- January 31, 2015
- Willow Garden OrbsWillow Garden Orbs
Time: 10:00 am
Willow Garden Orbs Saturday, January 31, 10 AM Create a lovely willow orb for your garden or home using one of nature’s fastest growing plants. Participants will learn simple random weaving techniques to create one or more rustic willow ball. We will use a combination of wild willow harvested from the Nature Center wetland and cultivated basket willow. Good hand strength required. All consumable supplies provided. Participants should bring sharp garden shears or basketry scissors and a towel for wrapping your materials. We will “warm” willow “withies” across our knees, so wear an apron or old pants that can get dirty. Our finished product will be roughly basketball-sized. Bring a brown bag lunch. We will provide beverages. Register by 4 PM on Wednesday, January 28. M $25; NM $35. at 10:00 am
- Chicken ChatterChicken Chatter
Time: 1:00 pm
Chicken Chatter Saturday, January 31, 1 PM Anyone new to keeping a flock of chickens is likely to experience the joys and frustrations of caring for animals and learning husbandry skills. Join longtime chicken keeper and ICNC Director Emeritus Rich Patterson for an interactive discussion. He will suggest solutions for the five most common problems experienced by new poultry keepers, then encourage everyone to share experiences. Call 319-362-0664 to reserve your place. Suggested donation: $5. at 1:00 pm
- Willow Garden OrbsWillow Garden Orbs
Adventures Near and Far
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Displays open at noon, first speaker begins at 12:30 PM.
Paddling fun does not stop just because Iowa’s waters are frozen! Join us to learn about great canoe and kayaking adventures. Or get inspired to plan your own summer paddling trip!
Explore displays from various paddling groups and the Iowa DNR Water Trails. Enjoy meeting and conversing with others who share your paddling enthusiasm. This is an event for the beginner as well as the novice. Maybe you will win one of our great door prizes!
Paddling Adventures In The Ozarks – Marty Koch – 45 minutes, questions 12:30-1:15
The Ozarks is a vast area of low mountains, deep valleys, and amazing paddling in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Over 10,000 miles of streams course through the rugged countryside, offering everything from gentle waters to raging Class V whitewater. Many have heard of the more famous streams like the Current, Jack’s Fork, and Buffalo. But there are nearly a hundred others with names like the Big Pine, Mulberry, Gasconade, Huzzah, Kings River, and the North Fork of the White.
Marty completed a thirty year career as park ranger and recreation supervisor with the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation. He is a frequent presenter at sport, travel, fishing and hunting seminars and an accomplished photographer and author.
The Kickapoo River: a Gem in SW Wisconsin – Lisa Nagle and Jan Aiels – 30 minutes 1:35 – 2:05
Dip your paddle into cool, clean, clear water that meanders through spectacular scenery in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. It’s just a three hour drive to another world! Learn where you can rent equipment, engage a shuttle service, and camp (or not) in the Kickapoo Reserve. It is amazing, fun, family friendly and nearby!
Expanded View from the Cockpit – Bill and Joyce Schoon – 45 minutes, questions 2:15-3 PM
Bill and Joyce share beautiful photography from paddling adventures across the US including their most recent trip to Baja. Sit back and prepare to add to your paddling bucket list . ( This description may need to be edited as I have not received the Schoon’s specific description)
Great Local Paddling. Todd Robertson, Iowa DNR River Programs Outreach Coordinator/Paddling Instructor 30 minutes 3:10 -3:40 You only have one day! So where can you rent a canoe or kayak? Can you get a shuttle? How do you know where the best paddling opportunities are located? Let’s talk about paddling destinations and outfitters in eastern Iowa.
Door prizes from Seatasea and Indian Creek Nature Center