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Naturalist Dave Murcia helps tandem kayakers Zach Brown, 16, of Eldridge and Drew Irion of Bettendorf set off last August from shore at Scott County Park's Pride Lake. Murcia covers basic paddling technique and safety precautions to be taken on the water during his free outings. 

To submit an event for the Outdoors calendar, contact Quad-City Times reporter Jack Cullen at

Turkey hunting

WHEN: Remaining season dates in Iowa: April 25-May 1; May 2-20; April 16-May 20 (archery). Remaining season dates in northern Illinois: April 27-May 2; May 3-May 9; May 10-May 17. 

WHERE: Iowa and Illinois

DETAILS: Bring your bird to E-Z Livin' Inc. to enter the store's contest. Heaviest bird wins a new turkey decoy. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a Winchester SXP shotgun. Call 309-787-2244 for more information. 

Gilda's Run for Laughs

WHEN: 8 a.m. today

WHERE: The District of Rock Island

DETAILS: 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run; Go to for more information. 

Corpuscle Shuffle 

WHEN: 8 a.m. today

WHERE: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, 5500 Lakeview Parkway, Davenport

DETAILS: 5K and 1-mile run/walk; Go to for more information. 

Rooftop yoga

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. Saturdays April 28-Sept. 29

WHERE: UP Skybar, The Current Iowa, 215 N. Main St., Davenport

DETAILS: Class size limited to 40. $15 per person, $3 mat rentals. Go to for more information.

Girls on the Run Celebration

WHEN: 9 a.m. today

WHERE: Credit Island Park, 2200 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: 5K; Go to for more information. 

Prairie Hike

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Geneseo Prairie Park, Roos Hill Road, Geneseo

DETAILS: Walk along a woodland bluff that overlooks the Hennepin Canal with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. Water provided; bring your own cup. Go to for more information.

Onesie Ride

WHEN: 3 p.m. today

WHERE: Front Street Brewery Taproom, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: Join members of the River Benders Cycling Group on this 15-mile ride with stops at Driftwood Pub, My Place the Pub, Bleyart's and Armored Gardens. Go to for more information.

Walleye fishing tournament

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE: Riverside Park, 101 W. Mississippi Drive, Muscatine

DETAILS: Call E-Z Livin' Inc. at 309-787-2244 to register. Go to for more information about the Quad-City Walleye Club. 


WHEN: 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29

DETAILS: Marathon, half marathon and 5K; Go to for more information. 

Spurthi – A Race to Inspire 

WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, Bettendorf

DETAILS: 5K run/walk; Go to for more information. 

Full Pink Moon Hike

WHEN: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 30

WHERE: Phipps Prairie Park, 12th Avenue of the Cities, East Moline

DETAILS: Join members of the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club on this wildflower hike. Participants may also visit the nearby Sisters Park in Silvis. Contact event coordinator Chris Ciasto at to register. Go to for more information.

Hunter Education Course

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Wapsi Valley Ikes, 2454 260th Ave., DeWitt

DETAILS: Go to for more information.

Beginning Birding

WHEN: 6:30-9 a.m. Wednesday, May 2

WHERE: Nahant Marsh Education Center, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Participants will learn how to identify birds and their habitats with ornithologist Kelly McKay, who will lead tours around the Marsh. Sponsored by the Quad-City Audubon Society. Cost is $6 for Nahant members; $12 for guests. Go to or call 563-336-3370 for more information. 

Canoe/Kayak Experiences

WHEN: 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 2

WHERE: Pride Lake, Scott County Park, 18850 270th St., Eldridge

DETAILS: Free outing for paddlers of all levels. Naturalist Dave Murcia will provide equipment and instruction. Dress appropriately and bring water. Call 563-328-3286 to reserve a spot.

Spring Bird Count

WHEN: Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Illinois

DETAILS: Nature enthusiasts may participate in the 59th annual Illinois Spring Bird Count by counting birds at a park, their neighborhood or at their personal feeders. Contact Tim Murphy at 309-764-9779 for more information.

Tailwind Century

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Ben Butterworth Parkway, 5466 Old River Drive, Moline

DETAILS: 100-mile ride hosted by the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club. Participants and their bikes will be transported by bus to starting point before pedaling back to the Quad-Cities. Go to for more information.

