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Friday, August 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM CDT
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM CDT

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Nishna Bend Recreation Area - Shelby CCB 
516 Maple Road
Harlan, IA 51537

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Rachel Ladd 
Iowa DNR 

2018 Iowa Beyond BOW -
Women, Wine & Water

Important Registration Information - Please Read

Join us for a wonderful weekend on the water in Shelby County! The workshop will start at 7pm on Friday, August 24th, please make sure to eat dinner before registration. 

We hope you'll join us for the full weekend, but if you're only able to join for a day, we've created registration options for all. Full registration includes instruction in all sessions, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The workshop is being held at Shelby County Conservation Nishna Bend Recreation Area and Prairie Rose State Park in Harlan, IA.

Full weekend registration - $75
Friday only - wine tasting & wind chimes - $10
Saturday only - kayaking trip & gourmet S'mores - $50
Sunday only - kayak fishing & Dutch Oven cooking - $20
Friday & Saturday - wine tasting, wind chimes & kayaking trip - $60
Saturday & Sunday - kayaking, kayak fishing and Dutch Oven cooking - $70

Lodging is on your own and is available at the following locations:

  • Settle Inn in Harlan - 712-755-2930
  • Cobblestone Inn in Avoca - 712-307-6006
  • Cabin, RV or camping reservations at Prairie Rose State Park
  • Free tent camping available at Nishna Bend Recreation Area - behind the Nature Center



 Friday, August 24, 2018

6-7pm:  Registration
7-9pm:  Iowa Wines & More - Winetasting
Recycled Winebottle/Stain glass Windchimes
Henna Tattoos

Saturday, August 25, 2018

7-8am: Breakfast
8am-5pm:  River Kayaking - Nishna Bend to Botna Bend on the Nishnabotna River (lunch included)
5-8pm:  Dinner on your own in Harlan, IA
8pm: Gourmet S'mores 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

7-8am: Breakfast
8-10am: Kayak Fishing on Prairie Rose Lake
11am-1pm: Dutch Oven Cooking & Fly-tying
1pm: Departure home


Iowa Wines & More - Wine Tasting
Iowa Wines and More is a wine shop in Harlan that only carries wines that are made in Iowa. They will be bring a variety of their stock for sampling on Friday evening. On Saturday evening we will have some time to go into Harlan for those that would like to purchase bottles.

Recycled Winebottle/Stain glass Windchimes
Corrine Peterson, Naturalist from the Pocahontas County Conservation Board will be joining us to teach us how to make beautiful windchimes using pieces of stained glass or wine bottles, beads, fishing line, and a stick.

Henna Tattoos
Henna Tattoos are decorative tattoos that are brown in color that will last approximately two weeks.  Shawnell Richter and Lydia Goehring will be hand applying unique designs using their own all natural henna paste recipe. 

River Kayaking
The majority of Saturday will be spent kayaking from Nishna Bend Recreation Area in Shelby County to Botna Bend Park in Pottawattamie County on the Nishnabotna River. Nobody knows for sure what Nishnabotna means for certain but it does have something to do with canoeing (paddling). We will pass an eagle nest along the way and will stop for lunch and breaks on sandbars to look for bison bones and other treasures. Before we head out on the river we will talk about what to look for to keep us safe and making paddling easier on the river.

Kayak Fishing
We will spend a portion of Sunday morning doing a little fishing from our kayaks at Prairie Rose State Park. We will fish on the part of the lake that is not used as often. Prairie Rose Lake was renovated a few years ago and fishing has been fantastic since last year. 

Dutch Oven Cooking
For lunch of Sunday we will prepare food and cook in Dutch ovens. We will go over basic care of Dutch ovens and make some delicious food. 

Fly Tying
Anne Riordan from the Iowa DNR will lead us in making our own fishing flies while our Dutch oven lunch is cooking. You can take your flies home and either use them to fish or display them as your own work of art.


Registration is complete upon receipt of your registration, payment and your medical form. Participants are encouraged to complete registration online. If you are unable to do so, please contact Rachel Ladd at 515-729-6037 or for assistance.  

Please note, there is a 12 person minimum. If 12 people are not registered by August 10, 2018, the event will be cancelled and full refunds provided.

Cancellation deadline is August 10, 2018. Cancellations on or before August 10, 2018 will receive a full refund. Registrants who do not attend and who do not cancel by August 10, 2018 will be assessed the full program fee. You may send a substitute in your place.

Participants understand that photographs may be taken during the session and may be used in future promotion of the program.