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River of Words® (ROW) conducts an environmental poetry and art contest for youth aged 5 to 19 in grades K-12 every year. ROW is a Project of The Center for Environmental literacy at St. Mary's College of California. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of their own watershed, and to express what they discover through poetry and art. Winners of the international contest will be announced in April of each year, and are honored in a mid-April ceremony a...
Paddling the 2,250 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in 2011, Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho were the first women to accomplish the historic route featured in Canoeing With the Cree. Join Natalie as she speaks about her trip and the lessons she learned while on the river. Event co-sponsored with Central Iowa Paddlers and the Iowa DNR will have a Water Trails of Iowa booth. This is part of a kick off to the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Water Trails Initiative.  Botanical Ce...
As an avid paddler, Natalie Warren will focus this talk on how integration of recreation and the economy can impact the health of our rivers and our community. Come and learn more about how nurturing water ways can spur community development.  Natalie is founder of the Wild River Academy and national speaker on the relationships between rivers, paddling and communities. Event co-sponsored with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Botanical Center, Des Moines, Iowa May 29, 7:30am No r...
Join expedition paddler Natalie Warren on May 29th for a six mile paddling trip from the Sycamore Access to Prospect Park. The trip will take between two and three hours depending on water levels. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty, bring sun screen and a water bottle. If you wish to bring personal items such as wallet, cell phone, camera and keys, a dry bag is recommended. Beginning paddlers welcome. Trip co-sponsored with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines P...
Langwood Adventure Day Start time: 8:00 am End time: 1:00 pm General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, and fishing regulations.  Langwood Education Center, 14019 H Avenue, Wapello Louisa County Conservation Board, Brittney Tiller, btiller@lccb.org, 319-523-8381
Hook, Line, and Sinker Fishing Derby Start time: 9:00 am End time: 1:30 pm General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, and cleaning/cooking fish.  Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve Lake, 15148 Jacob Ave, Grinnell Jasper County Conservation Board, Keri Van Zante, kvanzante@co.jasper.ia.us, 641-792-9780
As a kick off to the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Water Trails Initiative, multiple family friendly events will be taking place at Water Works Park on May 30, including the installment of an interactive public art piece by Mary Mattingly. Interested in trying your hand at paddling? Float trips will start at the pedestrian bridge at 11, 12, 2 and 3 and each last approximately 30 minutes. The event will be keynoted at 1pm with remarks from artist Mary Mattingly and DNR Director Ch...

Introduction to Fishing

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations, and cleaning/cooking fish.

Briggs Woods Lake, 2490 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City
John Laird, Hamilton County Conservation, hccblaird@wmtel.net, 515-832-9570

Come and fish while Van & Bonnie broadcast live from the gazebo near the lake. DNR staff will provide hands on fishing instruction, fish frying and answer all your fishing questions.

 

DMACC Lake, near the intersection of South Ankeny Blvd. & Southwest Oralabor Road, Ankeny

Senior Fishing Clinic

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety.

Easter Lake, 2830 Easter Lake Drive, Des Moines
Patrice Petersen-Keys, Polk County Conservation, patrice.petersen-keys@polkcountyiowa.gov, 515-323-5300

Free Fishing Weekend Kickoff (Des Moines) General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety. Grays Lake, 2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines Joel VanRoekel, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, JMVanroekel@dmgov.org, 515-237-1386

Kids Fishing Day (New Sharon)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations.

Russell Wildlife Area, 2254 - 200th Street, New Sharon
Laura DeCook, Mahaska County Conservation Board, decook@mahaskacounty.org, 641-673-9327

Blue Lake Kids Day

General fishing event; Come learn abouth the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations, cleaning/cooking fish, and water safety.

Blue Lake, Onawa
Wes Mahan, Oxbow Bandits, wemahan@gmail.com, 712-253-0076

Pleasant Hill Youth Fishing Derby General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety. Copper Creek, 4390 East University Ave., Pleasant Hill Rick Courcier, City of Pleasant Hill & Pleasant Hill Lions Club, rcourcier@ci.pleasanthilliowa.org, 515-262-9368

Northwest Iowa Outdoors Youth Fishing Derby

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics:  basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations.

