Outing participants are expected to sign a liability waiver, a copy of which can be previewed at http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ . RSVP to Outings Chair Jim Fahrion, Editor Dick Worm, or the designated Outing contact person for details and participation plans. Outings often include options. Explore & Enjoy as YOU like!
March 13 (Sunday)
Keough Indian Mounds Hike (postponed from December 11)
Charlie Winterwood will lead this short hike located between East Dubuque and Galena. Meet in Dubuque at 1 PM at the north end of the Hy-Vee parking lot off South Locust St. to carpool to the site. Contact: Charlie.
April 30 (Saturday)
Mississippi Palisades Spring Wildflower Hike
Charlie Winterwood will lead this State Park hike near Savanna, Illinois. Meet in Dubuque in at 9 AM, again at the north end of the Hy-Vee parking lot off South Locust to carpool to the site. Contact: Charlie.
May 14 (Saturday)
National Rivers, Catfish Creek Clean-up
Begin 9 AM at the canoe launch in the Mines of Spain. Canoe and kayak use and shoreline and road/parking lot walks will take place. May expand the area covered as participation level deems. Bring your own gloves. Walkers should wear long pants (nettles) and sturdy shoes. Insect repellent is advisable.
This will be an event of "Dubuque's Sustainability Challenge Game" so participation will be greater and the city will provide a lunch following the clean-up. An RSVP IS NECESSARY for the lunch count and if you wish to have a canoe provided for your use. Contact: Jim Fahrion.
June 3-5 (Friday night - Sunday)
Volga River Canoe/Kayak Outing
Optional camping Friday night at the Volga River State Recreation Area just northeast of Fayette. Otherwise meet by 10 AM on Saturday at the camping area where decisions regarding the river sections to float will be made for Saturday and Sunday.
Canoe options include M Ave. to Volga River State Recreation Area (12.1 miles); on to Heron Road totals 14.4 miles; and on to Wadena totals 21.4 miles. Wadena to Birch Road is not described in "Paddling Iowa". Birch Road to Volga City is 2.5 miles; and then another 6.8 miles to Osborne. (Osborne to Littleport is a scenic 9.4 miles and is the stretch that Project AWARE will clean up on Saturday, July 16.) Littleport on to Garber is about 10 miles.
Bring your own river and camping food but Dutch Oven creations by Bill may very well be available at breakfasts and dinner. RSVP contact: Bill Jamison.
Speaking of Bill Jamison and Dutch Ovens, Bill was asked by NICC to offer a class on Dutch Oven Cooking. The class is scheduled twice at Swiss Valley PARK... on the north side of Swiss Valley Road (at the picnic area, not at the Nature Center) from 10-12 on April 30 and May 21. Cost is $15. Register via NICC by phoning 563-556-5110. The class will include: How to Choose a Dutch Oven (types will be described) and How to Season, Cook with, and Store a Dutch Oven. Wood heat will also be given attention. Check details with Bill. WHAT'S COOKIN' WITH BILL!
July 9-16 (Saturday - Sunday)
Project AWARE on the Little Turkey, Turkey, and Volga Rivers
For details, go to http://www.iowaprojectaware.com/ . Camping will be at Gouldsburg Park (2), Gilbertson Conservation Education Area (2), Elkader City Park, Motor Mill, and Osborne Outdoor Education Center Park. Evening programs may include our own Larry Stone. (Check his website at http://www.larrystonesiowa.com/ .)
Our region's popular "Big Blue Sky" may perform in Elkader. Our White Pine Group will be a "River Rescue" level sponsor donating $125 ($75 plus a donor's $50) and will provide ice cream as an in-kind, hot weather treat contribution one evening. Anyone wish to help with that? Contact: Dick Worm.
Other Events of Note
Natural Gait Cave Concerts
May 21, Celtic, "Switchback"
June 11, Big Blue Sky
July 30, Sawtooth Bluegrass Band
August 19, Switchback
Live Eagle Nest Camera, 24/7