Conservation Stations

The Conservation Station trailer fleet WILL be rolling in summer 2021!

Iowa Learning Farms partners with Water Rocks! to bring audiences the Conservation Stations—a fleet of mobile learning centers that educate audiences of all ages on different conservation aspects. Each trailer houses a unique combination of highly visual and interactive Iowa-centric demonstrations that delve into the impacts of land management choices, both urban and agricultural, on water quality and the connections between our state’s water, soil, and wildlife.

COVID-19 Considerations

The 2021 Conservation Station experience will certainly be different from past years—just as all facets of our lives have changed with COVID-19. Conservation Station team members will wear face coverings and practice physical distancing, as per Iowa State University policy, and will include audio amplification for improved audio accessibility. All Conservation Station activities are being closely evaluated and adapted to ensure that they can be delivered safely and effectively.

In the online request system, you will also be asked what safety and mitigation measures are being taken from an event planning perspective. Please note that ISU reserves the right to cancel any scheduled Conservation Station appearances at any time—all of this is contingent upon both State and University guidelines, under ever-changing circumstances.

 Conservation Station Trailer Conservation Station 3 Trailer Conservation Station On The Edge

Conservation Station Trailer at Badger Creek Conservation Station 3 Trailer at Ames Farmers Market Conservation Station On The Edge Models


The Conservation Station fleet is available to travel to events from April - September of each year.

  • We are only able to attend single-day events (or ONE day of a multiple-day event) at this time
  • We are able to be onsite and ‘open for visitors' for a 3-4 hour block of time
  • We provide full staffing—a combination of Iowa State University faculty, staff, and/or student interns—to interact with your event attendees

Space Requirements

Please provide a flat open space of at least 35’ x 60’.

How to Request

The Conservation Station’s online request system for spring and summer 2021 will open on Monday, March 8!

Please note that submitting a request does not mean the Conservation Station is automatically booked for your event—bookings are not set in stone until you hear from us. We often receive many more requests than we are able to fulfill!


Conservation Station trailer outreach events are available free of charge. Many thanks to our partners for making this possible!


The video below shows Matt Helmers, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, demonstrating the relationships between land management practices, surface runoff, subsurface drainage, and sediment/nutrient transport with the Conservation Station's Rainfall Simulator.

This video offers a sneak peek of the Conservation Station's educational opportunities.

Dr. Matt Helmers demonstrates the Conservation Station On The Edge. The mobile education trailer features models of a saturated buffer and bioreactor. These edge of field practices are key tools in reducing nitrogen loss and meeting Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Goals.