Paddle Day

Join us at Indian Creek Nature Center for the 12th annual Paddle 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 breakout sessions, vendor tables, a raffle and door prizes, meeting other local paddlers, and high quality refreshments.

2019 Paddle Day Schedule

8:30 AM – Check in + Continental Breakfast (bagels, assorted pastries, fruit, coffee & OJ) Purchase tickets to win great raffle prizes!
9 AM – Welcome to Paddle Day! (Auditorium)
9:10 AM – Keynote Speaker (Auditorium): Dr. James Pease — Reflections on Iowa Rivers and Their Futures
10 – 10:15 AM – BREAK – please visit our vendors in the Exhibit Hall and get your raffle tickets!
10:15 – 11 AM– Breakout Sessions
Kip LadageKayaks, Canoes, and Cameras(Auditorium)
Vern Fish – Expedition Canoeing (Bee Classroom)
Ryan Sundermann (Preschool Classroom)
11 – 11:15 AM – BREAK – please visit our vendors in the Exhibit Hall and get your raffle tickets!
11:15 AM – 12 PM – Breakout Sessions
Dr. James Pease – Native Species (Auditorium)
Todd Robertson   (Bee Classroom)
12:10 – 12:50 PM – Community Share: Upcoming trips, events and paddling news (Auditorium) All are welcome to share; an electronic calendar will be provided after Paddle Day.
1 PM  Final comments, raffle drawing and departure (Auditorium)

February 23, 2019

9 AM-1 PM
Doors open at 8:30 AM


Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

Thank you to our Sponsors

2019 Speakers

Keynote: Dr. James Pease

Emeritus Professor and Master Interpreter Dr. James Pease has over four decades of experience in environmental education and has paddled some 1800 miles of Iowa Rivers, conducting biological and interpretive surveys for the Iowa Water Trails Program. He helped design and conduct the Master River Stewards Program for Iowa Rivers Revival, served over two decades as an Extension Wildlife Specialist, was the director of Iowa’s NatureMapping and Master Conservationist programs and taught fifteen years in youth development and natural resources. Today Dr. Pease is active in leading international wildlife trips to Central and South America and holds leadership positions with Story County Conservation Board and Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park.

Kip Ladage: Kayaks, Canoes, and Cameras
Kip Ladage is a wildlife/nature photographer from Northeast Iowa, whose more than 550,000 images were created from a canoe or kayak. Ladage frequently paddles the Wapsipinicon and Cedar Rivers, Sweet Marsh, as well as the Boundary Waters. When not paddling, Kip carries his camera on backpacking and bicycling adventures. Kip will share some of his thoughts on mixing camera equipment and electronics with paddling activities.
Vern Fish: Expedition Canoeing

Vern Fish is the former Executive Director of the Black Hawk County Conservation Board in Waterloo, Iowa. He has paddled all five Protected Water Areas in Iowa and has run wild rivers from the Mexican border to Hudson Bay and north to the Arctic Circle. He completed the Ontario Parks Northwest Wilderness Quest in 2018. Vern currently serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Board and the Friends of Wabakimi. He is also the president of the Black Hawk Creek Water & Soil Coalition and the co-chair of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition.

Ryan Sundermann

Ryan Sundermann is a co-owner of Soko Outfitters, an Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids and on an “adventure paddling” team. He’ll be speaking about what you can do to get started as a paddler, paddling techniques and adventure racing.

Todd Robertson: Discover the New Interactive Paddlers Map

We will review the Iowa DNR’s latest tool for paddlers when it comes to trip planning and river information.

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