Little Sioux Lake, 1746 O'Brien Ave., Correctionville
Drew Hackett, Northwest Iowa Outdoors, drew@nwiowaoutdoors.com, 712-898-8987

Central Park Annual Kids Fishing Derby

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety.

Central Park Lake, 12515 Central Park Rd., Center Junction
Michele Olson, Jones County Conservation Board, naturalist@co.jones.ia.us, 563-487-3541

Kids Fishing Day (Indianola)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, and fishing regulations.

Lake Ahquabi, 15565 118th Ave, Indianola
Logan Roberts, Warren County Conservation, loganroberts@warrenccb.org, 515-961-6169

West Lake Park Fishing Clinic General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations, cleaning/cooking fish and water safety. Lake of the Hills, 14910 110th Avenue, Davenport Roger Larson, Scott County Conservation, conservation@scottcountyiowa.com, 563-328-3280
Fish Iowa! Games State Finals All Iowa youth (ages 5-18) are eligible to participate. All competitors will cast at one time, but will be scored in three age groups: Age 8 & younger (at least 5 years old); Age 9‐1; Age 12 & older (up to age 18). Pre-registration is encouraged; onsite registration is available; $5 entry fee. Liberty Centre Pond, 820 West Cherry Street, North Liberty, IA
5th Annual Clarksville Lions Fish Clinic General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations, cleaning/cooking fish and water safety. Sportsman's Pond, 18169 CIR C33, Clarksville William Tjaden, Clarksville Lions Club, wtjaden@ilyec.com, 319-464-2047

35th Annual Kid's Fishing Seminar

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations.

Discovery Park, 3300 Cedar Street, Muscatine
Michelle Berns, Muscatine County Conservation Board, mberns@co.muscatine.ia.us, 563-264-5922

Kids Fishing Clinic (Central City) General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety. Wapsi (Central City to Oxford Junction), Horseshoe Falls Rd, Central City Chuck Ungs, North Linn Fish and Game & Linn County Conservation, Chuck.Ungs@Linncounty.org, 319-892-6485

Fishing Clinic (Lake View)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety.

Ice House Point, 228 S. Blossom, Lake View
Megan Cook, Sac County Conservation Board, sccbnat@frontiernet.net, 712-662-4530

Fishing Clinic (Ruthven)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and cleaning/cooking fish.

Lost Island Lake, Lost Island Nature Center (3267 350th Avenue), Ruthven
Miriam Patton, Palo Alto County Conservation Board, paccb@ruthventel.com, 712-837-4866

North Iowa Youth Fish Derby/Fish Iowa! General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations, cleaning/cooking fish and water safety. Rudd Lake, 160th St., Rudd MaryJo Burkgren, North Iowa Ringnecks Shooting Sports, Inc., maryjo@osage.net, 641-832-7246

Kid's Fishing Day (Woodbine)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics:  basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations.

Willow Lake, 2705 Easton Trail, Woodbine
Connie Betts, Harrison County Conservation Board, cbetts@harrisoncountyparks.org, 712-647-2785

Family Fishing Day (Stacyville)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations.

Stacyville Impoundment, 2275 465th Street, Stacyville
Chelsea Ewen, Mitchell County Conservation Board, chelsea@osage.net, 641-732-5204

Family Fishing Clinic (Maquoketa)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and cleaning/cooking fish.

Hurstville Pond, 63rd Street West of Hwy 61, Maquoketa
Jennifer Meyer, Jackson County Conservation, jen@jacksonccb.com, 563-652-3783

Optimist Club/Page County Conservation Fishing Derby

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety.

