be responsible and accountable to the citizens of this state, it
is our duty to do what is within the realm of the department to
protect and preserve our environment.
DOT is also committed to informing our citizens by means of various
outreach and education programs, and the distribution of materials.
This curriculum, which is offered as part of the DOT’s Enviro-Explorers
Club, is one of the programs provided.
curriculum places an emphasis on informing Iowa’s young people,
with the intent of instilling a mindset that makes good environmental
stewardship something students consider as a second nature, rather
than a second thought.
DOT wishes to thank Edwards Elementary School of Ames for its cooperation
and participation during the initial development of the program.
Many of the photos in this publication were taken during
student activities at Edwards.
this publication was created as an online document, rather than
as a static hardcopy, the DOT will be able to regularly add more
options and information making it a “living” and evolving document.
Keep watching for:
for selecting plants that will attract butterflies
plant guide, so you may customize your project with specific
plant types suitable for prairie, woodland or wetland areas;
instructions on how to start your own wildflower patch;
many more great
general, this curriculum is a great way for students to learn
new skills and apply existing ones in the areas of earth science,
art, math and vocabulary.
Since the curriculum addresses so many different areas
of learning, why not enlist the help of other teachers in your
school and make this a collaborative project.
ensure the Iowa DOT's outdoor classroom curriculum is easy-to-use,
applicable to the real world (use in Iowa K-12 classrooms), and
adheres to the highest educational standards, it was field-tested
and fully evaluated by educators representing various schools
throughout the state that teach students of differing age groups.
Iowa DOT used the feedback from teachers to enhance and improve
the curriculum, as it is presently available on this site.
learn more about these demonstration projects, click on this "DEMO
updated: Nov. 18, 2003
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