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VISITING A FARM: Due to coronavirus concerns, in-person visits by groups of elementary school students and teachers are prohibited. Today’s students can take a virtual field trip by watching online interviews via the internet or video. Educational programming on natural resources, conservation and water quality topics is available from Iowa State University’s Conservation Learning Group.
FREE RESOURCES: One of the student learning programs known as Water Rocks! has new online learning options to accompany its lessons. A library of video and online resources previously developed for Water Rocks over the years is also useful for teaching young students about soil and water conservation and natural resources.
CATCHING KIDS’ ATTENTION: The Adventures of the Conservation Pack series uses dogs to deliver environmental lessons to Iowa’s youth. A series of 24 videos and an accompanying workbook provide students, teachers and parents a resource for classroom or independent learning. Whether in a classroom or living room, these videos capture a student’s attention and make learning fun.
CONSERVATION DOGS: Each episode covers a single topic ranging from trees and water quality testing to environmental law. One of the dogs from the Conservation Pack (Jackie, Charlie or Stewy) acts as a roving reporter to interview an expert on the topic of each video segment. The videos run about four minutes and contain science-related lessons and vocabulary for students in grades K-5.
COMPLEMENTS SCIENCE: Available for download or as a complete set on DVD, the Conservation Pack has been used by teachers across Iowa to complement science learning. The interviews also give students a peek into a broad range of career paths in environmental and ag sciences that can extend well beyond the laboratory. Interviews include teachers, farmers, scientists, a park ranger, conservationists and foresters.
FUN WAY TO LEARN: Water Rocks is Iowa’s award-winning statewide youth water education program. Through a combination of STEM and the arts, especially music, the program educates, challenges and inspires young people toward a greater appreciation of water, soil and other natural resources.