Birding with Children

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Bird watching is a great way for children to become aware of birds. Birds can be found anywhere, all year round. Gather the basic gear: a field notebook, a field … Read more

Developing a Sense of Place

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What is a “Sense of Place”? A “sense of place” refers to a child’s connection with their community and natural environment. A sense of place is developed with a place-based … Read more

Great American Backyard Campout

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On June 24, 2017 all across the country families will be camping out in their backyards as part of the Great American Backyard Campout. Explore the wonderful world of camping … 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 … Read more

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

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Learn more about Iowa invasive species as we celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week February 27 to March 3, 2017. What are invasive species? Invasive species are species of organism … 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 … Read more

Using Local History

A human community is a group of people who live and interact with one another in a specific region under relatively similar environmental, social, and political conditions. A natural community … Read more