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.)

Exploring Iowa's Natural Resources blog
Learn fun ways to incorporate natural resources into your classroom.

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.

EnviroScape™
Educators can use this desktop model, developed by the Terrene Institute, to show how human actions impact aquatic resources and how responsible actions can restore and/or protect those resources.

Check with your local county conservation board to see if they have an EnviroScape™ you can borrow.


Mobile Education Exhibit
The "Cause and Effect: Your Eco Story " exhibit, is an all-inclusive experience that includes useful displays, interactive kiosks, educational videos and more to help Iowans of all ages learn about energy and waste topics.


Stream Table
The Stream Table shows participants of all ages how sediment, vegetation, and flowing water work together in a dynamic stream system. The large, water- tight box (measuring 36" x 6' 8") can be used outdoors as well as indoors. It allows the presenter to show a series of events that may take years to occur in a natural system.

Check with your local county conservation boardto see if they have an Stream Table you can borrow.

IOWATER
This volunteer water quality monitoring program includes training, a manual, and equipment for monitoring Iowa waters.

Project Learning Tree's GreenSchools! Program
Through hands-on exercises and service-learning projects, students gain an increased awareness and understanding about environmental issues, the importance of sustainability in their own neighborhood, and their own role and responsibility to protect and improve their community and the environment.


Storm Sewer Stenciling
A community service project for all ages including school environmental groups, girl and boy scout troops, neighborhood associations, civic groups, or church groups. For more information, contact Kathleen Hennings, 515-725-8359, Kathleen.Hennings@dnr.iowa.gov.

Fish Hatcheries & Visitor Centers
The Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau operates several fish hatcheries. All facilities are open for tours.

Springbrook Conservation Education Center
This hands-on center, operated by the Iowa DNR, offers outdoor as well as indoor classrooms and support staff in a scenic setting. With its heated and air-conditioned facilities, it is a popular year round destination for school groups, teachers, organizations, youth groups, and many more.

State Parks & Recreation Areas
Recreation opportunities abound in Iowa State Parks and Recreation Areas. From hiking and camping to bird- watching and bicycling, each park offers outdoor enthusiasts a multitude of diverse and exciting adventures.

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