Classroom Resources

Research shows that children who learn and play outdoors do better in school, are healthier, more creative and are better problem solvers. Learn easy ways to teach about Iowa's amazing natural resources and learn on your own with the resources below.

An Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking
Tips for canoeing and kayaking Iowa waters including types of paddling; equipment and terms; basic strokes; paddling safety and tips to plan a canoeing or kayaking trip.


An Introduction to Outdoor Skills in Iowa
Tips for planning outdoor activities including safety, dress, and ethics along with human connections with natural resources.


Conservation Education Resources in Iowa
A list of natural resources agencies and groups that provide resources and information for educators. Federal agencies, state agencies, public universities, county conservation boards and conservation organizations are included. (The list does not include all agencies and organizations.)


Planet Patrol series of short environmental videos (by kids for kids - 10 to 15 year olds)
Each video features environmental stewardship and specific actions Iowa youth and their families can take around the house to reduce their environmental footprint.


Teachers Going Green
A collection of lessons, resources, podcasts and grant opportunities. 


Pond and Stream Mats
Two four-color drawings show areas of a pond and stream. Each measure approximately 3 x 6 feet so they are large enough for several students to gather round. Each set includes several plastic fish that can be placed in different areas to show where they can be found. You can also project the pond and/or stream image on a whiteboard or smart board.

Check with your local county conservation board to see if they have the pond and stream mats you can borrow.


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