School Programs

Pottawattamie Conservation offers in-school presentations and field trip opportunities for Pottawattamie County elementary schools, based on Iowa Core Science Curriculum involving relevant nature topics.

In-School Programs

Pottawattamie County Conservation provides environmental education programs in schools as part of developing environmental learning both out of and indoors. Students in grades PreK-6th attending public schools within Pottawattamie County receive one free in-school program each year, and educators may purchase additional programs for their classes. Topics are relevant to the Iowa Core Curriculum and are tailored to include age-appropriate activities and participation.

These programs engage students with nature topics ranging from life cycles and food chains to frogs and animals of Iowa. For each grade, there is a menu of in-school program choices best suited for that age and curricula level.

Our focus is on Pottawattamie County schools. We reach these schools through in-school presentations and field trips to our parks. We are happy to reach non-Pottawattamie County schools through field trips to our parks.

For more information on in-school programs, please complete our request form.

Field Trips

On-site presentations offered to Pottawattamie County and surrounding-area schools and community groups at any of the Pottawattamie County Parks.

Unearth insects crawling beneath fallen logs and sedentary rocks; listen for timber beetles gnawing through bark and discover the hearts of trees; look for clues of animal life and signs of seasonal change as you explore a nature trail brimming with woodland trees and the changing faces of wildflowers; scan the skies in search of migrating raptors and chirping songbirds flitting between branches and brush.

These are the adventures waiting on a nature field trip at any of the Pottawattamie County Parks, where students can learn about the natural world by directly experiencing and exploring it. These on-site programs provide hands-on nature learning in an outdoor setting. Field trip stations are designed to facilitate outdoor exploration and connection with nature and can be tailored to fit classroom needs, size, and curriculum. Typical field trips consist of four stations—including at least two guided nature hikes that encourage investigation and discovery through inquiry process-based methods.

Current field trip rates include a program and individual fees. A minimum of 10 participants is required for all field trips. There is no minimum for the number of programs that may be presented.

Program Fees for Schools and Groups in Pottawattamie County

  • $1 per child +
  • $10 per program for a group of 10-25
  • $15 per program for a group of 26-50
  • $25 per program for a group of 51 or more

Program Fees for Schools and Groups Outside Pottawattamie County

  • $1 per child +
  • $20 per program for a group of 10-25
  • $25 per program for a group of 26-50
  • $35 per program for a group of 51 or more

For more information on field trips and how to prepare for your visit, please complete our request form.

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