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The Iowa DNR maintains an OHV Park Hotline to keep the public up-to-date on park closings and park issues throughout the state. The number is 515-281-8385. The information on this hotline will be the most up-to-date and will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day.
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ATV Volunteer Instructor Education Training Offered June 1, 2014

Training sessions for those interested in becoming an ATV Volunteer Education Instructor and for those needing to recertify their instructor status will be held at Camp Dodge, Johnston, on June 1, 2014, from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm. 

Preregistration is required of all participants.

Training will cover presentation and teaching skills, course curriculum, course materials, how to do a student evaluation, maintaining safety on the range, setting up classes, course materials, applicable OHV laws in Iowa, and instructor tool kits.

New instructors are required to complete the following items to become certified:

·         Attend a DNR training session

·         Complete a rider-based student course.  This step will be completed as a separate step after the initial training

·         Submit an application and pass a background check before attending training

Participants are welcome to bring a properly registered ATV to the range at Camp Dodge, but a few machines will be available for shared use.  Helmet, eye protection, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, long-sleeve shirt, and gloves are required to ride.  New instructor candidates will be required to ride.

If you have any questions about:

·         The DNR’s ATV Education Program

·         How to become a volunteer instructor

·         Riding opportunities in Iowa, or

·         Any other OHV-related topic

Please contact Rhonda Fowler, ATV Education Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, at 515-281-3208 or

For more information about ATV education options in Iowa, go to the ATV Education page.

June 1, 2014 Instructor Training Information



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Special Events Calendar

When individuals and groups want to use public land and water for events, they must apply for use of that resource through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  These events are compiled by the Special Events System and are displayed on a calendar of events.  These events can be searched by type, location, and date. 

To find events which may be of interest to you, please go to

Special Event Permits

The Iowa DNR is authorized to approve a club or individual to hold an organized special event (an organized race, exhibition, or demonstration of limited duration which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule and in which general public interest is manifested) within the state if the event is scheduled to be held on public land or public ice. The DNR shall designate the equipment and facilities necessary for safe operation of ATVs, ORVs, and off-road motorcycles, and for the safety of operators, participants, and observers.

Residents participating in a special event must display a current registration on their ATV, ORV, or off-highway motorcycle. Nonresidents must display a valid, Iowa nonresident user permit on their ATV, ORV, or off-highway motorcycle.

At least 30 days before the scheduled date of a special event, an application must be filed with the DNR using the Special Events web-based application found at

For more information, contact the OHV Program Manager ( or call 515-238-3564.

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To provide sustainable, responsible recreation opportunities for owners of registered all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles.