Education

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Iowa Children's Water Festival

The Annual Iowa Children's Water Festival is a free, one-day event, heightening the awareness of the importance of our most valuable resource - WATER. Approximately 2000 fifth graders from across Iowa participate each year. Various aspects of water-related topics are taught through presentations, experiments, exhibits, games and entertainment.

The Iowa Water Science Center proudly supports the ICWF by serving on the Steering Committee and coordinating the Program and Educational Content Committees and with a representative on the Advisory Board. A number of district employees also participate the day of the festival leading the Water Jeopardy classroom presentation and in the Exhibit Hall with a demonstration of the Desdemona's Splash Water Quality and the Environment CD-ROM game.

The Official Iowa Children's Water Festival Web Site


Learn About the Land: RAGBRAI 2013 Brochures

Once again, the USGS, Iowa Water Science Center, the IDNR Geological & Water Survey and the Iowa Limestone Producers have teamed up to provide the Learn About The Land daily trip logs describing interesting landscape, geologic, and other natural and historical features and resources along the RAGBRAI trail. Look for USGS volunteers as they distribute these brochures in the RAGBRAI campgrounds.

Click on each days brochure to learn more about the land of Iowa.


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RAGBRAI 2012 - Learn About the Land

The USGS, Iowa Water Science Center, the IDNR Geological & Water Survey and the Iowa Limestone Producers have teamed up to provide the Learn About The Land daily trip logs describing interesting landscape, geologic, and other natural and historical features and resources along the RAGBRAI trail. Look for USGS volunteers as they distribute these brochures in the RAGBRAI campgrounds.

Click on each days brochure and listen to this WVIK newscast to learn more about the land of Iowa.

New for 2012 - Learn About The Land-Casts are podcasts that provide information about what the bikers will be traversing - rivers, lakes, geology and landform regions. Be sure to check out Day 5 for more information about the U.S. Geological Survey.


Date Brochure Podcast
July 22 Sioux Center to Cherokee Overview of the ride, including the major landform regions and hills that you’ll be crossing over.
July 23 Cherokee to Lake View A little of the Northwest Iowa Plains, Fremont Bedrock Channel and the Midcontinent Rift System with Ray Anderson of the Iowa Geological and Water Survey.
July 24 Lake View to Webster City All about the Des Moines Lobe; its formation, features, and structure featuring Stephanie Surine of the Iowa Geological and Water Survey.
July 25 Webster City to Marshalltown Project AWARE coordinator Brian Soenen talks about this year's river cleanup project.
July 26 Marshalltown to Cedar Rapids The US Geological Survey’s Iowa Water Center’s Director Kevin Richards discusses the various monitoring and projects of his organization.
July 27 Cedar Rapids to Anamosa Ryan Clark of the Iowa Geological and Water Survey talks about the bedrock you’ll find on 6 of the ride.
July 28 Anamosa to Clinton Stephanie Surine is back to discuss the landform regions in general, and the Iowan Surface in particular.