Upcoming IAHPERD Events
Registration filling fast for outdoor skills classesFour “Teaching Outdoor Skills” courses will be offered for educators in June and July. All include hands-on instruction and skills development as well as teaching materials. Cost varies. Check out the course section for more specifics. Participants can earn license renewal or graduate credit.*
*Graduate credit offered for Basic Outdoor Skills and Fish Iowa! courses.
- Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills (June 15-16)
- Fish Iowa! (June 28-29)
- Archery and Bowfishing (July 12-13)
- Hunter Education (July 19-20)
If you do not already have an account, you will be asked to create one. Once you login, you can locate registration information for the courses by entering “outdoor skills” in the course search.
Teaching Outdoor Skills: An Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills June 15-16, 2021
Registration deadline: June 10
Annett Nature Center (Warren CCB)
15565 118th Avenue
Indianola, IA 50125
Hands-on sessions will acquaint participants with a variety of basic outdoor skills and teaching resources/methodologies. Participants will receive introductory instruction and lesson plans for planning outings, map reading, hiking, paddling, fishing, archery, campfire cooking, and basic firearm safety/shooting.
Registration fee includes meals (lunch and dinner on day 1 and lunch on day 2) and materials.
Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!June 28-29, 2021
Registration deadline: June 10
Jones County Conservation Center
12514 Central Park Rd
Center Junction, IA 52212This two-day course will acquaint participants with the Fish Iowa! Basic Spincasting teaching module and other resources to teach fishing in a variety of settings. Participants will learn to teach fish identification, fishing locations, casting techniques, and cleaning and cooking fish. Participants will experience lake/pond fishing (including fishing from a kayak and/or canoe) and be introduced to other types of fishing including spinning, bait casting, and fly-fishing. Instruction will include a variety of demonstrations and hands-on, experiential approaches. Peer teaching and small group work will be used to develop appropriate teaching strategies for individual teaching situations.
Registration fee includes lunch, teaching modules, and an instructor kit. Teaching materials will be provided in pdf format, so please bring a laptop or similar device with a USB port.
Teaching Outdoor Skills: Archery and BowfishingJuly 12-13, 2021
Registration deadline: July 5
Mahaska County Conservation Center
2342 Hwy 92
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
This hands-on session will acquaint participants with basic archery and archery instructional skills, as well as bowfishing basics. Participants will receive National Archery in the Schools and Explore Bowfishing instructional materials. Registration fee includes meals and materials.
Teaching Outdoor Skills: Hunter EducationJuly 19-20, 2021
Registration deadline: July 12
Olofson Shooting Range
11652 NW Nissen Drive
Polk City, IA 50226
This two-day course covers requirements for educators to become certified hunter education instructors including firearm handling and safety, hunter education class requirements, and policies and procedures.
Registration fee includes lunch, supplies, and teaching materials. Some resources are online, so please bring a laptop or tablet to access. [Iowa Hunter Education Program funding most materials and supplies.]
NOTE: All participants, including those registering as "Participant Only," should plan to complete all of the work required (attendance, participation and assignments) to receive the full benefit of the training.
For courses offered for graduate credit: Please check with your partnering institution of higher education to be certain it will be accepted towards a master's degree or endorsement.
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