyparks.com/county/Linn/Park/Wakpicada-Natural-Area.aspx
 
Wednesday, August 19th.  Mississippi River Pool 15, at Eagle Landing.  River Mile 490.5... Expect to see a lot of species diversity here.   Maybe up to 25 species????     (Between Bettendorf and Le Claire)
 
Thursday, August 20th.   Mississippi River, Pool 14 at Albany Slough.   River Mile 514....    Information will be used for a habitat restoration project.   
 
Other notes:
  • Here is the link for the Iowa Public Televisions Iowa Outdoors segment 504 which includes the Iowa Mussel Blitz.   You can watch it on-line!  http://site.iptv.org/iowaoutdoors
 

Aug 22 & 23; Free Tours of Motor Mill, Turkey River WT 

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Photo of iconic Motor Mill by Larry Stone.

Enjoy these opportunities to combine a paddle on the beautiful Turkey River WT with a tour of the historic 1860's Motor Mill, related buildings, and town site. Free tours are available Noon - 5:00 pm on scheduled weekends during May-September, or group tours by appointment. Scheduled open weekends for 2015 are listed on the website. Motor Mill Historic Site is located on Galaxy Road, Elkader, IA 52043. For more information about Motor Mill or the tours, call: 563-245-1516 or visit: www.motormill.org

 

Paddling Elkader (Access 39B) to Motor Mill (Access 32)

Visitors are drawn to Elkader's unique history, eclectic shops, ethnic restaurants, performances at the Elkader Opera House, campgrounds, B&Bs, and multi-use trails. This 6.5 mile scenic Water Trail section of river is accessed from historic downtown Elkader (#39B), below the dam. The river is relatively straight until you pass the mouth of Robert's Creek, where it begins to meander between the wooded bluffs of a narrow valley, offering occasional riffles. Rounding a bend, you will encounter the iconic stone Motor Mill. Takeout #32 will be just past the mill, on your left. Beyond the Motor Mill Access, the next take-out point is 12.4 miles downstream at Garber (#20). Find more info about the Turkey River WT, order hard-copy maps, or download pdf maps at:  http://northeastiowarcd.org/publications/water-trail-maps-guides/


Aug 25-26; IDNR Canoe School--Only Two Sessions Remain for 2015

Canoe School Boone River by Todd Robertson
Canoe School Participants Navigating Rapids
on the Boone River.     Photo by Todd Robertson

From Todd Robertson, IDNR River Programs Outreach Coordinator:

 

"The Iowa DNR 2-day Canoe/Kayak School courses are a great way to improve skills for people who help get others out on the water. You are expected to have some previous experience, but not expertise. The intent is to increase safety, lower stress, have fun, and pay knowledge forward, based on American Canoe Association instructional foundations. Time is divided between some classroom and hands-on experience on a lake environment and then a river.

 

"Participants from past schools rated the training extremely helpful. They were also surprised by how much there was to learn and how intensive this course is. The the two-day classes will be held along the Boone River at Briggs Woods, in Hamilton County. These classes will fill up fast."

 

Details about course content, accommodations, gear to bring, & registration forms for all classes: 

http://www.iowadnr.gov/Recreation/CanoeingKayaking/PaddlerResources/InstructionSafety.aspx 

For any questions, contact Todd Robertson at 515-979-9538 or 515-725-2960 or email: todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov

 

Aug 25-26; IDNR Canoe School for Naturalists & Trip Leaders.  Briggs Woods Park, Boone River. Focus on skills, hazard ID, teaching & learning styles, risk management.  Two days, for canoes only, ACA instructors, $25, limited space, preregistration required. 

Sep 14-15; IDNR Canoe School for Naturalists & Trip Leaders.  Briggs Woods Park, Boone River. Focus on skills, hazard ID, teaching & learning styles, risk management.  Two days, for canoes only, ACA instructors, $25, limited space, preregistration required. 

 

Aug 29; Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon in Waverly

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Are you looking for a way to get involved with a fun and exciting adventure race, but without breaking a sweat? There are many opportunities to lend a hand at the Aug 29 Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon.


This fun, challenging race combines a 4.6 mile paddle, 3.4 mile trail run, and finishes with a 7.0 mile mountain bike ride. It will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, Aug 29, starting at Brookwood Park in Waverly. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of Ingawanis Woodland.

