Wildlife is Everywhere

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Wildlife is everywhere – on land, in soil, in water, and in the air. Wildlife scientists study wildlife to learn how they live and interact with the environment. These scientists may focus on one wildlife species or a group of species during their studies. They record observations made with their senses and other tools. Help … Read more

Endangered Species Day

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Celebrate Endangered Species Day (19 May 2017) by learning more about Iowa endangered and threatened animals and plants. Find more information about Iowa’s Wildlife Resource Base here and scroll down to “Current Status of Wildlife in Iowa.” Iowa’s wildlife has changed tremendously since Euro-American settlement (160 years ago). Many species have been extirpated. Others’ populations … Read more

Nature Poetry

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April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with a study of nature poetry! Start by reading nature poems. Depending on the age and level of students make a study of the mechanics of poetry and how to write different kinds of poetry. Check out the list of books tagged ‘environmental writers‘ in our book database to … Read more

National Environmental Education Week

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April 23-29, 2017, registration begins March 15, 2017. National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education. With support from national sponsor, Samsung, EE Week continues its multi-year focus on connecting the environment with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. This year marks the 13th year of celebrating “EE … Read more

Classroom Field Investigations

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Field investigations create an essential link between classroom activities and what students see and experience outside the school settings. They can provide students with examples of how the science concepts they learn in class are used in everyday life. Field investigations encourage students to ask questions, explore, observe, and investigate their local environment. Direct observation … Read more

Counting Birds for Science

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Bundle up, grab your binoculars and head out to count birds for science! Join in on the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count. Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017. Count birds in as many places and … Read more

Celebrating Aldo

Aldo

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher “standard of living” is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. For us of in the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than … Read more

First Day Hikes

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Kick off the new year with a winter hike in an Iowa State Park! The Iowa DNR State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes, led by staff and volunteers, in many state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. America’s State Parks First … Read more