Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist Program during May and June. The program’s sessions will take place at multiple sites in Jasper, Marion, Mahaska and Poweshiek 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 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 or at the ISU Extension and Outreach Jasper County office. 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 from 6 to 9 p.m. May 16, 23 and 30 and June 4, 11, 18 and 27. Meetings will take place at various locations such as Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Red Rock, Quercus Wilderness Area and other sites within the four-county region. 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.
Registration for the course is $60 and is due at the time of registration. To register contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Marion County office at 641-842-2014. The deadline to register is 4 p.m. May 6.