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IOU is an outdoor-enthusiast, adventure-seeking, and equipment-sharing club based in Des Moines. Composed of individuals of all ages, professions, interests and abilities. IOU is an excellent catalyst for getting outside to play!


In 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 - IOU was nominated for Volunteer Group of the Year

by Polk County Conservation. IOU won the award for Volunteer Group of the Year in 2013 and member Michael Dunkin won for Individual Volunteer of the year 2013. Great job to all of the volunteers!


In September 2016 three IOU members traveled to Yellowstone National Park, WY to participate in National Public Lands day. They had the special opportunity to meet up with club Founder, Mike Coonan and volunteer for 2 days, helping to do prep work for the volunteer work day. They particpated in a trail rehab project in Mammoth Hot Springs.


IOU exists because of it's members please come and meet other members and see what interests you have in common.


IOU is looking for event and trip leaders.  Do you have something you've been itching to do, but didn't have a group to share with?  Contact us and let us know, we can help organize.

Event: TBA

When: TBA

Where: TBA


Interested in organizing a trip or outing contact Mel Ritter via email at  


Board Members:


Click on the names to see bios!


President.....................Melissa Ritter

Vice President.............Terry McIntosh

Treasurer/Membership......Melissa Ritter

2017 Membership Dues

Membership dues are $10 per year, and we will start collecting dues in November for 2017.  Monthly meetings, events and outings are open to the public.  You must be current on your dues and sign a waiver for any overnight IOU trip/event. You also must be a current active dues paid member to use any IOU gear, deposit may be required.