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Welcome to Iowa Outdoor Unlimited!

Iowa Outdoor Unlimited (IOU) was founded in 2005 with the vision, dedication and hard work of Mike Coonan, Sara Hollerich, Stacey Sieloff and Emily Vaughn.  Since then we have camped, kayaked, canoed, caved, cross-country skied, downhill skied, climbed and done many other outdoor activities

Who we are:

Iowa Outdoor Unlimited (IOU) is a group of like minded people who enjoy spending time in the outdoors. We were founded in 2005 and since then have camped, kayaked, canoed, caved, cross-country skied, downhill skied, climbed and done many other outdoor activities. As our name suggests we want to be unlimited in the types of outdoor activities we try. During our first year we had 26 different events and did our best to educate members on those sports. A focus of our group is to band together to teach each other about the great outdoors and outdoor sports. Everyone 18 and older is welcome to join our group. After all we were founded to help people make connections so you never have to go it alone.

Iowa Outdoor Unlimited (IOU) will hold its summer monthly meetings at local parks in the Des Moines area.  Its always the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The meeting will feature upcoming events, a review of past events and a chance to meet other Iowa outdoor enthusiasts. E-mail for more information.

 Mission Statement

IOU strives to share the experiences and appreciation of the great outdoors by facilitating the organization of economical cost-shared trips, arranging informative programs, teaching respect for the environment, providing opportunities for leadership development and experiencing new aspects of the outdoors.

We will strive to:

  • Attain the highest standards.
  • Act in in an open and responsible manner.
  • Provide a broad variety of activites.
  • Provide education about outdoor activities and environmental issues.


We are looking for people who would like to present a short program or demonstration at the monthly meetings.  If you have any ideas for programs you would like to see, please let us know.

The meetings include presentations and informative discussions of topics such as: past trips, promotions of upcoming events, wilderness preservation, leave no trace, equipment reviews, and tips/techniques to make your outdoor experiences great.  IOU will offer outdoor adventures at all times of the year.  IOU invites individual members to share and lead outings with other members.  Meetings are held in a variety of places including outdoors.  Please see the FAQ for more information.