Central Iowa Sierra Group





PLEASE CALL THE OUTING LEADER IF YOU PLAN TO GO ON ANY OUTINGS.  This helps the outing leader plan and alerts 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 call 415-977-5630.  Carpooling on outings is encouraged but 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.





America’s Arctic – A Priceless Heritage

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain is a vital habitat for some of the world’s most beloved birds as well as caribou, polar bears and more. The Arctic Ocean is a vulnerable region, and home to polar bears, walrus and bowhead whales. America’s Arctic ecosystem in Alaska is unique – we will explore these special places and the ongoing efforts to protect or destroy these national treasures.  Come hear about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America’s Arctic Ocean and what concerned citizens across the country can do to celebrate the natural connection we all have with these special places.  Lois Norrgard, presenting this program, is the Alaska Wilderness League’s Upper Midwest Field Representative, one of 7 outreach staff people across the country, and also coordinates the Alaska Coalition in the region. The Alaska Coalition is a nationwide coalition of over 1500 conservation, sporting, business, labor and religious groups working together to protect Alaska's wild public land.  Central Iowa Sierra public programs are held at Northwest Community Center, 51st Street and Franklin Avenue in Des Moines.  Contact Jane at jrclark@radiks.net or 223-5047 or Karen at kktigges@live.com or 865-8773 for more information about this program.





Sierra Holiday Party

Join us to celebrate the holidays as another year of conservation efforts, learning, and outdoor enjoyment draws to a close.  Recognition of volunteers is planned.  Mark your calendar and plan to bring your favorite holiday treat or beverage to share.  Contact Ginger at soelbergg@gmail.com or 253-0232.  If you have a photo of a favorite outdoor spot, please bring it to share.







Snowshoe Outing or Hike

Meet at the entrance to Easter Lake County Park.  Call Donna at 285-7787 to RSVP and to get information about snow shoe rental.  She will give a lesson if this is your first time.  If there is no snow, we will hike at the park.  Bring a warm drink and snack if you wish.



Northwest Community Center, 7:00 PM

Geologic History of Iowa River Valleys

As a part of the expanded Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Trails Education Programs, Joe Artz of Earthview Environmental, Inc. in Coralville will present a program on the Geologic History of Iowa River Valleys.  We'll learn about the origin and evolution of Iowa's river valleys and the surrounding upland landscape. 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 jrclark@radiks.net for more information about the program. 






Cross Country Ski/Hike

Raccoon River Park

Meet at 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot just off to the right of the entrance to Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines.  Call Donna at 285-7787 to RSVP and for rental information.  Basic instruction will be given for those new to the sport.  If there is no snow, then we’ll take a hike on the trail.  Bring a hot beverage and snack for a warm-up after the hike. 



Northwest Community Center, 7:00 PM

Citizens' Climate Lobby Program

Stephen Biggs of the local Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) group will present the concept of Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation to curb carbon usage and thus start the turnaround needed on climate change.  According to the CCL website (http://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/, Carbon Fee and Dividend is the policy proposal created by CCL to internalize the costs of burning carbon-based fuels. It’s the policy that climate scientists and economists alike say is the best first-step to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic climate change from global warming.  Come and learn about this proposal and its promise for saving our climate.  Central Iowa Sierra public programs are held at Northwest Community Center, 51st Street and Franklin Avenue in Des Moines.  Contact Karen at kktigges@live.com or call 865-8773 for more information about the program. 





Northwest Community Center, 7:00 PM

Conservation Corps

Mark Wilson, Iowa Program Manager for the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa will give an overview of what the Conservation Corps does.  The Conservation Corps provides meaningful work for young people--providing hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work. 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 jrclark@radiks.net for more information about the program. 




Cross-Country Ski Outing to Maplelag Resort

Thursday-Sunday, January 30 - February 2, 2014

Go north January 30- February 2, 2014, for a weekend of cross-country skiing on 64 kilometers of groomed trails at this secluded, family-operated resort near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, voted No. 1 in North America. Ski trails of varying length and difficulty (from beginner to advanced) wind through forests, wetlands, and along lake shores. Amenities include the largest hot tub in Minnesota, steam room, saunas, massage therapists, and a library and game room in the main lodge. All-you-can-eat gourmet meals are served family style in the stained-glass-lined dining room. Between meals, refuel from the free beverage bar and bottomless cookie jars. Brush up on your ski skills with a personalized lesson, or enjoy snow shoeing, ice skating or kick-sledding as well. Our accommodations are in the Northern Pacific Lodge in the spacious, knotty-pine-styled Miles City suite with a living room, 16 beds in 4 sleeping rooms (with accommodations for singles, couples, and small families), 3 bathrooms w/ showers, and a view of the lake.


Two departure options: Leave Thursday morning and arrive at Maplelag in the late afternoon, or leave Thursday evening (with a motel stay in the Twin Cities area Thursday night) and arrive at Maplelag by Friday noon. Return home Sunday after lunch and arrive home Sunday evening. Carpooling may be an option. The $355 fee ($109-$199 for children & teens) includes 2 nights lodging and 6 meals (Friday lunch through Sunday lunch) and is payable to Maplelag at the end of your stay. You can add the additional night Thursday with three additional meals for $89 more ($15-$45 for children & teens). A 10% additional discount applies for families. Cross-country ski and snowshoe rental, ski waxing service, ski lessons, and massages available for additional charges. Initial sign up deadline has passed, but space is still available, so submit your deposit of $100/person or $250/family ASAP to guarantee your spot (and make check payable to Maplelag). Deposits are non-refundable but transferable. Skill level: None required (lessons available). Difficulty level: Easy to strenuous, depending on trails/activities selected. Contact Doug at 515-277-1263 or dra427(at)mchsi(dot)com to sign up. Go to www.maplelag.com for more information about the resort as well.





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