Conservation Station a Hit at the Iowa State Fair


Butter cow carver, Sarah Pratt stopped by the Conservation Station to play the poo shuffle.

Another year at the Iowa State Fair has come to a close. A whopping 1,031,278 people attended the fair, apparently a down year. That wasn’t the case for the Water Rocks!/Iowa Learning Farms team. We spoke to 9,802 people — that’s a 38% increase from the previous year.

That means 9,802 people learned about what a watershed is, and why it matters to have clean water with our watershed game. They saw how important it is to keep the soil covered with our rainfall machine, and why we should pick up after our pets with our famous poo shuffle. These interactions were less, “Hello, are you having fun at the fair?”, and more “What can you do for clean water?”

This amazing outreach effort would not have been possible without the help from our dedicated partners, interns, and numerous volunteers. A big thank you from the entire Water Rocks!/Iowa Learning Farms team!


Jim Gillespie (top left), Mark Rasmussen (top right), John Lawrence (bottom left), and Mark Hanna (bottom right), all did an outstanding job working the rainfall machine.


The signage outside the poo shuffle was a real eye opener for participants.


The Conservation Station offered a water quality lesson for all ages and all backgrounds.

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