Cornbelt Running Club 24-Hour Run

WHEN: 7 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: North Scott High School, Eldridge

DETAILS: "Very long"; Go to for more information. 

Catfish Tournament

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Marquette Street boat landing, 473 S. Marquette St., Davenport

DETAILS: Entry fee costs $130 per boat. Up to three people allowed in each boat, which may carry a max of four rods. Five fish limit. Hosted by Twisted Cat Outdoors based in Warsaw, Illinois. Go to or call 217-242-5305 for more information.

Steve Klooster Memorial Run/Walk at Dutch Days

WHEN: 7:45 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Robert Fulton Community Center, Fulton, Ill.

DETAILS: 5K run/walk and children's 1/4-mile fun run; Go to for more information.

Muscatine Community School District Race for the Schools

WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Muscatine High School

DETAILS: 5K run/jog/walk and 1-mile timed race; Go to for more information.

Cinco de Mayo 5K

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Ganzo's Mexican Restaurant, Davenport

DETAILS: 5K run/walk and children's 1-mile or 1/2-mile fun run; Go to for more information. 

Tour de Brew Q-C

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: The fifth annual ride begins at Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island

DETAILS: Ride will span about 40 miles along the Mississippi River and include stops at breweries and pubs in Iowa and Illinois. Proceeds will benefit three cancer charities: Camp Kesem at Augustana College, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and Children's Cancer Connection based in Des Moines. Registration covers a ride on the Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport. Go to for more information.

Garlic Mustard Pull

WHEN: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 1201 State Ave., Hampton, Illinois 

DETAILS: Volunteers needed to help remove invasive plant species throughout the park. Trash bags and water will be provided. Gloves, long pants and work boots or tennis shoes are encouraged. Meet at the overlook trailhead parking lot off Illinois 84. Call 309-496-2620 for more information. 

Guided Nature Hike

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Nahant Marsh, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Participants will join a Naturalist for a guided hike along the trails at the Marsh. Hikes are offered on the first Saturday of the month and give visitors an opportunity to experience the environmental changes as the plants and wildlife adapt to the seasons. Suggested $5 donation. Call 563-336-3373 for more information.  

Walk MS

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, Bettendorf 

DETAILS: Go to for more information. 

Wildflower Hike

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5 

WHERE: Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon 

DETAILS: Join naturalist Michael Granger for a tour of the Wapsi woods in search of spring wildflowers, including bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches, trout lily and Jacob's ladder. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

Mississippi Palisades Hike

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Mississippi Palisades State Park (south entrance), 16327A Illinois 84, Savanna, Illinois

DETAILS: Enjoy a spectacular display of wildflowers and breathtaking views of the Mississippi River during this outing on challenging trails with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. Bring picnic gear and a dish to share for the potluck. Beverages provided. Bring your own cup. Go to for more information.

Moonlight Frog Chorus

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 3155 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Naturalist Mike Granger will lead a lesson on identifying the various calls made by frogs and toads that inhabit the area. Bring a flashlight and waterproof footwear for an evening of frog catching. Call 563-328-3286 to register. 

Star Party

WHEN: Dusk on Saturday, May 5

WHERE: Monsignor Menke Observatory, Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Free tour of the night sky provided by Dr. Mitchell, director of the observatory. Call 563-333-6141 on the day of the event for a recorded message confirming whether the star party will take place or must be canceled because of inclement weather. 

QCBC Spring Picnic

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6

WHERE: Illiniwek Forest Preserve shelter, 836 State Ave., Hampton, Illinois

DETAILS: Hy-Vee is catering the lunch, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Attendees may participate in one of four pre-meal rides. Go to for more information.

"The Romance of Sylvan Island"

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6

WHERE: Sylvan Island, 101 1st Ave., Moline 

DETAILS: The free 45-minute play sponsored by River Action and Moline Parks involves a 1-mile walk around the island. Contact Chuck Oestreich at 309-788-1845 for more information. 

Hidden Gem Tour

WHEN: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, May 7

WHERE: Meet at Nahant Marsh Education Center, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Attendees will carpool to Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City for a guided hike through one of the unique parts of the park. Bob Bryant and Brian Ritter will discuss some of the rare plants and animals found at Loud Thunder. Cost is $10 for Nahant members; $15 for guests. 


Jack Cullen covers health, wellness and outdoor recreation for the Quad-City Times.