Volunteer opportunities include timers, kayak start help, kayak safety crew, kayak sweep, kayak transition (helping people in or out of kayaks), kayak hauling & transporting in Scout Camp, run course helpers, creek crossing assistants, bike transition help, bike course helpers, food & beverage, first aid. If interested in volunteering, please contact Darrin Siefken at 319-352-9129 or email  info@crawdaddyoutdoors.com

 

Event info and registration at http://crawdaddyoutdoors.com/event/rugged-toad-adventure-triathlon-2015/

 

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Sep 9; VA TEE Tournament Vets Paddle Lost Major Source of Boats & Gear--Will Need More Volunteers, Boats & Gear

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Blind veteran receiving basic instruction and foot peg adjustments.

Organizers have just learned that Seatasea Watersports will not be able to provide boats, paddles, and PFDs for this year's VA Vets Paddle, so they will need to recruit even more volunteers, borrowed boats, and gear.

 

This year's Vets Paddle will be held from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm on Wednesday, September 9, at the sand pit across Hwy 22 from Riverside Casino, Riverside, IA. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Gregg Stark in advance at greggpeggystark@yahoo.com. More info about the TEE Tournament can be found at: http://www1,.va.gov/opa/speceven/tee/index.asp 


The TEE Tournament provides eligible Veterans with an opportunity to participate in therapeutic adaptive sporting activities which demonstrate that having a visual or physical disability need not be an obstacle to an active, rewarding life. The first TEE Tournament was held in June 1994 in Nauvoo, Illinois, at the Great River Bend Golf Course. The inaugural event drew 36 legally blind Veterans from six Midwestern states. The event was moved to the Iowa City area in 1995 and has been held there ever since. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) endorsed this event in 2008 and it became one of VA's six national rehabilitation programs for Veterans. The event has expanded to include not only Veterans who are legally blind, but also amputees, those who use wheelchairs, and Veterans with other disabilities. For Veterans from coast to coast, this event continues to grow in both level of involvement and popularity each year.

The Vets Paddle is an "alternative activity," (others include bowling and horseback riding) to expand the variety of experiences offered to the participating Veterans beyond golf. The VA introduced paddling in 2009, with equipment contracted from out of state. Beginning in 2010, the event became a totally volunteer effort, combining the resources of Seatasea Watersports and members of the Saukenuk and Sticks In the Water paddler groups. Volunteers are now compromised of paddlers from many parts of Iowa, linked via email, recruiting friends to maintain the "pool."

The TEE Tournament draws approximately 200 veterans, each accompanied by a support person. Participation in the Vets Paddle is limited to 50 Vets, split between morning and afternoon sessions. Volunteers assist with PFD-fitting and launching/recovery on shore, or partner and coach Vets on the water, providing encouragement and a safety presence in both areas. VA medical staff members assist the transport of mobility-impaired individuals, ensure proper hydration, and provide other support as needed.

While cool or wet weather can decrease Vet participation on the day of the event, the goal of organizers is to have approximately 25 volunteers and 50 boats on hand, along with adequate numbers of paddles and PFDs. Experienced paddlers generally prefer narrower touring boats, but the Veterans, who may experience balance issues, generally do better in wider recreation kayaks. The volunteer network has been able to increase the number of borrowed rec boats, often from supportive folks who cannot escape their day jobs on a Wednesday.

 

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Sep 12; Annual Iowa River Cleanup, Sturgis to Hills, Seeking Volunteers on Water & Land

Iowa River Cleanup 2012
Life is about balance.

Volunteers are being sought for the annual Iowa River Cleanup, in which participants in canoes and on riverbanks will haul trash out of a 9.5 mile section from Iowa City to Hills.

 

Volunteers who have their own canoes are invited to register and join the launch at 7:30 am at Sturgis Boat Ferry on South Riverside Drive, just south of Hwy 6 in Iowa City.  A limited number of canoes will also be available to loan to volunteers who register and request a canoe before September 5.

 

Volunteers are also needed to work on land the day of the cleanup, helping to clear trash from riverbanks, offload junk from canoes, and sort collected materials for recycling. Land volunteers should meet at Noon at Hills Access, a rural park on the river, half a miles east of Hills on 520th St.

 

Register at  http://www.iarvcp.org/

 

Event info available via Carol Sweeting carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org or 319-541-2385, or via Dan Ceynar, dlceynar@engineering.uiowa.edu  

Photo courtesy of event organizers.

  

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Key Dates & Details Announced for 2015 Statewide & Midwest Events--Mark Your Calendar

 

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Oct 2; Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) Annual Conference, Des Moines.