Pioneer Park Pond, 1849 Highway 2, Shenandoah
Charly Stevens, Page County Conservation Board, pagecocons@iowatelecom.net, 712-542-3864

Free Fishing Weekend Family Fishing Event
Fun for the whole family - live fish, experts from Scheels, fly fishing demonstration, food, and prize drawings. Scheels, North Liberty Parks and Recreation, TAKO, and Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association are sponsors for the event.

Liberty Centre Pond, 820 West Cherry Street, North Liberty, IA

Ankeny Optimist Club Fishing Derby General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations, cleaning/cooking fish and water safety. Hawkeye Park Pond, 647 NW Lakeshore Dr., Ankeny David Treager, Ankeny Optimist Club, dtreager@american-alarms.com, 515-777-5499

Lake Anita Kids' Fishing Day

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, fish identification and fishing regulations.

Lake Anita, 55111 750th St., Anita
Joshua Peach, Lake Anita State Park, joshua.peach@dnr.iowa.gov, 712-762-3564

Youth Fishing Clinic (Bloomfield)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety.

Davis County Pond 6 (S-S), 22893 215th Street, Bloomfield
Josh Batterson, Davis County Conservation Board, dcboard@netins.net, 641-664-2572

Youth Fishing Derby (Lehigh)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction and fish identification.

Brushy Creek Lake, 2802 Brushy Creek Road, Lehigh
Erin Ford, Webster County Conservation, emeehan@webstrcountyia.org, 515-576-4258

Big Creek Lake Appreciation Day

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction and water safety.

Big Creek Lake, 8794 NW 125th Ave, Polk City
John Swanson, Big Creek Lake Watershed Project, johnathon.swanson@ia.usda.gov, 515-964-1883

Seth Thompson Memorial Kids Fishing Day

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: fish identification and fishing regulations.

Wilson Park Lake, Park Road, Lenox
Evan Thompson, fishingforseth@hotmail.com, 642-413-0035

Scranton's Kids Fishing Day Start time: 11:00 am End time: 2:00 pm General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: aquatic habitats, equipment care/maintenance, stewardship of natural resources, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations, and water safety.  Scranton Lost Lagoon, Moulton Street, Scranton Scranton Betterment, Leesa Squibb, brandys@netins.net, 712-652-3250
Bow & Fly Fishing - Edible Outdoors Learn bow fishing from expert Laura DeCook (Mahaska County Naturalist and member of the Bowfishing Association of Iowa). Instruction will cover basic equipment, techniques, benefits of fishing carp and other rough fish, and hands on bow fishing. Recipes will be shared as well as the opportunity to sample Iowa fish. Local DNR fishing biologist Paul Sleeper will be on hand to answer area fishing questions. Liberty Centre Pond, 820 West Cherry Street,...

Backbone Lake Kids Fishing Clinic

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety.

Backbone State Park, 1282 120th St, Strawberry Point
Abbey Harkrader, Clayton County Conservation Board, abbey_claytonccb@yahoo.com, 563-245-1516

Kids Fish Iowa! Adventure General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety. Lowe Park, 6268 N 10th St., Marion Chuck Ungs, Marion Parks and Rec. & Linn County Conservation, Chuck.Ungs@Linncounty.org, 319-447-3590

Fishing Clinic and Derby

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety.

Pollmiller Park Lake, 2462 CountyY HWY 103, West Point
Sherri Hartson, Izaak Walton-Green Bay Chapter, sherri_hart@hotmail.com, 319-372-7561

Youth fishing derby (Storm Lake)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations.

Storm Lake, Hwy 110, Storm lake
Josh Schwartz, Gone Fishn Bait Shop, Schwartzjosh85@yahoo.com, 712-291-0150

Iowa DNR/ Issac Walton League Kids fishing day General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and cleaning/cooking fish. Mississippi River Pool 13: Trout Pond, 20659 US Hwy 52, Bellevue Scott Gritters, Iowa DNR- Fisheries Station, scott.gritters@dnr.iowa.gov, 563-872-4976

Family Fishing Fun (Adel)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction.

