Iowa Master Conservationist Program to begin in Washington and Keokuk County

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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 starting September 8th, 2022. The program will take place in Washington and Keokuk 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 7 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.

7 face-to-face meetings will build on the online lessons and be held at several local locations. 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. Locations are Lake Belva Deer, Lake Darling, ISU Research Farm, Marr Park and local farms.   A meal will be provided at each meeting.  

Registration for the course is $30.00 and is due at the time of registration. To register contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Washington County office at 319.653.4811 or Keokuk County at 641.622.2680 or https://go.iastate.edu/K7TYLH.The deadline to register is August 24th at 4pm.

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