Join more than 200 of Iowa's top environmental leaders at the Iowa Environmental Council's 2015 Annual Conference, "Elevate: Creating an Environment of Action," on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Drake University in Des Moines.

This year's conference, which also marks the Council's 20th anniversary, promises to be an informative and engaging day, featuring keynote speaker Chad Pregracke, 2013 CNN Hero of the Year and founder and president of Living Lands and Waters; a nonprofit river cleanup organization. 

Early-bird registration ends September 4: http://iaenvironment.org/conference/2015/register.php

Iowa Tourism Conference LogoMore info about speakers, session topics, exhibitor space, etc. at http://www.iaenvironment.org/ or contact Communications & Outreach Director Katy Heggen at 515-244-1194 x210.

Oct 21-23; Iowa Tourism Conference, Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.  

Annual educational and networking event for tourism professionals. 

Registration is now open:
  
http://www.traveliowa.com/conference

 


Oct 25-28; Mid America Trails & Greenways (MATAG) Conference in Des Moines--Save the Dates.
 

MATAG is a regional event held every other year, bringing together trail and greenway interests from 

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IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, MN, MO, OH and WI. The conference is intended to showcase great projects, 

share ideas, and network. 

Iowa is hosting the event this year for the first time. 


 
Outdoor activities and field trips will include the new Water Works Park plans and paddles, Des Moines River walks, High Trestle Trail rides, Jester Park equestrian rides, and possibly OHV/snowmobile activities as well as indoor presentations in the areas of funding, maintenance, design, and health. The conference will be headquartered at Embassy Suites Des Moines and central Iowa trails. Preliminary info has been posted on their website, and details will be added as finalized: http://www.matag.org/


 

Nov 9-10; Iowa Nonprofit Summit 2015, Ames.  

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Biennial conference offering learning opportunities and resources for Iowa nonprofit & volunteer management professionals; keynote presentations, break-out sessions, networking, and exhibitors. For the latest conference news, follow #IAnpsummit online, or visit www.regonline.com/npsummit2015  where you can join an event e-mail list.

If you have questions, or need more information, contact the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service at icvs@iowa.gov, or 515.725.3094 (toll-free: 800.308.5987).
 
 

 

PLANNING CALENDAR:  A Quick Look at the Weeks Ahead

 

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Aug 13-23; Iowa State Fair, Des Moines. Visit IDNR Building, River Programs, Water Trails, & Project Aware displays. Volunteers needed for the Paddling Theme Day on Saturday, August 15 in the DNR Courtyard. Contact Outreach Coordinator Todd Robertson at 515-979-9538 Cell or email todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov  State Fair info at http://www.iowastatefair.org/

Aug 14-15; "Seize the Carp!," Iowa River Landing, Coralville. Event will include recycled kayak construction & race competition, opportunities to explore multiple types of fishing, canoeing, kayaking, outdoor cooking, rock climbing, environmental art, native & invasive species identification, and more. Sponsored by "Take A Kid Outdoors" (TAKO), the event will provide opportunities for sponsorships, vendors, exhibitors, presenters, and volunteers. Visit www.takeakidoutdoors.org or contact Judith Joyce, earthview01gmail.com or 319-358-2542.

Aug 15; 6th Annual Floatzilla in Quad Cities. Floats, training sessions, food, live music, tee shirts, world record attempt for largest flotilla of kayaks & canoes; http://www.floatzilla.org/.
Aug 15; First Annual "PaddleFest Poker Run on the Cedar," Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Benefit for Hartman Reserve Nature Center programming. Volunteers are asked to contact Pam Wolter, Cedar Valley Paddlers Club, PaddleFest Poker Run Committee, cell: 319-231-0541, or email cedarvalleypaddlers@gmail.com
Find event Info and registration at http://www.mycountyparks.com/county/Black-Hawk/Park/Hartman-Reserve-Nature-Center/Events/7365/PaddleFest-Poker-Run.aspx or by calling 319-277-2187.

