Central Iowa Group
CENTRAL IOWA SIERRA
CLUB SPRING/SUMMER 2013 CALENDAR
PLEASE CALL THE OUTING LEADER IF YOU PLAN TO
GO ON ANY OUTINGS. This helps the outing leader plan and alert you to possible
changes. Everyone, including non-members,
is welcome to attend programs and outings. Children are also welcome to attend
with their parents or caretakers unless otherwise indicated by the outing
leader. In order to participate in an outing,
you (or your parent or guardian if under 18) will need to sign a liability
waiver. To read a copy of the waiver, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/
or call 415-977-5630.
Carpooling on outings is encouraged. However, it is strictly a private
arrangement among participants, and participants assume all risks associated
with such travel. All telephone numbers in this
listing are area code 515 unless otherwise indicated.
Invasive Species Removal
Volunteer at Yellow Banks County Park for invasive species removal beginning in
April every Monday night at 6 p.m. Meet at the maintenance shed just inside the
park and wear heavy work shoes or boots, sturdy gloves, long sleeves and long
Difficulty level: Moderate. Contact Penny at 262-1224 to sign up or to check on
Tuesday Weekly Hikes Begin
Sierra Club Tuesday Evening Hikes resume on April 23. Hikes are held at a
different location each week around the Greater Des Moines Area, begin at 6:30
p.m., and end around 8 p.m. This is a great way to get to know hiking areas you
may have never visited, or to revisit old favorite trails. For all hikes, please
contact the hike leader to sign up each week so you can get directions and be
notified if there is any change in plans. You may request to be placed on an
email list to be notified of each week’s hike and any changes by contacting Jane
at firstname.lastname@example.org . Difficulty level is usually easy to moderate. Hiking
boots or sturdy walking shoes are recommended, as are light weight long pants,
mosquito repellent and water. Bring rain gear whenever the weather suggests a
chance of rain. If temperatures are very hot or there are lightning storms the
event may be cancelled so please contact the hike leader.
TUESDAY, APRIL 23: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Margo Frankel Woods State Park
Margo Frankel Woods is a good place to find wildflowers and welcome spring.
Follow NE 2nd Avenue (Hwy 415) about 2 miles north of I-80/35. The park is
located on the east side of the road, just south of NW 66th Avenue between Des
Moines and Ankeny. We will meet in the parking lot. Contact Peggy at 285-6864 or
email@example.com for information. Difficulty: moderate, hilly terrain.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Thomas Mitchell Wildflower Hike
Celebrate Iowa Wildflower Week at Thomas Mitchell County Park in eastern Polk
County. Meet at the McDonald’s parking lot in Pleasant Hill. Contact Jackie at
577-0375 for more information. Difficulty: moderate, hilly terrain.
TUESDAY, MAY 7: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Fort Des Moines County Park
This is a pretty wooded area adjacent to the Blank Park Zoo and Golf Course.
Take old Army Post Road on the south side of Des Moines and turn south on S.E
5th Street for about 1/2 mile and enter the park. Meet at the first shelter
area. Contact Jackie at 577-0375 for more information. Difficulty: easy.
TUESDAY, MAY 14: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Walnut Woods State Park
Join us for a bird hike and nature walk at Walnut Woods State Park in West Des
Moines. Meet in the picnic area at the circle drive found inside the east
entrance to the park. Bring binoculars and wear appropriate footwear! Contact
Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 223-5047 for more information.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15: 7:00P.M.
Butterflies, by Nathan Brockman
Nathan Brockman is the Curator of the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing at Reiman
Gardens. Reiman Gardens is a year-round facility located in Ames and is owned by
Iowa State University. The Gardens provide opportunities for learning through a
year-round education program and special events. Central Iowa Sierra public
programs are held at Northwest Community Center, 51st Street and Franklin Avenue
in Des Moines. Contact Jane at 223-5047 or email@example.com for more
information about the program.
TUESDAY, MAY 21: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Brown’s Woods, West Des Moines
This is a hilly, densely wooded area. Take 63rd Street south to Browns Woods
Drive. Turn west and go about 1/2 mile till you see the brown sign for Brown’s
Woods on the north side of the street. It could be muddy at that time of year so
wear good hiking shoes. Contact Renata at 277-0218 to sign up. Difficulty:
Moderate to difficult.
TUESDAY, MAY 28: HIKE, 6:15 P.M.
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Meet in the parking lot of the Pleasant Hill McDonalds at 6:15 p.m. Arrive at
the Refuge about 6:30 p.m. to hike the Tallgrass Trail. Catch glimpses of
butterflies and songbirds among the spring prairie. Afterward, take an optional
drive through the bison range to perhaps get an up-close look at these large
prairie inhabitants. Contact Peggy at 285-6864 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign
up and get directions. Difficulty level: easy to moderate.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines
Meet at the dog run area on the east end of the park near the softball fields.
