Learn About the Turkey River and Water Quality at Project Aware's Free Evening Programs
Posted: 07/05/2011
TURKEY RIVER – Even if you’re not paddling down the Turkey River as part of this year’s Project AWARE river cleanup, you’re invited to the shore for a number of evening programs, including “Floating Through History” by Larry Stone.

Stone’s presentation, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 10 at Gouldsburg Park near Hawkeye, is just one of many educational programs scheduled during the DNR’s ninth annual Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition), July 9 to 16. While volunteers must officially register for Project AWARE to participate as a river cleanup volunteer, the evening programs are free and open to the public.

With opportunities to discover Native American rock art of northeast Iowa, meet fish, turtles, and mussels who call the Turkey River home, experience a Big Blue Sky concert at the historic Elkader Opera House, or simply go for a walk in the woods, Project AWARE educational programs offer something for everyone.

An educational program schedule that includes a complete list of programs, along with dates, times, and locations for each, can be downloaded from the Project AWARE website at www.iowaprojectaware.com. Find a program, pack a lawn chair and join local experts by the river as they share their stories of the Turkey River watershed with us.

The DNR received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host “Floating Through History.” A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. This program is also funded in part by a grant from the Iowa Community Cultural Grant program administered by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call Brian Soenen, Project AWARE coordinator, at 515-205-8587.