Master Conservationist Program

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The Master Conservationist Program is a collaborative program offered by ISU Extension and Outreach, County Conservation Boards, and County Extension Offices. It is a volunteer program developed equip Iowans interested in natural resource conservation with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about natural resources and to become local leaders and educators. Master Conservationists are individuals that share an interest in the sustainability of Iowa's natural resources and in becoming better stewards of those resources. To learn more about becoming a Master Conservationist program and to learn what Master Conservationists have to offer for your community or educational events, visit the Curriculum page. If you are interested in becoming a Master Conservationist yourself, please visit the Schedule page to find a scheduled course near you, or contact your local county extension office or the program administrator.

The Iowa Master Conservationist program was developed in 1998 with partial support of grants from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. The Leopold Center continues to provide all participants with a copy of A Sand County Almanac, written by the Center's namesake and native Iowan, Aldo Leopold. County Extension offices and County Conservation Boards collaborate with Iowa State University Wildlife Extension and Outreach to offer the course with instruction by experts from around the community or state.