Water Rocks! Summer Outreach Request Portal Is Open for Presentations and Conservation Station Trailers

Free youth education sessions and appearances can be requested through April 1

March 11, 2024, 9:43 am | Ann Staudt, Jacqueline Comito

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs Water Rocks! and Iowa Learning Farms have opened the request portal for free programming visits during the upcoming summer months. Visits may be requested for Mondays through Saturdays between June 1 and Aug. 30. There is no cost to request or host one of these events, thanks to the support of generous funding partners.

“Each summer we cover as much of Iowa as possible with our teams of Iowa State faculty, staff and student interns, providing opportunities for Iowans of every age to learn more about water quality, natural resources and ways to participate in building a culture of conservation in our state,” said Jacqueline Comito, director of Water Rocks! and Iowa Learning Farms. “Whether working with a group of kids at a summer camp or seeing hundreds of people at a county fair visit with a Conservation Station trailer, we relish the opportunity to engage with Iowans about the importance of water quality and conservation to our lives.” Conservation Station Trailer.

Summer outreach offerings

Water Rocks! Summer Presentations for youth groups and events. Perfect for summer schools, camps and library summer reading programs, Water Rocks! brings structured 30-to-45-minute learning sessions about a single topic area (water, wetlands, ecosystems, pollinators), jam-packed with hands-on activities, natural resources-focused games, and exposure to select learning elements that complement and reinforce science lessons they may have covered in school. These presentations are not accompanied by the Conservation Station.

Conservation Station Trailers will make one-day visits to community events such as fairs, festivals and farmers markets. Water Rocks! and Iowa Learning Farms staff provide visual demonstrations and engage adults and youth in learning about the impacts of land management choices, both urban and agricultural, on water quality and the connections between our state’s water, soil and wildlife. The award-winning Conservation Station trailers are also equipped for independent browsing and learning by visitors looking to learn at their own pace.

Requests for both program offerings can be made online, with the request portal open through April 1.

Water Rocks! and Iowa Learning Farms typically receive more requests than can be fulfilled. All requests will be considered in early April and those selected will be contacted with scheduling information by April 19.

To learn more about these summer outreach opportunities or to submit a request, visit https://www.waterrocks.org/summer-outreach.

Shareable photos: 1. Conservation Station Trailer. Demonstrations such as the Rainfall Simulator are great conversation starters at public appearances of the Conservation Station trailers. 2. A school principal joins in the activities in a Water Rocks! youth presentation.

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