Metro Waste Authority is offering an environmental education professional development course for middle and high school environmental science teachers. The course, which runs June 23-24, 2022 in Clive, offers an in-depth look at watersheds. It is tailored to ecosystems local to Central Iowa and will provide teachers with the skills and background to teach students about water quality and watershed health.   

Course Goals 

  • Get outside to learn field-based teaching strategies from Dr. Keith Summerville of Drake University
  • Build effective environmental teaching skills
  • Discuss effective inquiry-based pedagogy
  • Develop lessons that can be used in your own classroom
  • Implement field lessons created during the course into the 2022-23 school year
  • Get connected with leaders in your community to share environmental data gathered by your students to help guide environmental initiative


Teachers who participate in the professional development will receive the following resources:

  • $300 stipend
  • $800+ subgrant to purchase field-based environmental education supplies that best match your outdoor environment* 
  • Supplies for your classroom, including:
    • Complete water quality test kit
    • Pocket microscope
    • 8 insect nets
    • 8 aquatic dip nets
    • Laminated "Trees in Your Pocket" guide
    • Laminated "Butterflies in Your Pocket" guide
  • Reimbursement for cost of graduate or continuing education credit through the Heartland AEA 
  • Bus stipend to be used for environmental place-based learning for your students during the 2022-23 school year

*Final subgrant amount is dependent on enrollment, but attendees will receive no less than $800.


Participating teachers will be required to: 

  • Sign a subgrant agreement committing to spending your total subgrant amount on approved supplies connected to your project
  • Plan an environmental enrichment project in which students gather environmental data
  • Use subgrant funds provided by the EPA to purchase supplies for your environmental enrichment project
  • Provide documentation of purchases to your district and Metro Waste Authority
  • Carry out your environmental enrichment project with your students between August and November, 2022
  • Share your class-gathered environmental data in a publicly accessible database
  • Connect with city or community leadership to share data
  • Engage in monthly check ins with workshop leadership to provide updates, ask questions, or get assistance
  • Complete environmental enrichment project and share data/results by December 31, 2022

Register Today! 

Space is limited! The capacity for the course is 16 teachers, and there can be no more than four teachers from any one school district. Preference will be given to teachers from districts in Metro Waste Authority’s service area.

Register for the course here. (You must be registered with Heartland AEA to view this page.)

For questions or more information about the course, contact Metro Waste Authority Education & Outreach Coordinator Sarah Borzo at

This publication was developed under Assistance Agreement No.NE-97768201 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed in this document are solely those of Metro Waste Authority and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this publication