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.

Northeast Iowa RC&D has been a leader in regional environmental education for over 15 years. The RC&D helped start several successful education programs including the Environmental College for Young Leaders [Discovery Camps] at Luther College, the Lull's Park Environmental Haven and the Upper Iowa Valley...

Northeast Iowa RC&D is partnering with the Winneshiek County Conservation Board, the Allamakee County Conservation Board, the Iowa DNR Water Trails Program, Effigy Mounds National Monument, the Iowa DNR Regional Fisheries Biologist, the Yellow River State Forester and the Isaacs Walton League to develop a...