2014 Northeast Iowa Paddlefest


On March 22nd from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Black Hawk County Conservation Board and Hartman Reserve Nature Center will be holding the first annual Northeast Iowa Paddlefest at River Hills School in Cedar Falls, IA.  The goal of the Paddlefest is to educate people about the paddling opportunities available in the state of Iowa and around the country.  The keynote speaker for the event is Ben Hoksch.  Ben will be talking about his solo paddle trip down the Mississippi River. Ben started his Mississippi River adventure on the 21st of July, 2012 at Lake Itasca, MN, and ended on the 3rd of December 2012 in the Gulf of Mexico, a total of 134 days. 

Other sessions that will be offered are wilderness trip planning, standup paddle boarding, whitewater in Elkader, IA, updates on the proposed Black Hawk Creek paddle trail from Gundy Center to Waterloo, IA, and more.  The cost for the event is $10 for adults and $2 for youth (17 & under). Lunch will be served.  You must be registered by noon on Thursday, March 20th to be eligible for lunch.

If you would like to register or have any questions about this, or any other programs at Hartman Reserve Nature Center contact Chris Anderson; Program Coordinator at chris.hrnc@gmail.com or call (319) 277-2187.  You see all the upcoming programs offered through Hartman Reserve Nature Center by visiting BlackHawkCountyParks.com by clicking on the “Events” hyperlink and selecting the desired program. 

Guest Blogger Chris Anderson; Program Coordinator
Hartman Reserve Nature Center/Black Hawk County Conservation Board


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