Educate & Engage Youth and Adults

Environmental education has always been a focus area for Northeast Iowa RC&D. Employees are frequently called to provide expert presentations or to lead learning sessions in schools, at community meetings, for SWCD programs, and at service organization meetings. This provides a venue for environmental education, a chance to share the stories about all the great things that Northeast Iowans are accomplishing, and an opportunity to foster new ideas.

Northeast Iowa RC&D developed and manages a Green Source Library that encourages educators to develop or utilize outdoor classroom curriculum. The equipment, which is checked out to area schools and conservation organizations, provides resources for teachers and naturalists that have limited budgets. Our organization also works with local groups to develop ‘Safaris’ that encourage youth and families to visit natural, cultural and historic sites around the region. We develop kiosks and other educational materials that promote public learning and engagement and we hire interns, giving students an opportunity to learn about environmental issues and careers. To maximize adult learning we organize and implement local, state, and regional field days, conferences and workshops. We invite experts to present at project meetings and encourage and facilitate discussion between outside experts and our citizens. We encourage environmental learning by recruiting and engaging citizens in natural resource related research. We host trainings to engage citizens in water monitoring, have recruited and funded equipment for 20 citizens to monitor rainfall and soil moisture, provide GPS equipment and training for citizens, and are working with producers to understand nutrient loss in tile lines and the return on investment of conservation practices.

This summer, construction of several innovative urban stormwater conservation practices was completed as a part of a new Regional Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site at Northeast Iowa RC&D. The site, across from City Hall in Postville, Iowa, provides real-life examples of several different urban stormwater conservation...

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development worked with the Iowa League of RC&D’s, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), 5 other Iowa RC&Ds, 10 scenic byway boards, 10 County Conservation Boards and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) eligible producers across...

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development partnered with 34 schools from 13 school districts in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties during the 2008-2009 school year to gather baseline data on: current attitudes and behaviors of students and parents toward walking and biking to...

This Driftless Area Initiative developed at the request of 48 local, county, state and federal organizations. Northeast Iowa RC&D is working with five other RC&D’s to draw national attention to the Driftless Area, including Limestone Bluffs RC&D Iowa, River Country RC&D Wisconsin, Southwest Badger RC&D...

[caption id="attachment_2094" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Instream Sinkhole"][/caption] NE IA RC&D provided assistance to the Iowa Geologic Survey Bureau and other partners to conduct a karst survey in the Upper Iowa River Watershed over a three year period. The IGSB provided funding for RC&D Student Interns through a...

[caption id="attachment_2088" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Restored Clermont Painted Stage Curtain"][/caption] The Mission of the CHS is to preserve local historical treasures by discovering, collecting and preserving them. The CHS members volunteered their time, conducting private fund raising and assisting as needed with the project. The fourteen members...

NE IA RC&D is working with Howard and Mitchell County Conservation Boards and Boards of Supervisors as well as community leaders from Riceville and Elma to complete a 33 mile multi-use trail that will be the first trail in the state to connect to the...

NE IA RC&D assisted partners from five county area of Northeast Iowa with development and writing of a W.K.Kellogg grant. The grant, which was awarded, funded the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative. NE IA RC&D is administering the planning grant and assisting with implementation....

The project provides summer interns and partners with institutes of higher learning to provide meaningful work study opportunities. These college internships create connections between young adults and their rural communities by providing professional internship opportunities in Northeast Iowa for Northeast Iowa students. In each instance...

The Upper Iowa River Watershed has been recognized on local, state and national levels as an important natural and economic resource. Recognizing the importance of water quality in this sensitive watershed, local agencies, organization and landowners united to form the Upper Iowa River Watershed Alliance....