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Celebrate Earth Day With Iowa PBS

Mar 29, 2021

It’s big, it’s blue, and it’s the only one we have. According to scientists, the Earth is estimated to be 4.54 billion years old, plus or minus about 50 million years, and with a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, the Earth can be around for another 4.54 billion years.

Celebrate Earth Day with Iowa PBS with some of these great resources:

Iowa Pathways

  • Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling — This famous cartoonist, conservationist and Iowan believed everyone could be a conservationist in their own way.
  • Parks: To Save a Natural Place — Iowa’s state park system was started by the Iowa Federation of Women (IFW). This group saw the need to preserve and conserve our natural resources for future generations.They were so good at their job that all 99 counties in Iowa have at least one state park.
  • Civilian Conservation Corps — This New Deal agency built dams, beautified state parks and cleared roadsides. Just walk the trails at Pine Lake or Effigy Mounds to see the lasting effect members of the CCC have had on our state.
  • Iowa’s Geology — The story of Iowa started long before people ever lived on the land. Iowa’s land has formed through a slow and never-ending process. Geologists believe that earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and ice helped form and change Iowa for over 1 billion years. These processes formed the base for Iowa’s farming success, mining industries and even some art forms.

Iowa Science Phenomena

  • Iowa Science Phenomena — Explore a variety of user-generated, Iowa-centric phenomena, representing all corners of the state. Captured, aligned and vetted by Iowa teachers, Iowa Science Phenomena allows you to introduce locally relevant questions and curiosity into your classroom.

Iowa’s State Parks 

  • Iowa State Parks History, Trails & Photography Iowa Outdoors celebrates the 100-year anniversary of Iowa State Parks by showcasing park history, varied trail experiences and photographic inspiration found in state parks.
  • Iowa State Parks by Air — This special Iowa Outdoors episode celebrating 100 years of Iowa State Parks history features a look at select parks from the sky!
  • Iowa State Parks ArtistsIowa Outdoors celebrates the 100-year anniversary of Iowa State Parks by profiling Iowa artists that find inspiration in the state's public lands.

Market to Market Classroom 

  • Science & Technology in Agriculture — From tractors and pest control to how they till Iowa’s land, farmers are always looking for ways to be better stewards of the land than their parents and grandparents before them. One key to their success is the advancement of agricultural practices in Iowa, the United States and around the world. 
  • New Markets & Entrepreneurship — Renewable energy or green energy was not always in our lexicon. The idea of being able to harvest the wind like we harvest our crops, or the ability to plant a crop and then use it for gasoline, had to start somewhere.

Iowa PBS Resources in PBS LearningMedia

  • Explore More — This multimedia project is designed to engage students in problems they can relate to, provide compelling content for investigation, and give students opportunities to form their own points of view. The project features engaging topics, an issue-driven approach and a variety of technology resources.
  • Iowa Land and Sky — Enjoy a unique perspective of the state's landforms, rivers and towns. This collection presents an entertaining and educational exploration of Iowa’s natural environments and environmental challenges. The visuals and stories created through the project help students better understand and appreciate the ecological and geological diversity of Iowa.