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Buy yourself, a child or grandchild an EXTREME OUTDOOR experience
                                       
We invite you and your family to get off the couch, put away the electronic games and get out and experience these
adrenaline filled opportunities to experience the Iowa Outdoors in ways you may not have tried or even known existed
as options. There are exciting opportunities for all ages and skill levels.
 
Extreme Outdoors is a series of adventuresome, fun, challenging, exhilarating and safe outdoor recreational activities
sponsored by naturalists with Buchanan, Bremer, Benton, and Chickasaw Counties. Limited transportation may be
available from these local County Conservation offices - please call your county office to inquire. 
Each activity will be
led by experienced professionals. 
 
Scott Grahm, author of Extreme Kids, describes Extreme this way: “It is about excitement, but in a fully safe manner. 
It is about personal growth through new accomplishments. It is not about defying death. Just the opposite, in fact.
 
Extreme is about reveling in life
.”


  PLEASE Pre-Register by calling 319-636-2617
or email [email protected]


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                                           on other 2014 Extreme Outdoor Events 

                               
Whitewater Kayaking; Riverfront Park, Charles City - 2 SPACES REMAIN
July 30 – 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
Fee $40 per person - minimum age 10

Take advantage of this opportunity to brave the rapids of Iowa’s only
whitewater park. The course is built on the river as a means to mitigate the
danger of the old low flow dam at the site and now provides a safe - but
challenging - whitewater experience. There are 3 main features to the
course: Dam drop, Doc's Drop and Exit Exam. All three have pools below for
recovery and have alternate "safer chutes" on the left to bypass the bigger
wave action.
The event will be led by an ACA certified instructor from Crawdaddy Outdoors.
Participants will be taught the basics of kayaking and whitewater kayaking.
Kayaks, life preservers and all other equipment will be provided. All
participants will need to bring their own sack lunch and of course plenty of
                                                           water to drink throughout the day.

 

 

 Bowfishing; Mahaska County - ONLY 5 SPACES REMAIN
August 9 - 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Russell Wildlife Area, 2254 – 200th Street, New Sharon, IA 50207

Fee - $15 per person - minimum age 10





Participants will learn about which fish to shoot,
equipment, safety, laws and ethics and much more. 

Of course, everyone will be able to shoot, first at targets
on and under the water, then we will go riverside to see
what's available.
                                                                    
 



 

 



                                        

                                           Primitive Tools (atlatl & flintknapping); Vinton

                                        September 13 – 10 am - noon; Fee $8/person


Join State Archeologist Mark Anderson and Benton County Naturalist Aaron
Askelson as we take a trip back into the Ice Age. Participants will learn about
flint knapping (making stone tools) and then get to try their hand at throwing
the Atlatl (ancient spear thrower). There will also be other tools used by the
people of the ice age to view and learn about. Cost of the event will be
$8 per person, children under 5 get in for free when accompanied by an adult.
 










Hot Air Ballooning and Fall Colors            
August 23, September 27 and October 4 (see below for time details)
$225 per person - 2 per balloon (2-3 balloons available)

  

A hot air balloon ride lasts approximately one hour.  Flights are in the morning about sunrise (or if morning
conditions are not ideal, late afternoon about two hours before sunset, weather permitting. Your ballooning
experience usually takes about two hours, including launch, flight, recovery and returning to the launch field. 
We wait to inflate the balloon until you arrive.  It only takes about ten minutes and you are gently lifting off
beginning a magical experience.  Your flight path will be determined by the direction of the wind.  You could
find yourself floating over a tree line, over the city of Cedar Rapids or out in the countryside.  It’s your own
private guided aerial tour of the area. 
If weather conditions are not suited for flight, you will be given a
certificate to be used for a future flight that you can schedule with the pilot.




Winter Camping; Fontana Park
December 6-7 Beginning at 1 pm Saturday.
Fee $25 per person Limited to 12 participants.

  We will set up equipment and build our shelters (either tents or
  debris shelters) for the night as well as collecting firewood. 
  It is important to pace our activity to prevent sweating that could
   cause chilling later.  Meal cost included for supper and breakfast.
   All equipment is available - we need to know what you will need.  
   Minimum age 10; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
   (who may choose to stay in cabin)