Iowa State University Extension Wildlife Programs offers several educational programs that are designed to provide opportunities for continuing education, engage citizens in active stewardship of their natural resources and enhance our understanding of the wildlife and the habitats that support them.
Iowa NatureMapping is a statewide wildlife monitoring program, in which citizens are trained in techniques to observe and document Iowa's terrestrial wildlife species and their habitats. Data collected through this program is stored in a central database for use in local and statewide management and research projects.
Iowa Master Conservationist Program
The Iowa Master Conservationist Program is a 32 hour adult environmental education course with an additional requirement of 32 hours of volunteer service. It gives Iowans hands-on interaction with the diversity of Iowa’s natural resources. The program teaches about wildlife and plant communities, and provides accurate information on a broad range of conservation issues. Ultimately, it provides individuals the resources necessary to make informed, intelligent choices for a sustainable lifestyle. “Mastering” is a journey, and this course is the first step.