Outdoor Learning Environments Grant Program

An outdoor learning environment is a space that can enhance understanding about the natural world and provide a thinking space to explore. Greater complexities can stem from this idea, but the core concept begins with the space itself. The challenge being, how to facilitate the development and long-term maintenance of a space which is appealing and safe to inspire use and support from the whole community. These intentional spaces of learning and growth in the outdoor environment are more important than ever for people of all ages. They provide a gateway to those who are more timid to exploring in wilder spaces and provide a safe environment for learning and the developing an appreciation for our living environment. In partnership with the Iowa Living Roadways Trust Fund, we are launching a NEW Outdoor Learning Environment Grant Program. This new three-phase grant program will first help you develop a strong base of community-wide support and create a framework for planning, implementation, maintenance, and future...
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Corridor Management Plan Update

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway is a little over halfway through our 3-year process to create a new Corridor Management Plan for the Byway. The Byway travels through 13 counties and 43 communities in the central part of Iowa. By holding community input meetings in each county, we have included residents in this process. We have asked them to consider the 6 intrinsic qualities that make a Byway: historical, cultural, natural, scenic, recreational, and archaeological. What did they have in their community, what do they currently have in their community and what do they wish to see in their community in relation to these qualities? Historical is the most prominent quality of the Lincoln Highway. In Iowa, the train came through first and the Lincoln Highway followed the rail line going east and west across the state. They had already found, through trial and tribulations, the driest and flattest areas to lay their tracks and the best places build bridges to cross...
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