Paddle Day

Join us at Indian Creek Nature Center for the 10th anniversary of Paddle Day! In honor of the anniversary, we’ve extended the event to one full day. Whether you’re new to paddling or an experienced veteran, you will learn something new and be inspired to get out on the water. Connect with a paddling buddy, share experiences, learn about new gear or discover a new place to paddle.

Look forward to a variety of activities, including guided naturalist snowshoe hikes, a multitude of exhibitor tables, door prizes and meeting other local paddlers. Presentations by guest teachers include talks about safety and technical movement, local water to paddle, regional paddle expeditions, and a special opportunity to see the film Nobody’s River – a documentary of four women who sought to paddle the Amur River through Mongolia and Russia, one of the world’s last free flowing rivers.

2017 Paddle Day Schedule

Download the full schedule of events and presentation descriptions here.

Speakers and presentations began at 9:10 AM and will include:

  • Keynote Speaker: Bound for the Barrens – Vern Fish
  • Keynote Film: Nobody’s River  a film by Skip Armstrong of Wazee Motion Pictures
  • Prepared or NOT Prepared? –Todd Robertson
  • Local waters, Close to Home – Backwater Paddlers Group
  • Great River Rumble  Bill Schoon

Other activities occurring through the day:

  • Meet a Paddler Corner: All day during the event stop for a snack, talk or drop a note about paddling trips, community adventures or travel partners needed for your upcoming excursions. Local paddlers and community members will be available to have a discussion and talk to you about their experiences. In the afternoon meet members of the Backwater Paddlers group and discuss future and past experiences while getting a refresher on paddling technique from Todd Robertson.
  • Paddling Demonstration: Catch a paddling demonstration right after lunch! Get your paddle on with Todd and learn how to avoid sticky situations.  Beginner and veterans could all use these tips to stay safe on all types of water trails.
  • Forest Therapy Walks: From Lamoni, Iowa, Joe and Julie are excited to get out on the trails with you and take a leisurely walk to help you connect with the natural world. This walk will be slower paced as a time to reflect and relax with your surroundings. Stop by their table and sign up for an hour walk that will surely help you relax.
  • Popcorn Perfect: Grab a delicious snack as you choose your next move for the day. Popcorn provided through the entire day for .25 cents a bag. Find the perfect pop in the Meet the Paddlers corner and enjoy a snack during the showing of our keynote film, “Nobody’s River”.
  • Raffle Prizes: Win Nature Center gear like logo hats and water bottles; a Nature Center membership, one free snowshoe rental, maple syrup, t-shirts, camp lanterns and a pair of tickets to the Backcountry Film Festival the following weekend!