Did you know one shovel full of soil contains more living things than people on planet Earth? More than 7 billion!

Visitors to Farm Bureau Park who visit the Conservation Station will learn about keeping Iowa’s soil in place.

The Watershed Game provides a fun hands-on, interactive demonstration of the sources and effects of water pollution and how to prevent it. The mobile learning center also has a Rainfall Simulator that demonstrates how farming and urban practices protect soil and water quality. Back by popular demand, the “Poo Shuffle” invites visitors to learn about the connection between pet waste and water quality.

The station will be open 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. the first two days of the fair, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second week of the fair and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The Conservation Station is based at Iowa State University as part of the Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks! award-winning environmental programs.