What is a flood?

Des Moines River out of its banks

A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land which is normally dry. Floods occur when there is more water in a river, lake, or stream than the body … Read more

Citizen Science in the Classroom

testing o2 levels

Citizen science projects in the classroom combine useful observation or data collection with an opportunity for students to learn more about scientific principles, problems, and processes as well as helping … Read more

What is a watershed?

DSM River corridor

A Watershed is an area of land that allows water to flow over or under its surface into a particular body of water. The boundaries of a watershed are determined … Read more

Let’s keep wildlife wild

fawn

It is that magical time of year again when baby wildlife are born and hatched. We often stumble upon these cute critters when we are outside enjoying nature. If you … Read more

Iowa Invertebrates

crawdad

More than 97% of the animal species on Earth are invertebrates. Invertebrates are small animals that do not have backbones. There are many types of invertebrates, from fluid-filled jellyfish, and … Read more

To Zone or Not to Zone

There are many issues involved when we are deciding how to utilize the land and our natural resources. How do we decide where to build new housing developments? How do … Read more

Nature Photography for Children

Maple's camera

Create Your Own Backyard Field Guide Children love cameras and children love nature. Combine the two and you have with a wonderful project to fill your days. We are going … Read more

A breath of fresh air

county park in the fall

Just 15 minutes outdoors makes children happier and more relaxed! The same holds true for adults. Tips for planning outdoor time into your day. For parents: Do homework outside Add … Read more