AMES, Iowa – Water Rocks! and Iowa Learning Farms are accepting applications from event planners and organizations to request a tour of one of their four Conservation Station trailers in the spring and summer of 2022.
Recognized last summer by the Conservation Innovation Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society and supported by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the trailers are equipped to provide accessible and relevant scientific information about the environment and ecosystems of the iowa, natural resources, water quality, biodiversity, wetlands and conservation practices.
“The Conservation Station trailers are one of our most effective public outreach tools and have been designed to carry a wide range of materials, demonstrations and activities that allow our team members to adapt each visit easily to the needs of the event and audience,” said Ann Staudt, Water Rocks! director. “We always get more requests than we can handle, so organizers of county fairs, farmers’ markets , festivals and other community events must submit their applications by Monday, March 21, for priority review.”
Thanks to the generous the partners, tours of fully staffed conservation stations are conducted free of charge. Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks! team members will work with applicants to determine which of the four conservation station trailers will best meet the needs of the intended audience. On each visit, the conservation stations are operated by Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks! UIS outreach and outreach team members and experts.
“Whether demonstrating runoff in the field with our rainfall simulators, exploring wetland biodiversity with visitors, or encouraging young people to learn more about their natural world, our team is eager to share information and encourage action among Iowans to help build a culture of conservation,” said Stautt. “Conservation Stations provide unique tools and techniques for engaging with locals from Iowa across the state on these important topics.”
Submitting a request does not guarantee that the conservation station is reserved for an event. Submit applications by Monday, March 21 for priority review.
About water rocks!
Water rocks! is Iowa’s unique, award-winning statewide youth water education program. Through a combination of STEM and the arts, especially music, Water Rocks! educates, challenges, and inspires youth toward a greater appreciation of our state’s water, soil, and other natural resources. Partners of Water Rocks! include extension and outreach of Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Section 319 of the Water Act own), the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and personal support donations. Learn more about www.waterrocks.org.
About Iowa Learning Farms
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms builds a culture of conservation by encouraging the adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members work together to identify and implement best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Iowa Learning Farms partners include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land StewardshipIowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, EPA Section 319 Grant Program and GROWMARK, Inc.
Shareable photo: 1. Conservation trailer. 2. Graphic of the conservation trailer.