Register for Iowa Project AWARE

  • We’re excited that you want to volunteer with us for this year’s Iowa Project AWARE.
  • Please register individually for each person in your party who is attending.
  • Please keep in mind that this event is first come, first served, and if registration fills up you may not be able to join us for the river cleanup.
  • The event is subject to change if environmental conditions are too dangerous.
  • Registration accepted until full capacity is reached.
  • Click for details on this year’s route

REGISTRATION WELCOME

 
Daily Registration Fee Type Deadline Daily Fee
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday registration are closed as of May 1.
Pre-Sale April 15 $15/Sun* + $50/day(M-F) +$10** ($275/entire event)
Early Bird May 15 $15/Sun* + $55/day(M-F)  + $10** ($300/entire event)
Regular June 15 $15/Sun* + $65/day(M-F) + $10** ($350/entire event)
Late After June 15 or until registration is closed $15/Sun* + $75/day(M-F) + $10** ($400/entire event)
Other Registration Options
"True Cost" represents the daily average cost per person to cover event expenses if Iowa Project Aware did not receive donations, grants, and sponsorship support.  True Cost minus the daily registration fee is a tax-deductible donation to N-Compass, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit coordinator of Iowa Project AWARE. Until registration is closed $135/day(Su-F) + $10** ($820/entire event)
Cancellation & Refunds June 15 The cancellation and refund deadline is June 15. A 10% processing fee will be applied to all refund requests.
* Sunday registration fee
** American Canoe Association event waiver fee: $10 per person
 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

To register for Project AWARE, please complete the following registration form.
(1900 - 2024)
Grants and sponsorships fund this event and these applications often ask if employees support the event. While submitting your employment information is completely voluntary, doing so may help sustain Project AWARE in the future.

PADDLING/SHUTTLE INFORMATION

If you are using an Iowa Project AWARE canoe, please indicate the day(s) that you actually plan to use it. If you are arriving in the afternoon, you will not need a canoe on that day, or if you are departing in the morning, you will not need a canoe for that day.
If you are bringing a tandem canoe, but you wish to paddle solo, select Solo Canoe. If you are bringing a tandem kayak, but you wish to paddle solo, select Solo Kayak. If you plan to paddle with a partner, select Tandem Canoe or Tandem Kayak.
The use of an appropriately sized, inherently buoyant, Personal Flotation Device (PFD/Life Jacket) is mandatory for any event activities involving or related to water. NO SELF/AUTO INFLATING PFDs are allowed. It is recommended that you bring your own PFD. If you select "no," an orange "keyhole" style PFD will be provided to you. Although uncomfortable, they can still save your life and their use is required.
Shuttle services will be available from the Ankeny and Mount Pleasant areas Sunday, July 7th. Volunteers who are participating the entire week are encouraged to use these services. These shuttles will transport volunteers and their gear from the shuttle meeting locations to Lake Darling State Park (111 Lake Darling Road, Brighton, IA 52540) for the start of the event. Shuttle Information
POST-event shuttles will be available to shuttle volunteers from the Mount Pleasant area back to Ankeny after the conclusion of the event.
For detailed shuttle information, please visit the Project AWARE Shuttle Schedule.

RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY

This Release and Waiver of Liability and Youth Participation Agreement (the “Release”) is executed by the “Volunteer” (indicated below)  in favor of the State of Iowa, N-Compass, Inc., The University of Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Board of Regents-State of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and any federal, state, county, city, nonprofit organization or other agencies, canoe outfitter, partners, landowners, volunteers, participants, coordinators, sponsors, and any of the assigns, officers, servants, agents and employees of the aforementioned persons and entities (hereinafter referred to as “Releasees”). The Volunteer and/or the Volunteer’s minor child(ren) desires to participate on Iowa Project AWARE as a volunteer and to engage in any and all activities available on Iowa Project AWARE, including but not limited to river paddling, portaging, swimming, whitewater rafting, tubing, floating, hiking, riding in vehicles, attending presentations and seminars, picking up, hauling, loading, unloading, and transporting trash and debris, and any other activities available on Iowa Project AWARE (collectively the “Activities”). Any minor children of Volunteer may be referred to as “Child” or “Children.” The Volunteer hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress executes this Release for the Volunteer’s self and for his/her personal representatives, heirs, Children, relatives, and next of kin (collectively “Kin”) agrees to the following terms:

