Master Conservationist Program








Planting the seeds of conservation in Iowa

Through hands-on interaction with the diversity of the state’s natural resources, the Master Conservationist Program teaches participants about Iowa’s natural ecosystems and the diversity of conservation challenges and opportunities that exist in Central Iowa. Graduates of the course learn to make informed choices for leading and educating others to improve conservation in our area.

The program consists of approximately 12 hours of online curriculum and several in-person, in-the-field 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. In-person experiences are led by local experts and take place at various locations across Polk County.


The Polk County Master Conservationist Program is a partnership between ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County and Polk County Conservation

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Spring 2022 Program

Our next program offering is April 18-May 23, 2022. Check out more information here.

Our Spring session is currently full.

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Contact us

Kalsa Parker Browning
Natural Resources Program Coordinator

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.