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Soil & Water Conservation Week

Join in to see what's going on throughout Soil & Water Conservation Week, April 28-May 5, 2013.

Here's a look at what's going on throughout the week:

Thursday April 25th

Presentation to Clarion-Goldfield Elementary School students and their parents, highlighting the aquatic organisms that indicate good quality stream water; with a water run-off demonstration.
Clarion-Goldfield Elementary School, 319 3rd Ave. NE, Clarion, Iowa 50525

Friday April 26th

7th Grade Mines and Conservation Field Day. Students will visit three sites to expand their knowledge about the history of mining in Marion County and the practices to preserve and restore those areas.
Marion County, Iowa

Monday April 29th

300 5th Graders from Madison County will participate in Winterset Ag Day, hosted by Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District, Fareway and Winterset Seed. Contact for any questions.
Winterset School, Winterset, Iowa

Open House, hosted by Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District held Monday-Friday, from 9:00am-4:00pm. Event will highlight the development of an outdoor classroom as well as rural and urban conservation practices in targeted watersheds. Refreshments served. Hancock USDA Service Center, 225 US Hwy 69 Ste 1, Garner, Iowa 50438


Tuesday April 30th

2013 Soil & Water Conservation Week Proclamation signing by Governor Terry Branstad at 10:30am
Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa

Legislative Breakfast, hosted by Adair County Soil and Water Conservation District from 7:00-8:30am, followed by District's Annual Conservation Field Day for 5th Graders from Adair County. RSVP to 641-743-6124
4-H Building, Adair County Fairgrounds, Greenfield, Iowa

Open House, hosted by Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District from 8:00-10:00am. Serving coffee/cookies. Shelby USDA Service Center, 2519 Southwest Ave, Harlan, Iowa 51537

Mike Henderson to talk on KCHE Radio's "What's Happening" Show from 8:30-9:30am. Listen online. Cherokee, Iowa

Ryan Rasmussen, District Employee in Jefferson County will be at Pekin High School speaking to science classes working on a nitrogen unit about watersheds, nitrogen leaching, and water quality.

Ambassadors from the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will be visiting the Boone USDA Service Center office at 9:00am to recognize Soil & Water Conservation Week. Rolls and coffee served
Boone USDA Service Center, 1602 Snedden Dr., Boone, Iowa 50036

Wayne Peterson, Urban Conservationist, will speak at 7:00pm about the importance of urban conservation in protecting soil and water resources, hosted by Dickinson Soil and Water Conservation District. Presentation is free and the public is welcome to attend.
Dickinson County Nature Center, 170th St Okoboji, IA 51355

Wednesday May 1st

Open House from 8:00-10:00am, hosted by Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District. The event will highlight three watershed projects in Boone County; Big Creek, Onion Creek and Don Williams Watershed Projects as well as information on CREP and Cover Crops.
Boone USDA Service Center, 1602 Snedden Dr., Boone, Iowa 50036

The Watershed Game will be played at 5:00pm, hosted by the Division of Soil Conservation's Central Office. The team games uses interactive simulations to engage, provide effective education, and enhance their skills and solutions towards achieving clean water goals. Email for details.
Des Moines, Iowa

A BIG Picture Workshop; Integrating Watershed Management into Land Use Planning and Redevelopment, from 8:00am - 4:30pm. Hosted by Iowa Storm Water Education Program. Local decision makers, elected and appointed officials, city planners, landscape architects, agriculture land owners and more invited to attend! Early Bird Registration Ends April 24.
Washington Public Library 115 W Washington St, Washington, IA 52353

Tea for the Ladies, Women from the Tete des Morts Creek Watershed are invited for tea and conservation. Contact Michelle Turner at or (563) 652-2337
St. Donatus Ballpark outdoor pavilion, 119 N Main, Saint Donatus, IA


Thursday May 2nd

Urban Conservation Tour in Ankeny, hosted by Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District at 1:30pm. Tour begins at Jethro's, followed by Prairie Trial, Fire station, DMACC, Summerbrook Park, and a residential home. (flyer)
1425 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ankeny, Iowa 50023

Author Tim Smith, know also as Buck Wilder,, will present to Riverside Elementary PreK-4th grade students and the community from 2:00 - 3:00pm, hosted by East Pottawattamie Soil and Water Conservation District. Smith will share his passion for the great outdoors and the importance of taking care of our earth. Contact Jamie Meek with questions at 712-482-6408;
Riverside Elementary, Oakland, Iowa

Dickinson County Conservation Board will host a workshop at 7:00pm highlighting the vital role that native prairie plants have in protecting our soil and water. Workshop is free and the public is welcome to attend.
Dickinson County Nature Center, 170th St Okoboji, IA 51355

Friday May 3rd

Dirt! The Movie, film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet, screening at 7:30pm, hosted by Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District. (flyer)
Corning Opera House, 800 Davis Avenue, Corning, Iowa 50841


Saturday May 4th

Jordan Creek Clean-Up Day from 9:00-11:00am. Hosted by West Polk Creeks Alliance. Please bring your own gloves and prepare to get muddy! This is a family-friendly event. Contact Susan with questions at 515-321-9778.
Meet at the creek on 39th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa

During Harris-Lake Park School Demonstration Day, participants will install Lake Park's first Rain Garden! Hosted in a partnership by Harris-Lake Park School District and Silver Lake Watershed Project. The public is welcome to attend. Come to the elementary school playground (located on Ave A in Lake Park) anytime between 9:00am-12:00pm. Water Quality Commission, Harris-Lake Park Community School District, 4Evergreen, Cohrs Construction Inc, The Silver Lake Park Improvement Association and many other groups and organizations within the community are all contributing for the completion of the project.
Harris-Lake Park Elementary School, 105 Ave A W, Lake Park, IA 51347

Shelter Belt Tree Planting at 12:30pm, hosted by Wendling Quarries Inc., in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop 29 and Pack 29, Clinton County Conservation and the Glesener Family. Presentations by Kevin Oetkin of Woodland Forestry, Chris Hiher of Pheasants Forever and Troop 29 are also planned. In memory of John Glesener, long-time scout leader of Troop 29. Direct questions to John Tuthill, Wendling Quarries, (563) 659-9181 or Alicia Burken, BSA Troop 29, (563)847-1070
Wendling DeWitt Facility, 2647 225th St., DeWitt, Iowa


Events will be added throughout the month. If you have an event, contact

For more information, visit the IDALS-DSC website.