AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) is gearing up for another busy season of travel with the Conservation Station, a mobile learning center that encourages all Iowans to help protect and improve soil and water quality. Requests are now being accepted for 2011 events.
The ILF Conservation Station, launched last spring, was a popular attraction at county fairs, festivals, farmers’ markets, field days and student educational events. More than 4,000 people visited the Conservation Station at 50 different events in 2010.
Through demonstrations, dialogue, computer animations, interactive activities, video and sound, the Conservation Station teaches people of all ages why Iowa’s water and soils are precious and how they can help protect these natural resources. Its rainfall simulator illustrates the effects of rainfall on the land, collecting surface water runoff and subsurface drainage on various land surfaces both urban and rural.
For a listing of events, visit the Conservation Station page on the Iowa Learning Farms website at www.extension.iastate.edu/ilf. To request the Conservation Station for an event, there is a form on this page that can be downloaded and emailed or mailed to ILF. There is no fee to have the Conservation Station at events.
Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources; in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and the Iowa Farm Bureau.
[PHOTO] Conservation Station in Louisa County - 996KB
Caption: The Iowa Learning Farms’ Conservation Station travels the state teaching people of all ages about the importance of soil and water. ILF staff members demonstrate the rainfall simulator and Enviroscape model to participants at Running Wild in Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge near Wapello last summer.