Environmental Education

School and Group Presentations

The following programs are available for group presentations. Some are designed for elementary children, while others are designed for middle and high school students. Most can be adapted for any age, including adults! Other programs can also be given upon request. Please feel free to inquire about any of these programs or about our extensive video library!

Programs for Elementary Students:
Animal Adaptations and Defenses 

Animal Tracks and Signs
Discovering Insects
Freshwater Animals
Rocks and Fossils
Tree Detectives
Winter Bird Feeding 
Winter Wildlife

Programs for Middle and High School Students:
Basic Canoeing
Climate Change 101

Composting--Nature's Recycling
Conservation Careers
Groundwater Detectives
Iowa Wetlands
Journey to the Stars
The Navigation Stars of Lewis and Clark
Pollinator Gardens
Rain Gardens
Tree Ring Mysteries

Water Quality Critters
Wildlife Populations

Programs that can be adapted for any grade level:
Birds of Prey 
Eagles in Iowa
Earth Day

Fishing Fun
Iowa Mammals
Iowa Wildflowers 

Lewis and Clark's Discoveries
Monarch Magic
My Side of the Mountain

Native Americans 
Owls--Predators of the Night
Prairie Life 
Recycling and Waste Reduction 
The Star Lab
Turkey Talk
A Virtual Tour Through the Solar System
Weathering and Erosion 


Field Trips

The WCCB also sponsors field trips to the following locations. These trips provide fun and educational learning experiences for your students. The activities for each trip will be customized, depending upon your wishes, the size and grade level of your class, and the length of time involved. Click on a location to learn more about it!

The Lime Creek Nature Center, Mason City
Wooded trails, a prairie, a pond, and a wonderful nature center all provide countless opportunities for your students to explore and discover the natural world of north Iowa!

Thorpe Park, west of Forest City
Many activities can be enjoyed from the shelterhouse, along the scenic marsh trail, at Lake Catherine, and throughout the park's prairie areas.

Pilot Knob State Park, east of Forest City
The park offers a pond and excellent wooded trails for various outdoor activities!

The Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park, west of Rockford
Students can hunt for 400-million-year-old fossils, then walk through a wonderfully-restored prairie. The visitor center contains many excellent exhibits demonstrating how the area's land use has changed.

Smith Lake and the Water's Edge Nature Center, north of Algona

Smith Lake itself provides many recreational activities and the area also contains some nice trails. In addition, the new nature center adds to the possibilities!

Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge, east of Bancroft
A bus tour through or around the refuge can give your entire class the chance to view many of north Iowa's native species, as well as many migrating birds. And a boardwalk gets your class right down to the water!

For more information about any of these programs, and about other educational services that the WCCB offers, you can download our "Environmental Education Services" booklet here.