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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.

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.

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.



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.

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 board to see if they have an Stream Table you can borrow.

The 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,

Fish Hatcheries & Visitor Centers

The Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau operates several fish hatcheries. All facilities are open for tours.

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.