Iowa Learning Farms partners with Water Rocks! to bring audiences the Conservation Stations—three mobile learning centers that educate audiences of all ages on different conservation aspects.
The Conservation Stations travel the state visiting field days, county fairs, farmers markets and outdoor classrooms. It is staffed by the Iowa Learning Farms team and is available for single-day events (we are unable to fulfill multi-day requests at this time). When visiting outdoor classrooms, the team uses age-appropriate learning modules about soil and water quality for grade school, middle school, and high school and college students. The Conservation Stations house a rainfall simulator demonstrating the effects of rainfall on undisturbed soils with a variety of soil covers and impervious and porous surfaces. The Lil' CS can be checked out for use at your event.
The Conservation Station may be able to be part of your event at no charge.
To request a Conservation Station visit, complete the Online Form. For more information, visit www.waterrocks.org.
The Water Rocks! team reserves the right to select which trailer will be at your event.
View the Conservation Station schedule at www.waterrocks.org
Click on the "Catch the Wave" button and look for the Schedule of Events
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.