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The opportunity for families to experience the fun of Iowa’s outdoors is right around the corner. The Iowa Outdoor Expo is Sept. 24 and 25 at Waterworks Park in Des Moines, which coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, on Sept. 24.
The Outdoor Expo allows attendees the opportunity to try many different activities in a safe, controlled environment. There will be opportunities to try fishing, bow fishing, canoeing and kayaking, outdoor cooking, trap shooting, archery and more. A full list of activities is available at www.iowadnr.gov/expo.
“This is a family friendly event with plenty of activities designed for people of all skill levels. We have instructors on hand to teach the activities, offer guidance and tips for them to enjoy the activity when they are on their own,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
While attendance and activities has grown each year, what has not grown is the entry fee – it is still free entry to everyone. The Iowa Outdoor Expo is open September 24 from 9-6 and September 25 from 10-4.
The Iowa Outdoor Expo is sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, Polk County Conservation, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance Foundation, SOAR Saving Our Avian Resources, Weatherby Foundation International, Friends of NRA, MidIowa Bassmasters, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Theisens Home-Farm-Auto, Milo Locker, Shallow Water Investigators Bowfishing, Northern Lights Pizza, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and many more.