Master Conservationist Program

Iowa Master Conservationist Program to be offered in Clay County June through August

Master Conservationist

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Clay County Conservation Board will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist Program starting on Wednesday, June 22.


About Master Conservationist

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 Master Conservationist program has seen a lot of popularity recently in surrounding counties, so we are excited to partner with our local conservation board to host this program in Clay County,” said Sarah Dirks, Clay County Adult Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach.

Local Course Information

The Master Conservationist program consists of approximately 12 hours of online curriculum and seven face-to-face learning sessions.

  • Online ModulesThe online modules include lessons and resources from Iowa State University subject-matter experts to be reviewed at the participants’ own pace at home. 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.
  • In-Person Learning SessionsThe seven face-to-face learning sessions will build on the online lessons and be held at various nature and conservation locations in Clay County every Wednesday night from June 22 through August 3. Sessions start with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. Each face-to-face meeting will be led by local experts to demonstrate how the principles covered in the online curriculum play out locally.



Registration Information

Registration fee for the course is $40, which includes all course materials and a light supper at each in-person sessions. The deadline to register is June 17.

Register Online Now!

For more information or assistance registering, contact Sarah at 712-262-2264 or email



The Master Conservationist Program is administered through the Natural Resources team within ISU Extension and Outreach – Agriculture and Natural Resources. The project coordinator and county extension offices collaborate to plan offerings of the program, and a local organizing committee is responsible for planning field visits and classroom discussions that are paired with structured online lessons completed before attending.