American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS)
Promoting participation in the outdoors through education and involvement within a partnership with the Iowa chapter of Safari Club International and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.
The first Iowa AWLS program occurred in 1988 with one or two programs per year since that time. It is a regional offshoot of the National AWLS facility in Jackson Hole, WY and has a well established reputation as a quality outdoor experience that involves the participants in the activities as well as gives them the resources to take them back to their educational settings. The results have been astonishing of what this program has accomplished over the years and what the participants have gained.
Facility and Lodging
The AWLS course is headquartered at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center, located an hour northwest of Des Moines, in Springbrook State Park. The diverse habitats of the surrounding area are ideal for this purpose.
Lodging will be in dormitories with linens (pillow, blanket, sheets, and towels) provided. Shower/restroom facilities are in the buildings. All buildings are smoke-free and air-conditioned. (I have many teachers refer to this as the Marriot of camps.) All meals are included and prepared on site by our concessionaire.
Graduate Credit will be available through Drake University. Traditionally there have been three credits available for the course for an additional fee for the credit, payable at the start of the course. Additional information will be available as the credits are approved each year.
There will also be staff development credit available through Heartland AEA II. This has been at the three credit level and for an additional fee.
The cost of this program ($250) is set to cover the cost of the activities and is usually supported by funds from the Iowa Chapter of Safari Club International.
2014 AWLS Agenda
How to Register:
To register for this course and pay with a credit card, please go online to www.aea11.k12.ia.us. Under the HOME area, click on Professional Development, and then Heartland AEA Professional Development Catalog. On the catalog search page, Enter the Activity Number:
Activity Name: American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) - 3 credits
Activity #: IS018599991501
Dates: July 7, 8, 9 and 10, 214 (paperwork due August 1, 2014)
Contact A. Jay Winter
641-747-8383 ext.11 or AJay.Winter@dnr.iowa.gov.