Extension Staff Natural Resources Professional Development Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 10:00am

The Natural Resources Stewardship Professional Development Day is an annual one-day training and networking event for extension professionals to come together from across Iowa and a broad swath of program areas and disciplines to be inspired by some time outdoors, as well as discuss, network, and learn about natural resource issues, educational needs, and programming opportunities.This year's program is on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 and will be exploring conservation around Carroll and Guthrie Counties. We'll start at White Rock Conservancy, where the private organization is engaged in a wide variety of natural resource conservation efforts in forests, grasslands, agriculture, and outdoor recreation. From there, attendees can choose from one of two tours exploring conservation topics at Templeton Rye Distillery or Swan Lake State Park.

The morning program will start at Bur Oak Visitor Center (1436 IA 141, Coon Rapids, IA 50058)


Registration for this event is free and open to all ISU Extension employees. Educators from county offices and campus across all four program areas are welcome and encouraged to attend this unique professional development event! 

Please use this link to register by Wednesday, May 8th, 2024: https://go.iastate.edu/MLGLHQ


Time Event
9:30 am Registration opens, Bur Oak Visitor Center
10:00 am Welcome and orientation, Bur Oak Visitor Center
10:30 am

Driving tour of conservation at White Rock Conservancy

11:45 am Lunch, Bur Oak Visitor Center
12:30 pm Dismiss for afternoon tours, see details below

Tour details

The afternoon session will be two seperate tours that you can choose from.

Templeton Rye Tour

Explore the Templeton Distillery along with natural resources experts who will share how fundamental healthy natural resources are to this thriving Iowa business.

You will need to pay $10 cash / card on-site to participate in this tour.

Carrol County Conservation Tour (Swan Lake State Park)

Learn about natural resources education and management at Swan Lake State Park near Carroll. We'll visit with a fisheries biologist from the Iowa DNR to learn about management efforts at the lake, we'll explore the park and their facilities, and we'll learn from Carroll County Naturalists about their education center.


Funding for the annual Natural Resources Professional Development Day is provided by the Renewable Resources Extension Act from USDA, the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State, and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Iowa mini-grants.

Organizing Committee

This year's event is organized by Adam Janke (ajanke@iastate.edu), Kay Stefanik (kcstefan@iastate.edu), and Mike Witt (witt@iastate.edu). Please contact them with any questions.