If you’d like to get an in-depth understanding of rivers but missed our Master River Stewards class last summer, here’s another chance. This year, we’re offering the course to retirees in a two-part (lecture + lab) format. If you are not physically able to wade in streams or can’t commit to the required volunteer hours, you may register for the lecture only.
OLLI Open House, August 9, 10:30-11:45AM, ISU Alumni Center
Registration opens August 9 for our River Stewardship class, offered through OLLI at ISU (formerly ISU College for Seniors) for anyone aged 50 and older. The course is adapted from the Master River Stewards Program developed by Iowa Rivers Revival, and covers watersheds, river and stream dynamics, riparian habitat and wildlife, river chemistry and water monitoring, stream restoration, and agricultural conservation practices. Jerry Keys, the environmental education coordinator for Story County Conservation, and Dan Haug, watershed educator at Prairie Rivers of Iowa are facilitating the class, and will be bringing in some excellent guest speakers from ISU and the Iowa DNR.
Wednesday 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Eight weeks, Sept. 12 – Oct. 31
Horton Room, ISU Alumni Center
Once you have registered for the OLLI class, sign up for the optional companion course through Story County Conservation to become certified as a Master River Steward. The “lab” meets at McFarland Park and will include a paddle down the Skunk River and field trips to view stream restoration and agricultural conservation projects. Participants also work together to plan volunteer projects. Last year’s class came up with an impressive array of projects including: a clean up at Ledges State Park, collecting water quality data, creating a video documenting the Project AWARE, an interactive map pinpointing new water quality monitoring sites in Story County, a brochure describing invasive plants and their removal techniques, a watershed education campaign for a small community in Nebraska, a water steward education campaign for kids, and a paddling experience for homeless youth.
Thursday 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Eight weeks, Sept. 13 – Oct. 25, final meeting TBD