School Gardens

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Why a school garden? School gardens provide hands-on learning in a wide variety of disciplines including science, math, language arts, and visual arts. Being involved in school gardens gets students … Read more

Phenology at Play

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Looking back over the past year using observations of the natural world, you can start to see seasonal changes. Each week, each month, and each season brings newness to our … Read more

Famous Conservationists

John F Lacey

Famous Conservationists with Iowa Ties! To understand Iowa’s early conservationists we need to examine the world in which they grew up. Many of our early conservationists were growing up when … Read more

Birding

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Bird watching is a great way for children and teens to become aware of birds. Birds can be found anywhere, all year round. You can feed birds outside your window, … Read more

Keeping Classroom Animals

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Animals can be a wonderful resource to enhance learning and understanding in the classroom. Many children today have limited exposure to wildlife and animals. Having an animal in the classroom … Read more

Become a wildlife scientist

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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. … Read more

Celebrate Iowa’s Catfish

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Celebrate National Catfish Day (annually on June 25) by learning more about Iowa’s most abundant and widely distributed sport fish. Catfish are opportunistic bottom feeders that are active at night. … Read more

Native Pollinators

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What is Pollination? Pollination is the process where plants receive pollen from other plants of the same species so they can reproduce and form seeds. Many plants are pollinated by … Read more

Endangered Species Day

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Celebrate Endangered Species Day (20 May 2022) by learning more about Iowa endangered and threatened animals and plants. Find more information about Iowa’s Wildlife Resource Base here and scroll down … Read more

Resources to help with field investigations

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Outdoor experiences in nature increase students’ problem solving abilities and motivation to learn in social studies, science, language arts, and math. Conducting field investigations help students become systems thinkers, learn … 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 2022 Great Backyard Bird Count. Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds … Read more