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Iowa Master Conservationist Class Offered in North Iowa

Cerro Gordo County Extension along with Floyd and Franklin County Extensions and Cerro Gordo and Floyd County Conservation Boards will be offering an Iowa Master Conservationist Class this summer.

The Iowa Master Conservationist class will meet seven consecutive Tuesday evenings starting July 10, 2012, from 6-9:30 pm at various locations in Floyd, Franklin, and Cerro Gordo Counties. This unique program uses field experiences and classroom trainings to cover a broad range of conservation issues and topics.

Participants receive at least 32 hours of indoor and outdoor hands-on education. Participants take their knowledge and put it into prac­tice. Each participant is asked to contribute at least 32 hours of conservation and/or natural resource-related service to their local community or county. Previous activities have included prairie planting and seed harvesting, water quality testing, wildlife monitoring, staffing conservation centers, and con­ducting educational programs for youth and adults.  Once volunteer hours are completed, participants become “Certified Master Conservationists.”

The content of this program has been created locally by a steering committee that includes Cerro Gordo, Floyd, and Franklin County Exten­sion services and Floyd and Cerro Gordo County Conservation Boards, with support from Iowa State University Extension Wildlife Programs. Local interests and is­sues are considered, as are local resources, when the program is created.

The class registration fee is $75 and registration is required by June 25, 2012, by calling Cerro Gordo County Extension at 641-423-0844 or email Rick Pleggenkuhle at: plegg@iastate.edu .

Class Schedule 

  • July 10 – Physical Environment
  • July 17 – Ecological Principles and Techniques/Wildlife Diversity
  • July 24 – Forestry
  • July 31 – Wetlands
  • August 7 – Energy Use and Waste Reduction
  • August 11 (Saturday field trip) – Rivers and more
  • August 14 – Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use
  • August 21 – Prairies and Grasslands
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