Master Conservationist Program

By Taylor on December 5, 2013 in Blog

P1030904Iowans passionate about preserving Iowa's natural resources can become Master Conservationists with the Buchanan County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Buchanan County Conservation Board.

This winter the organizations are working in conjunction with one another to hold a series of classes for the Iowa Master Conservationist Program. According to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, “The program gives Iowans hands-on interaction with the diversity of Iowa's natural resources.” It teaches about a broad range of conservation issues and sustainable lifestyle.

Participants that contribute at least 32 hours of volunteer service upon the completion of the course will be eligible for the designation of Master Conservationist!

This year the classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m. with the exception of the field day on March 22, 2014. During the series of classes participants will travel to one or more places to gain first-hand knowledge and to speak with experts. The first class will be at Fontana Park with pizza provided. Subsequent classes will be held at locations determined by the group with a potluck.

Individuals are asked to pre-register by calling Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach at 319-334-7161, or by email at The cost is $50 per participant for the entire series. People can also attend individual classes for $8 per person.

The class schedule is:

  • Dec. 10 Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use
  • Jan. 14 Wetland and Waterways
  • Feb. 11 Prairies and Grasslands
  • Mar.22 Field Day 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.