Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Winter 2016-17 Program & Activity Guide
IWLA National Clean Water Director to Speak at the RRWA’s Life in the Raccoon River Event March 4, 2017
Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Ave., Perry IA 50320, 515-465-3511
Dannielle Donkersloot, the National Izaak Walton League’s Clean Water Director will speak at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 4 at the Raccoon River Watershed Association’s Life in the Raccoon River event at the Hotel Pattee in Perry. Admission is free! (Click here to learn more)
Hunter Education Course
Friday, March 10, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Izaak Walton League – Des Moines
4343 George Flagg Pkwy Des Moines, IA 50321
Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license. All registrants for this event must be 11 years of age by March 10, 2017.
Learn Geocache Basics: March 25, 2017, 1 p.m. at Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter #3 (Map & Park Information), presented by Polk County Conservation.
Learn the basics of geoaching and try finding several geocaches hidden just for you in Fort Des Moines Park. Pre-registration required; deadline is March 13. Fee: $5. To register, click here.
Nature Center Ground Breaking Set for March 29, 2017
The Jester Park Nature Center ground breaking has been set for Wednesday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the future site of the building. Brief remarks, followed by an informal celebration with refreshments and activities will be taking place that afternoon. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about the Jester Park Nature Center visit www.jesterparknaturecenter.com
Urban Trout Stocking & Family Fishing Event
April 8, 2017 – Noon – 1 p.m.
Summerset State Park, Indianola, IA
Warren County Izaak Walton League to provide food & drinks from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For more information go to www.iowadnr.gov
Outdoors Woman Spring Workshop Set for Honey Creek Resort
The 2017 spring Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop will be held April 28-30 at Honey Creek Resort State Park, in Moravia.
Celebrate spring and join other women interested in getting outdoors! Enrollment is limited, so register early!
Classes will focus on fishing; camping and backpacking; firearms; and boating; plus other fun options, like nature photography and foraging! Get the full class schedule and information at iowadnr.gov/bow.
Early registration ends March 26!
Learn How to Fish with Des Moines Park & Recreation
June 2, 2017 – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Gray’s Lake, Des Moines
Poles and bait provided — No Fishing License needed
For more information go to www.dsmparkrec.org
June 3, 2017 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Gray’s Lake, Des Moines – Swimming area parking lot
Registration at 8:00 am
Door prizes and Prize for largest fish
Bait and limited number of loaner poles will be available. Door prizes and prizes for largest carp. Volunteers will be on hand to help if you have never fished for carp, but would like to try.
Fish caught will be donated to SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) to help support raptor rehabilitation.
For questions about this site contact Bud Hartley.