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Friday, August 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM CDT
Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 1:30 PM CDT

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

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Christina Roelofs 
Shelby County Conservation/Iowa DNR 

2021 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 6:30pm on Friday, August 27th, 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 - $80
Friday & Saturday - wine tasting, crafts, and kayaking trip - $65
Saturday only - kayaking trip - $55
Sunday only - wild edibles and Dutch Oven cooking - $20

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 primitive tent camping available at Nishna Bend Recreation Area - behind the Nature Center. Contact Christina for more information -


Tentative Agenda

Friday, August 27 to Sunday August 29

Friday, August 27

6:30 to 7:30 pm - Kayaking practice on the east side of Prairie Rose Lake
7:30 pm – Load up kayaks and head to Nishna Bend
8:00 pm - late - Bonfire and wine sharing at Nishna Bend

Saturday, August 28

7:00 to 7:45 am – Breakfast in the nature center
7:45 to 8:15 am – Pack lunch/snacks for river
8:30 am – on bus to go to Reinig River Access
9/9:30 am – get on Nishnabotna River
3:00 pm-ish – Arrive at Nishna Bend
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm – Down time, clean up
4:45 pm – Meet at the nature center to head to town to eat
6:30/7 - 8:30/9:00 – Crafts (butterfly wing earrings and maybe a second craft)
9:00 pm - late - Campfire 

Sunday, August 29

7:30 am – Breakfast at the nature center
8:30 am – Carpool to Prairie Rose to hike and look for wild edibles
10:45 am – Head back to Nishna Bend
11:00 am – Start on Dutch oven cooking for lunch
12/12:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Head home


River Kayaking
The majority of Saturday will be spent kayaking from Reinig River Access northeast of Harlan and end at Nishna Bend Recreation Area in Shelby 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 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.

Craft & Wine Sampling 
After a day on the river, we will spend Saturday evening making butterfly wing earrings. Please bring your favorite bottle of wine with you so we can each other’s favorites!

Dutch Oven Cooking
Sunday morning we will go for a hike and search for wild edibles at Prairie Rose. Then we will prepare food and cook in Dutch ovens. We will go over basic care of Dutch ovens and make some delicious food for lunch and then head home.  


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 Christina Roelfs at 712-579-1801 or for assistance.  

Please note, there is a 12 person minimum. If 12 people are not registered by August 13, 2021, the event will be cancelled and full refunds provided.

Cancellation deadline is August 13, 2021. Cancellations on or before August 13, 2021 will receive refund minus $25 processing fee. Registrants who do not attend and who do not cancel by August 13, 2021 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.

COVID-19 Precautionary Measures will be implemented.  Social distancing will be established at the nature center and within meeting spaces and/or outdoor areas.