Release, Waiver, and Indemnity: Volunteer agrees and does hereby, for himself/herself and his/her Kin, release, forever discharge, covenant not to sue, indemnify, and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liability, claims, causes of action, judgments, awards, losses, attorney fees, expert fees, costs, expenses, and demands of whatever kind or nature, based in tort, contract, statutory or otherwise, either in law or in equity, relating to or arising out of Volunteer’s or his/her Kin’s Activities. Volunteer, for himself/herself and on behalf of his/her Kin, hereby expressly and specifically assumes full responsibility for all risks related to or arising out of the Activities.

Volunteer, for himself/herself and his/her Kin, understands and agrees that this Release discharges the Releasees from any and all liability, claims, causes of action, judgments, awards, losses, and demands that the Volunteer and his/her Kin may have or obtain against Releasees, including but not limited to those related to or arising out of bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from Volunteer’s or Kin’s Activities, whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence or recklessness of the Releasees. Volunteer and his/her Kin also understand and agree that Releasees do not have any responsibility for or obligation to provide any assistance to Volunteer or his/her Kin, including but not limited to financial, medical, health, disability, long-term care, short-term care, or insurance, in the case of any injury, illness, event, omission, or incident.

Good Samaritan Release: In the event any Releasee renders any first aid, treatment, help, support, or service (collectively “Help”) to Volunteer or his/her Kin or in the event any Releasee fails or refuses to render any such Help, then Volunteer and his/her Kin do hereby release and forever discharge the Releasees from any liability, claims, causes of action, judgments, awards, losses, and demands which relate to or arise from any such Help or lack of Help. This provision is intended to protect Releasees from any Good Samaritan actions or omissions, and this Release shall be interpreted and construed consistently with such intent.

Assumption of the Risk: The Volunteer understands that the Activities may include activities that are hazardous to the Volunteer or his/her Kin, including but not limited to river cleanup, loading and unloading, transportation, paddling, camping, and any other activities, The Volunteer understands that he/she and his/her Kin always have the right to refuse to perform any Activity.

Insurance: The Volunteer understands and agrees that Releasees do not carry or maintain any insurance coverage (health, medical, disability, otherwise) for any Volunteer. Each Volunteer and his/her Kin is expected and encouraged to obtain his/her own insurance coverage.

Photographic Release: Volunteer and his/her Kin do hereby grant and convey unto N-Compass, Inc. all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by N-Compass, Inc. during the Volunteer’s and his/her Kin’s Activities, including but not limited to any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.

Other: Volunteer and his/her Kin agree that this Release is and is intended to be as broad and inclusive in favor of Releasees as permitted by the laws of the State of Iowa, and this Release shall be interpreted and construed consistently with such intent. This Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Iowa, excluding conflict of law principles that would result in application of the laws of any state other than Iowa. Volunteer and his/her Kin agree that venue of any court proceeding related to or arising out of Iowa Project AWARE, any Activities, or this Release shall be brought only in a court located in the State of Iowa. Volunteer and his/her Kin agree that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions of this Release shall continue to be enforceable.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are required to be worn at all times for any Activities involving or related to water. Children require appropriately-sized PFDs. It is the responsibility of the Volunteer and his/her Kin to supply and furnish their own PFDs, and Releasees shall not supply or furnish any PFDs.

All Volunteers and his/her Kin must portage around all dams, obstacles, and obstructions.

If paddling a multi-passenger vessel, all minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a legal adult in said vessel. If paddling a vessel solo, all minors under the age of 16 must be within visual sight of their parent/legal guardian or authorized adult companion.

All Volunteers must adhere to the following code of ethics. 1) Volunteers must request permission from landowners to access private property; 2) Volunteers must offer explanations of who we are and what we are doing; 3) Volunteers must respect property owners’ rights and do not harm private property; 4) Volunteers take complete responsibility for their personal safety.

By checking the box above, you are consenting to the use of this action as your electronic signature in lieu of an original signature on paper.

