Polk County Master Conservationist Program to begin in Spring 2020

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Polk County Master Conservationist Program to begin in Spring 2020
Course will provide hands-on interaction with Iowa’s rich natural resources
Altoona, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County will offer the Master Conservationist Program in partnership with Polk County Conservation and the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Tuesdays, April 7-May 19, 2020. Through 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 seven 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. 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.
The seven face-to-face meetings will build on the online lessons and be held at varying locations from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, April 7-May 19, 2020. 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. Face-to-face meetings will take place at the following locations throughout the course:

  • Polk County Extension Office
  • Jester Park Nature Center
  • Yellow Banks State Park
  • Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt
  • Easter Lake

A light meal/refreshments will be provided at the start of each meeting.
Registration for the course is $95.00 and is due at the time of registration. Register online here or contact the ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County office at 515-957-5768. The deadline to register is March 6, 2020, or until course is full. 
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Registration: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6E9QtF1VvwA45yB
About Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County
Since 1916 ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County has served its residents by connecting them to research and resources developed by Iowa State University. Knowledge and programs offered through the ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County office have been specifically tailored to represent, enhance and meet the needs of Polk County residents and community. For 2019 ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County will focus on these local issues: K-12 youth outreach; health, well-being, and nutrition; and community and economic development. ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County is part of a 99-county campus serving all Iowans to create a strong Iowa.
About Polk County Conservation
Polk County Conservation’s (PCC) mission is to provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and the long-term protection of Polk County’s natural heritage. Located in the state’s most populated county, they manage 22 parks, wildlife areas, and recreational trails totaling more than 15,000 acres of land. PCC offers year-round public education and recreation programs for all ages.

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