Glissman Pond, 32185 Panther Creek Road, Adel
Cindy Blobaum, Dallas County Conservation Board, cindy.blobaum@dallas.co.ia.us, 515-465-3577

Advisory group members will participate in the development of Operating Permit Application Fees and rules to establish the Operating Permit Application Fees. The fees are expected to go into effect on January 1, 2016. June 9, 2015 from 9:30am - 11:30am Air Quality Bureau; 7900 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights IA 50324 More Information:  www.iowadnr.gov/titlevfees
Advisory group members will participate in the development of application fees for construction permits and rules to establish the fees. The fees are expected to go into effect on January 1, 2016.

June 9, 2015 from 1pm - 3pm

Air Quality Bureau; 7900 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights IA 50324

More Information:  www.iowadnr.gov/majorcpfees

Advisory group members will participate in the development of application fees for construction permits and rules to establish the fees. The fees are expected to go into effect on January 1, 2016.

June 10, 2015 from 9:30am - 11:30am
Air Quality Bureau; 7900 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights IA 50324

More Information:  www.iowadnr.gov/minorcpfees

Advisory group members will participate in the development of notification fees and rules to establish the notification fees.  The fees are expected to go into effect on January 1, 2016.

June 10, 2015 from 1pm - 3pm

Air Quality Bureau; 7900 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights IA 50324

More Information:  www.iowadnr.gov/asbestosfees
Client Contact Group, 1-3 p.m. Wallace The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recognizes the need to provide the public with a way to learn about new programs and requirements related to Environmental Services programs. The Client Contact Group is an open forum to discuss new rules or program developments on the state and federal level. These meetings are a good source of information for anyone who works with or has an interest in activities related to environmental management.
Family Fishing Clinic (Sioux Center) General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety. Sandy Hollow, 3395 400 Street, Sioux Center Sunday Ford, Sioux County Conservation Board, sfnaturalist@siouxcounty.org, 712-552-3057
Pheasants Forever Fishing Derby General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics: equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety. Little Sioux Park, 1746 O'Brien Ave, Correctionville Dawn Snyder, Woodbury County Conservation Board, dnsyder@sioux-city.org, 712-258-0838

Kids Fishing Derby (Jefferson)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics:  fish identification and fishing regulations.

Spring Lake, 1847 195th Street, Jefferson
Dan Towers, Greene County Conservation, conservation@co.greene.ia.us, 515-386-5674

Environmental Protection Commission, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) is a panel of nine citizens who provide policy oversight over Iowa's environmental protection efforts. EPC members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by vote of the Senate for four year terms.
Iowa’s newest whitewater park is set for its grand opening on Saturday, June 20th. There will be kayaking, canoeing, tubing and stand up paddle boarding. Come enjoy the riverfront and enjoy live music and street dancing, food and prizes!  Sponsored in part by the City of Manchester and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The Iowa DNR will also have a River Programs Booth on display. Manchester Whitewater Park Grand Opening Saturday, June 20th, 2015 9am to 9pm Manchester, I...

Kids Fishing Clinic (Exira)

General fishing event; Come learn about the following topics:  equipment care/maintenance, basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations.

Littlefield Lake, 2672 Littlefield Drive, Exira
Christina Roelofs, Audubon County Conservation Board, cgroen@fmctc.com, 712-268-2762

Youth Fishing Derby (LeMars)

General fishing event;

LeMars Municipal Park, 445 Park Lane, LeMars
David Caldwell, LeMars Sportsmens Club, davidcaldwell@frontier.com, 712-266-5967

Families come and celebrate dad with this Father’s Day paddle from Prospect Park to Birdland Park. The trip will take about half an hour. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty, bring sun screen and a water bottle. If you wish to bring personal items such as wallet, cell phone, camera and keys, a dry bag is recommended. Beginning paddlers and families encouraged to attend.  While this is considered a safe route, being on the river always poses some risk. Life jackets are re...

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