YOUTH PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT

Youth Participation: Volunteer and his/her Kin agree to the following: Volunteer and any Authorized Adult Companion are familiar with the Activity and have been provided an opportunity to ask questions about the Activity; Volunteer and/or the Authorized Adult Companion shall direct the Children to follow all instructions provided by N-Compass, Inc. or other designated persons/entities of the Activity at all times while participating in the Activity; Volunteer and/or any Authorized Adult Companion shall direct the Children to maintain contact with the Activity group and/or leader at all times; Volunteer and/or the Authorized Adult Companion shall ensure the Children are dressed and equipped appropriately for the weather and conditions of the Activity; Volunteer and/or any Authorized Adult Companion shall be responsible to supervise the Children at all times during the Activity; Volunteer and/or any Authorized Adult Companion has the right to excuse the Children from performing or participating in any Activity; Participation in some and/or all Activity poses some known and inherent dangers to everyone, and in particular to the Children, including but not limited to bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage; some and/or all Activity is particularly dangerous due it occurring in moving water and removing trash and debris, such as, for example, drowning, cutting or abrading skin, and exposure to toxins; Volunteer and/or any Authorized Adult Companion must ensure that any Children must wear a personal flotation device approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and rated for the individual Children at any time the Children are on or in any water, canoe or kayak; and Volunteer and/or any Authorized Adult Companion must ensure that any Children do not trespass on private property and do not touch or handle hazardous materials, trash, or debris; Volunteer and/or any Authorized Adult Companion authorize N-Compass, Inc. to provide or seek any medical treatment or service for the Children in connection with the Children’s participation in the Activity; and Volunteer and/or any Authorized Adult Companion agree that N-Compass, Inc. shall have all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings of the Children made by N-Compass, Inc. during the Children’s participation in the Activity, including but not limited to any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings. Parents/legal guardians and/or authorized adult companions of children under 18 years of age will be solely responsible for the child’s safety. By signing below, any parent/legal guardian of a minor agrees to the terms and conditions of this Release. Volunteer identifies the following individual(s), who are at least 18 years of age, as the Authorized Adult Companion(s) for the Children, (write “Not Applicable” if there is no Authorized Adult Companion):

I “Parent/Guardian” (identified below) authorize the “Volunteer” (identified above) to be accompanied on the trip by “Authorized Adult Companion” (identified below).

By checking the box below, you are consenting to the use of this action as your electronic signature in lieu of an original signature on paper.
Minors must be accompanied by a Parent/Legal Guardian or designated Authorized Companion. As the aforementioned Parent/Legal Guardian of the participating minor noted above, if you will NOT participate in Project AWARE, please select NO and designate an Authorized Adult Companion.

REGISTRATION FEES & CHECKOUT

TOTAL REGISTRATION FEE IS DETERMINED BY THE SELECTED PARTICIPATION DAYS AND REGISTRATION DATE*

OPTIONAL Registration Opportunity

“True Cost” represents the daily average cost per person to cover event expenses if Iowa Project Aware did not receive donations, grants, and sponsorship support.  True Cost minus the daily registration fee is a tax-deductible donation to N-Compass, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit coordinator of Iowa Project AWARE.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: The refund deadline is June 15. A 10% processing fee will be applied to all refund requests. To cancel your registration and/or request a refund, email your request to: info@iowaprojectaware.org

True Cost includes $15 fee +$120 donation for Sunday, $65 fee and $70donation per day Monday thru Friday and $10 ACA Waiver Fee
Has Iowa Project AWARE made a difference in your life? People you know? Would you like to see it become sustainable and continue into the future? Please consider becoming a sponsor by filling out the SPONSOR FORM or by contributing below. Thank you for supporting Iowa Project AWARE!

By clicking SUBMIT you will be redirected to PayPal for registration payment and receive a registration confirmation email with further instructions.  If you are not redirected to PayPal and/or do not receive the confirmation email, please check your email spam/junk folder, then contact us at: info@iowaprojectaware.org

To cancel this AWARE registration and start over, please click: REGISTRATION HOME

To cancel the PayPal transaction after clicking SUBMIT and being redirected PayPal, please select: “Cancel and return to N-Compass Inc.” on the PayPal webpage.

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