Course will provide hands-on interaction with Iowa’s rich natural resources
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist Program in Adair and Cass County as a join program between the two county Extension Offices this summer and fall. The program will take place at outdoor parks and public areas within the two counties, providing participants with hands-on interaction with the diversity of the state’s natural resources. The program teaches about Iowa’s natural ecosystems and the diversity of conservation challenges and opportunities that exist in the region. Graduates of the course learn to make informed choices for leading and educating others to improve conservation in Iowa.
The program consists of approximately 12 hours of online curriculum and six face-to-face meetings. The online modules will include lessons and resources by Iowa State subject-matter experts to be reviewed at the participants’ own pace at home or at their local County Extension office. Module topics include conservation history and science, understanding Iowa ecosystems, implementing conservation practices in human dominated landscapes and developing skills to help educate others about conservation practices.
An orientation meeting will take place on Tuesday May 30th at Lake Anita State Park, beginning at 6 PM. A total of six face-to-face meetings will build on the online lessons and be held at different locations in Adair and Cass County one evening per month from June-October of 2023. All meetings in July- October will begin at 6 PM and last from 2-3 hours depending on the topic. Each face-to-face meeting will be led by local subject-matter experts to demonstrate how the principles covered in the online curriculum and play out locally. NEW: Our June meeting will be a combined regional meeting with the Harrison County Master Conservationist Class! We will meet on Thursday evening June 29 at a park just outside Woodbine at 5:30 PM. Registration is still open for this program up until this first hands-on session on June 29. Pre-class materials will be sent out after registration is received.
Registration for the course is $50 per person and is due at the time of registration. To register or with questions, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Adair County at 515-231-2741 or Cass County at 712-243-1132 or download the registration form below. Registration will remain open until our first hands-on learning session on June 29. Call today for details!