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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


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Learn About the Land: RAGBRAI 2016 Brochures

The 2016 version of Learn About the Land trip logs are now available. Each year the U.S. Geological Survey, Iowa Geological Survey & Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, Iowa DNR, and the Iowa Limestone Producers coordinate to provide these brochures that describe interesting landscape, geologic, and other natural resources alaong the RAGBRAI route. Historical features are highlighted in a separate publication produced by the Office of the State Archaeologist. Look for volunteers as they distribute these brochures along the route and in the RAGBRAI campgrounds, or stop by the University of Iowa's Mobile Museum.

Date Brochure
July 24 Glenwood to Shenandoah
July 25 Shenandoah to Creston
July 26 Creston to Leon
July 27 Leon to Centerville
July 28 Centerville to Ottumwa
July 29 Ottumwa to Washington
July 30 Washington to Muscatine

[7/18/16]


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Learn About the Land: RAGBRAI 2015 Brochures

The 2015 version of Learn About the Land trip logs are now available. Each year the U.S. Geological Survey, Iowa Geological Survey & Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, Iowa DNR, and the Iowa Limestone Producers coordinate to provide these brochures that describe interesting landscape, geologic, and other natural resources alaong the RAGBRAI route. Historical features are highlighted in a separate publication produced by the Office of the State Archaeologist. Look for volunteers as they distribute these brochures along the route and in the RAGBRAI campgrounds.

Date Brochure
July 19 Sioux Center to Storm lake
July 20 Storm Lake to Fort Dodge
July 21 Fort Dodge to Eldora
July 22 Eldora to Cedar Falls
July 23 Cedar Falls to Hiawatha
July 24 Hiawatha to Coralville
July 25 Coralville to Davenport

[7/16/15]


Learn About the Land: RAGBRAI 2014 Brochures

Once again, the USGS, Iowa Water Science Center, the IDNR Geological & Water Survey, IIHR, Iowa Geological 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 volunteers as they distribute these brochures along the route and in the RAGBRAI campgrounds.

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

Date Brochure
July 20 Rock Valley to Okoboji
July 21 Okoboji to Emmetsburg
July 22 Emmetsburg to Forest City
July 23 Forest City to Mason City
July 24 Mason City to Waverly
July 25 Waverly to Independence
July 26 Independence to Guttenberg

[7/16/14]


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.

Date Brochure
July 21 Council Bluffs to Harlan
July 22 Harlan to Perry
July 23 Perry to Des Moines
July 24 Des Moines to Knoxville
July 25 Knoxville to Oskaloosa
July 26 Oskaloosa to Fairfield
July 27 Fairfield to Fort Madison

[7/16/13]


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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.