An Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking
This module is designed to acquaint students with basic information and skills for canoeing and kayaking on Iowa waters. This is a brief introduction to these outdoor activities. An annotated bibliography of additional resources related to teaching these concepts/skills is included at the end of the module.
An Introduction to Outdoor Skills in Iowa
This module is designed to acquaint students with basic information about Iowa's natural resources; basics for recreating in the outdoors-safety, dress, ethics; and human interactions with natural resources. This is a very brief introduction to these concepts. An annotated bibliography of additional resources related to teaching these concepts/skills is included at the end of the module.
Conservation Class Outlines
Five class outlines were developed for 9-12 Agriculture and Science teachers to provide a beginning point to develop a conservation course. Four of the outlines (aquatics, forestry, soils, and wildlife) are related to the topics of the Conservation Districts of Iowa's (CDI) Envirothon program, while the fifth (invasive species) identifies a current conservation issue of concern in Iowa.
Conservation Education Resources in Iowa
This guide lists agencies and organizations related to natural resources that provide resources and information useful to educators. Federal agencies, state agencies, public universities, county conservation boards, and conservation organizations are included. (The list does not include all agencies and organizations.)
Corridors of Exploration: Iowa's Rivers
This activity guide includes activities that compare/contrast Iowa's current water quality and the quality of water when early explorers visited the state. Some activities are designed to promote problem solving skills, while others are designed for discovery and awareness. Eight rivers are included: Mississippi, Missouri, Boyer, Des Moines, Raccoon, Skunk, Cedar, and Big Sioux.
Exploring Iowa's Natural Resources blog
Learn fun ways to incorporate natural resources into your classroom. A different environmental topic is featured each week.
Outdoor Explorations for Early Learners blog
Learn fun ways to incorporate nature into your early childhood classroom. Activities build on children's sense of wonder and invites them to explore nature and the world around them.
Planet Patrol series of short environmental videos (by kids for kids - 10 to 15 year olds)
Each vignette provides information related to environmental stewardship and specific actions Iowa youth and their families can take around the house to reduce their environmental footprint.
Pond and Stream Mats
Two four-color drawings depict areas of a pond and stream. Each set of mats includes several plastic fish that can be placed in different areas to show where they can be found. Dry erase markers can also be used to draw or write on the mats. Each measure approximately 3 x 6 feet so they are large enough for several students to gather round. 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 to borrow.
Pond and stream mats can be used to introduce, reinforce, or assess understanding of ecological concepts covered in other aquatic education activities including Aquatic WILD (AW), Project WILD (PW), Fish Iowa! (FI), and Growing Up WILD (GUW).
Teachers Going Green
A dynamic collection of lessons, resources, podcasts, and grant opportunities. Each lesson addresses a stated essential concept and skill from the Iowa and/or the Common Core State Standards.