You may enter the park from 63rd St. at a 4-way stoplight just south of Railroad
Ave. Or go out on Grand Ave and enter the park there, turn left and proceed past
the Lodge. Long pants, good shoes/boots and bug repellent recommended as this
will be an off-trail trek. Contact George at 745-7563 for more information.
Difficulty level: easy to moderate.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8: BIKE RIDE, 10 A.M.
High Trestle Trail, Madrid
The ride will be from Madrid to Woodward and back, crossing over the Des Moines
River on the High Trestle Bridge. We’ll start from Jensen Park in Madrid at
10:00 A.M. Directions to the park: Take Hwy. 141 to Granger to pick up Hwy. 17.
Go north on Hwy. 17 into Madrid. Turn left (East) onto E. 6th Street (at the Vet
Clinic.) Go about 1/2 mile to S. Main Street and turn right (North) and go to W.
3rd and Main. The park is on the right. You may bring a sandwich and a snack to
share after the ride if you wish. It may take an hour or so to make the drive,
unload bikes, etc. so please plan accordingly so we can leave at 10:00. Contact
Ginger at 253.0232 or email@example.com with questions. Bring a water bottle and
helmets are required. Difficulty: easy to moderate.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Maffit Reservoir, West Des Moines
A little known park with wide hiking trails amid forested areas surrounding a
quiet lake. Meet at the west entrance to the park (after driving over the dam)
and we will carpool from there. This is a long walk of close to 2 hours. As
always, boots, water and bug repellent are recommended. Contact Jackie at
577-0375 for information or directions. Difficulty level: easy to moderate.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, JUNE 14-15: CAMPING
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
8700 NE 126th Ave. Maxwell
This is a beautiful Polk County Park with restored prairie and wetland complexes
and available canoe rental. Contact Sandy at 343-0512 for information. Sandy
will be there no later than 5 PM on June 14th. Look for the pink flamingo at the
TUESDAY, JUNE 18: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Jester Park, Granger
We will take advantage of several of the hiking trails that Jester County Park
in northwest Polk County has to offer. Meet at the parking lot just inside the
park entrance at 6:30 p.m. Contact Ginger at 253.0232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Neal Smith Trail along Des Moines River
Take Morningstar Drive which parallels the east side of the Des Moines River and
is north of Euclid Ave.(take 12th Street north from Euclid) if you are coming
from the south. Go over the I-80/35 overpass if going north and travel 1/3 mile
and there is a small gravel parking lot on the west side of the road where we
will meet. If coming from the north, take NW 26th Street south from NW 66 to the
small gravel parking lot on the west side of the road. Look for the party
balloons! Contact George at 745-7563 for more information. Difficulty: easy
TUESDAY, JULY 2: NO HIKE
TUESDAY, JULY 9: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
The Principal Riverwalk, Des Moines
The Principal Riverwalk features lighted, landscaped public spaces, world-class
public art and unique pedestrian bridges and pathways with many focal points
along the way. Meet at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden located at 909
Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, to walk downtown on the
Riverwalk. Contact Etta at 778-3495 or
email@example.com for more information. Difficulty level: easy.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, JULY 12-13: CAMPING
Yellow Banks Park
6801 SE 32nd Ave. Pleasant Hill
This is a great Polk County Park along the Des Moines River with ample hiking
trails and a tent area which overlooks the river. Call Penny at 782-6292 for
questions. Camp setup will be Friday evening with supper on your own. You may
come either night or both.
TUESDAY, JULY 16: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Trestle to Trestle Trail, Des Moines
This paved trail parallels the Des Moines River. Take Beaver Avenue north to
where it connects to Lower Beaver Drive. Turn right or east. Go just past Bob
Lenc Landscape on your right. We will meet at a small paved parking lot on the
north side of the street. Contact George at 745-7563 for questions.
TUESDAY, JULY 23: HIKE, 6:15 P.M.
Annett Nature Center, Indianola
Meet at Southridge Mall in Des Moines at 6:15 p.m. in the northeast parking lot
near Petco and we will carpool from there. This is a lovely place near Lake
Ahquabi with mowed paths which includes prairie areas, wetlands and woodlands.
Contact Peggy at 285-6864 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to sign
up. Difficulty: moderate
SATURDAY, JULY 27:
1650 118th Ave, Indianola
This is a popular central Iowa state park with available canoe/kayak rental.
Contact Sandy at 515-343-0512 or show up and look for the pink flamingo! Sandy
will be there no later than 2 PM on that Saturday.
TUESDAY, JULY 30: HIKE, 6:30 P.M.
Five Bridges along Neal Smith Trail
Meet at the Casey’s on the south side of Polk City just east of the Mile Long
Bridge. We will travel to the entrance of Big Creek State Park where there is a
parking lot. From there we will get on the recreation trail, where there are 5
wooden bridges running along Big Creek Lake and Saylorville Lake. The trail is
paved and mostly wooded and the hike will take about 90 minutes. Contact Jackie
at 577-0375 to let her knowyou’re coming. Difficulty level: easy to moderate