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Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:30 PM CDT
Sunday, August 25, 2019 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 

2019 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 5:30pm on Friday, August 23rd, 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
Saturday only - kayaking trip - $50
Friday & Saturday - wine tasting, crafts, and kayaking trip - $60
Sunday only - wild edibles and Dutch Oven cooking - $20
Saturday & Sunday - kayak trip, wine tasting, wild edibles, 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

5:30pm – Arrive, set up camp at Nishna Bend (or wait until later)
6:00-7:00 pm Kayaking practice on the east side of Prairie Rose Lake
7:30-9:00 pm Crafty stuff

Saturday, August 25, 2018

7:00-8:00am: Breakfast and pack lunch for the river
8:00-8:30am: Travel to River
8:30-4:00pm:  River Kayaking - Nishna Bend to Botna Bend on the Nishnabotna River (lunch included)
5:30pm: Go to town for supper on your own
7:00-8:00pm:  Wine tasting at Iowa Wines and More
8pm: Optional campfire and stargazing 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

7:30am: Breakfast and pack up
8:30am: Carpool to Prairie Rose State Park for wild edible foraging
11:00am: Return to Nisha Bend to prepare lunch
Noon: Lunch and evaluation discussion
1:00pm: Depart for 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.

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.

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. 


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 9, 2019, the event will be cancelled and full refunds provided.

Cancellation deadline is August 9, 2019. Cancellations on or before August 9, 2019 will receive refund minus $10 processing fee. Registrants who do not attend and who do not cancel by August 9, 2019 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.