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The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

Events Calendar


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

Hunter education is a mandatory program that is designed to introduce students to several life-long skills that are important to many different types of outdoor recreational opportunities. The course teaches students basic survival and first aid skills, water safety, wildlife identification, and the basics of wildlife management, hunting laws, and firearm/archery safety. Hunter education also stresses the importance of individual responsibility and outdoor ethics.

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.

Click here to Register

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


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

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

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
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CARPfest Tournament
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.

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4343 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, Iowa 50321   ·   Phone 515-244-3773   ·   Email