Teachers: Immerse yourself in water + soil this summer!

WR!Summit-FieldTour-BearCreekSeeking a few good teachers…

This is the third year that our sister program Water Rocks! is offering its summer Teacher Summit workshops, and we are looking for a crew of outstanding, enthusiastic teachers from across the state who’d like to participate!  The Water Rocks! Summits are two-day professional development workshops where K-12 teachers are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in all things water. And all things soil.  Oh yes, and there’s also wetlands, biodiversity, watersheds, the water cycle, stormwater, and a conservation field tour…  it’s two full days of diving in deeper with both agriculture and the environment, from a uniquely Iowa perspective!

We are offering two Summits coming up this June:
June 14-15, 2016   -and-  June 22-23,2016

Teachers must apply for the Summit in teams of 2-4 teachers per school. However, it’s NOT just limited to science teachers – our Summits are open to teachers of all subjects and all grade levels!  We embrace the STEM fields as well as music, art, literature, English, and more! Water and soil are intertwined throughtout the fabric of our daily lives; they can be readily integrated throughtout the school day, as well. Interdisciplinary and cross-age teams are highly encouraged.


The Water Rocks! Teacher Summits offers a balanced blend of content knowledge building for the participants (through talks by Iowa State University faculty and staff working in these fields), as well as highly interactive, engaging and fun delivery mechanisms that are ready to be taken back to the classroom (hands-on games, activities, and lessons for K-12 students).

TeacherTestimonial-GreenEach accepted team goes home with LOOT — an activity kit containing over $800 of hands-on, interactive games, lessons, activities, and more that are fully ready to use in the classroom. We also offer participants travel honorarium payments and the option of obtaining 1 license renewal credit.

Don’t delay – The application deadline for the 2016 Water Rocks! Teacher Summits is Monday, February 29. Yes, it’s LEAP Day… take a leap into this amazing professional development opportunity in 2016!  Get your team assembled, then visit the Application page today to submit your information.

Blog Readers: This is your chance to help us out here. Do you know an elementary or middle school teacher who would thrive at the Water Rocks! Teacher Summit?  Please share this information with them and encourage them to apply!


This cooperative project has been funded in part through the Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Partners of Water Rocks! include Iowa Department of Natural Resources (United States Environmental Protection Agency), Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Water Center, Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and personal gifts of support.

Ann Staudt

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