The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is sponsoring six courses on how to teach outdoor skills to K-12 teachers, naturalists and other educators this spring and summer.

Hands-on sessions (indoors and outdoors) will provide introductory instruction and skill development, teaching materials and lesson plans. The cost of each course varies. Create an account on the AEALearning website to find out the cost, registration deadline and requirements for each course.

  • Scholastic Clay target program (trainer), Field Day: March 5 at Olofson Rifle Range, Polk City

Learn the requirements to become a certified youth athletic trainer in the Scholastic Clay Target program. Participants must also register online SCTP Coaching Course (to be completed between February 1 and 28, 2022) and the field day. Participants should plan to bring a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun, cartridges, and eye and hearing protection for the day in the field.

  • Basic paddling skills, June 8-9 at Briggs Woods Park, Webster City

Participants will learn how to teach paddling skills to others in the classroom and on the water (lake and river). Participants should dress for the weather, including quick-drying clothes and water shoes (or old sneakers that can get wet) and be prepared for a slightly strenuous activity.

  • Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills, June 14-15 at Big Creek State Park (Beach Shelter), Polk City

Participants will receive introductory instructions and lesson plans for planning outings, reading maps, hiking, boating, fishing, archery, campfire cooking, and safety / security. basic gun shooting.

  • Iowa Fish! Basic fishing, June 23-24 at Kent Park Conservation Center, Oxford

Participants will learn to teach fish identification, fishing grounds, casting techniques, and cleaning and cooking fish. Participants will experience lake / pond fishing (including kayak and / or canoe fishing) and be introduced to other types of fishing. Peer teaching and small group work will be used to develop teaching strategies appropriate for individual teaching situations.

  • Archery, June 28 at the Olofson Shooting Range, Polk City

Participants will learn archery and basic instructional skills, as well as the maintenance of archery equipment. Participants will receive National archery in schools Teaching materials. Those who register for this course will receive email information to register for the “Basic Archery Instructor” online course. (Completion required between June 21 and June 27, 2022.)

  • Hunter education, July 20-21 at Olofson Shooting Range, Polk City

Learn the requirements to become a certified hunter training instructor, including gun handling and safety, requirements, and hunter training course policies and procedures.

Educators can obtain license renewals for all six courses. Graduate credit is also available for Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills and Fish Iowa! Basic fishing sessions.

Register for courses on how to teach outdoor skills on the AEALearning website at https: // You will be asked to create an account if you do not already have one. After logging in, enter “outdoor skills” in the course search to find the registration information for each course.

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