Aug 22 & 23; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. Enjoy a tour of the historic 1860's Motor Mill, related buildings, and town site. Consider combining the tour with a paddle on the beautiful Turkey River WT. Free tours are available Noon - 5:00 pm on scheduled weekends during May-September, or group tours by appointment. Motor Mill Historic Site, Galaxy Road, Elkader. For more info about Motor Mill or the tours, call: 563-245-1516 or visit: www.motormill.org

Aug 25-26; IDNR Canoe School for Naturalists & Trip Leaders. Briggs Woods Park, Boone River. Focus on skills, hazard ID, teaching & learning styles, risk management. Two days, for canoes only, ACA instructors, $25, limited space, preregistration required. Details & reg forms at
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Recreation/CanoeingKayaking/PaddlerResources/InstructionSafety.aspx

Aug 29; Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon, Waverly. This fun, challenging race combines a 4.6 mile paddle, 3.4 mile trail run, and finishes with a 7.0 mile mountain bike ride. Start at 9:00 am at Brookwood Park in Waverly. All proceeds go towards the purchase of Ingawanis Woodland. Organizers are seeking both race participants and event volunteers. Volunteers should contact Darrin Siefken at 319-352-9129 or info@crawdaddyoutdoors.com Find event info and registration at http://crawdaddyoutdoors.com/event/rugged-toad-adventure-triathlon-2015/
Aug 29; Full Moon. Sunrise 6:29, Sunset 7:46, Moonrise 7:41 CDT
Sep 7; Labor Day.
Sep 9; Disabled Veteran Kayaking/Canoeing event at Riverside. In conjunction with VA National TEE Tournament, Riverside Casino, Riverside, IA; info at http://www1,.va.gov/opa/speceven/tee/index.asp. Volunteers & boats needed; contact Gregg Stark, greggpeggystark@yahoo.com
Sep 12; Annual Iowa River Cleanup, Sturgis to Hills. Registration at at http://www.iarvcp.org/. Event info available via Carol Sweeting carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org or 319-541-2385, or via Dan Ceynar, dlceynar@engineering.uiowa.edu
Sep 12 & 13; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. Enjoy a tour of the historic 1860's Motor Mill, related buildings, and town site. Consider combining the tour with a paddle on the beautiful Turkey River WT. Free tours are available Noon - 5:00 pm on scheduled weekends during May-September, or group tours by appointment. Motor Mill Historic Site, Galaxy Road,

Elkader. For more info about Motor Mill or the tours, call: 563-245-1516 or visit:

Sep 13; Coralville Lake Pelican Festival, Hawkeye Wildlife Area, Swisher. Will be held 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the DNR headquarters at Hawkeye Wildlife Area, 2564 Amana Road N.W., Swisher, IA 52338. Viewing area, telescopes, exhibitors. Iowa Audubon event hosted with the Iowa DNR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa City Bird Club and Cedar Rapids Audubon Society. Website: http://www.coralvillelake.org

Sep 14-15 (was 15-16); IDNR Canoe School for Naturalists & Trip Leaders. Briggs Woods Park, Boone River. Focus on skills, hazard ID, teaching & learning styles, risk management. Two days, for canoes only, ACA instructors, $25, limited space, preregistration required. Details & reg forms at

http://www.iowadnr.gov/Recreation/CanoeingKayaking/PaddlerResources/InstructionSafety.aspx

Sep 17-19; Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards Fall Conference, Cedar Rapids. Tours, exhibits, demonstrations, presentations. http://mycountyparks.weebly.com/2015-fall-conference.html
Sep 19; 10th Annual Dragoon River Romp, Des Moines River, Boone County. River cleanup from the E-57 boat ramp to the 210 boat ramp. At the conclusion of the cleanup, all volunteers will be transported back to Seven Oaks for lunch and awards presentation. Canoes and transportation to and from the river are provided. Event is free, paddlers limited to 100, land based volunteers to 45. Web site: http://www.boonecounty.iowa.gov/index.aspx?page=373 Or contact Lois Powers, Program Coordinator Phone: 515-433-0591 E-mail: kbcb@boonelandfill.org   http://www.boonecounty.iowa.gov/landfill

Sep 23; Autumnal Equinox, 1st Day of Autumn.
Sep 26; Annual Upper Iowa River Cleanup, Chimney Rock Campground. Volunteers receive one night free camping. Meet for light breakfast & sack lunch at 8:00 am, dispatch to 8 mile river section. http://www.chimneyrocks.com/events.html

Sep 26 & 27; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. Enjoy a tour of the historic 1860's Motor Mill, related buildings, and town site. Consider combining the tour with a paddle on the beautiful Turkey River WT. Free tours are available Noon - 5:00 pm on scheduled weekends during May-September, or group tours by appointment. Motor Mill Historic Site, Galaxy Road, Elkader. For more info about Motor Mill or the tours, call: 563-245-1516 or visit: www.motormill.org

Sep 27; Full Moon. Sunrise 6:59, Sunset 6:56, Moonrise 6:49 CDT
 

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