ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Lyon County Conservation Board will host a “Growing Up Wild” child care provider training from noon to 3 p.m. May 28 at the East Shelter at Lake Pahoja Recreation Area near Inwood.

“Growing Up Wild” focuses on reconnecting children with nature by building on children’s sense of wonder and exploring the world just outside the door. The workshop is for adult childhood professionals that work with children ages 3 to 7. Activities are designed to advance children’s physical and intellectual development.

The training will be hosted by Lyon County Naturalist Emily Ostrander, ISU Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life Lori Hayungs and Human Sciences Program Coordinator Mackenzie DeJong.

Participants will receive a guide with 27 nature-based themes, as well as snack ideas and take-home family activities. All attendees are asked to dress casually in attire appropriate for outdoor activities.

To register for the program, visit the Iowa Child Care Providers Training Registry ( and then pay the class registration fee at The fee includes snacks and materials. Each daycare center or home will also need to purchase a minimum of one book for $30. Registration deadline to guarantee materials is May 16.

Questions can be directed to Mackenzie DeJong at (712) 541-8737 or