Project AWARE, A Watershed Awareness River Expedition

Project AWARE isn’t for the person who’s afraid to get a little dirt under his or her fingernails. While most of your time is spent in a canoe or kayak, you are still fully immersed in the wilderness and eventually you’re bound to get dirty. Prepare to find mud in awkward places and potentially stinky things in your canoe. Most people find this aspect appealing; remembering the days when they were just kids playing in the mud... Intrigued? Check out our Project AWARE: Frequently Asked Questions.

Project A.W.A.R.E. Objectives:

  • Increase awareness about, and community involvement in, water quality issues that impact the health of Iowa's aquatic resources.
  • Engage Iowa's citizen volunteers in a project that challenges them to become stewards of the river and produces a tangible, quantitative result.
  • Demonstrate the commitment of Iowa's citizens by giving of themselves and their valuable time to make a difference - one stretch of river, one piece of trash at a time.

For More Information: Lynette Seigley (515)-310-0376  Lynette.Seigley@dnr.iowa.gov

"The Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Project AWARE is not related to nor affiliated with that of the Stichting Project AWARE’s name and website.”


14th Annual Project AWARE July 11-15, 2016 Lower Des Moines River

Eldon (Wapello Co.) to Turkey Run Access (Lee Co.)

The 2016 event will be a 5-day, 4 night event (Monday through Friday) with Monday and Friday being half days on the river and Tuesday through Thursday full days on the river.

2016 Project AWARE Registration
2016 Project AWARE Registration
2106 Project AWARE Youth Participation Agreement
2106 Project AWARE Youth Participation Agreement
2016 Project AWARE General Agenda
2016 Project AWARE Shuttle Information
2016 Project AWARE Designated Parking
Project AWARE Parking Pass
2016 Project AWARE Menu – coming in April
2016 Project AWARE Poster
Project AWARE Sponsorship Form
Project AWARE Rideboard
Project AWARE Frequently Asked Questions
Project AWARE Checklist




13th Annual Project AWARE July 11-16, 2015 Wapsipinicon River

2015 Project Aware

Independence (Buchanan Co.) to Olin (Jones Co.)

Check out the Flickr Photo Album for Project AWARE 2015

More photos are available and arranged by day: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors.