December 09, 2021

The Conservation Station is coming to the Jasper County Fair Monday

AMES — The Iowa State University Conservation Station is coming to town. The Conservation Station, an engaging learning center, educates all ages about the importance of clean water and healthy soil. The Conservation Station will be stopping at the Jasper County Fair on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prepare for kids and adults alike to be wowed by free, fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Visitors to the Conservation Station can play the watershed game and learn how water flows in a watershed, and how all Iowans can make a difference for water quality. They can also try their hand at the “Poo Toss” for prizes.

The Conservation Station’s rainfall simulator shows how water can run off or infiltrate into surfaces in both agriculture and urban environments. Water runoff and subsurface drainage are collected in jars to show how different land management choices can impact water and soil movement.

The Conservation Station makes science fun. Come and learn how everyone can do their part to help protect soil and water.

The Conservation Station is sponsored by the Water Rocks! and Iowa Learning Farms programs. Water Rocks! is a unique, award-winning statewide youth water education program that fosters the interplay of knowledge, caring and engagement among Iowa's youth. Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation among farmers and other Iowans. For more information about Water Rocks! or request the Conservation Station, visit: www.waterrocks.org. To learn more about Iowa Learning Farms go to: www.iowalearningfarms.org.

Partners of Water Rocks! and Iowa Learning Farms include Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA Section 319), ISU’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, and Practical Farmers of Iowa.