US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District

Coralville Lake

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Coralville Lake offers a variety of education programs that can be conducted both on site and in the classroom.

Coralville Lake Field Trips

The Coralville Lake Visitor Center is open 8-4 Monday through Friday year-round and 10-5 Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from May to September. Self-guided visits are available any day that the center is open. These activities include a 10 minute movie about the Coralville Dam and Devonian Fossil Gorge, educational exhibits, and a native plant garden. Scavenger hunts are available to facilitate time in the exhibits.

For groups larger than 10, please contact the visitor center at 319-338-3543 before your visit to avoid conflict with other scheduled groups. Programs and field trips will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis considering staff and facility availability. There is no charge for self-guided activities or special programs.

For larger groups or groups visiting both the visitor center and Devonian Fossil Gorge, the bus or other transportation will need to stay on site throughout the field trip to transport students between locations.

 

Special Request Programs

Special programs can be scheduled when staff is available. Groups requesting special programming must have at least 10 people in attendance. Groups larger than the maximum for each program will be split into smaller groups and rotate between activities. Programs must normally be requested at least 2 weeks in advance.

Pre-K to 6th grade groups requesting indoor visitor center programs must have one adult for every ten children. Outdoor programs or activities including the Devonian Fossil Gorge Tour must provide the following adult supervision:

Grades Pre-K to 2nd: 1 adult for every 5 children
Grades 3rd – 6th: 1 adult for every 10 children
 

Group leaders and adults are responsible for discipline. Staff reserves the right to end a program at any time if they deem that conditions or behaviors are unsafe.

 

Leader/Teacher Guided Activities

Teachers or group leaders may be required to provide activities for their students when staff is not available for special programs. Activity kits are available for use on field trip days. Topics available include: Archeology, Geology, Fossils, and Mammals. Teachers or group leaders will be notified if they need to provide activities for their students.

Contact and Address:
Coralville Lake Visitor Center
2850 Prairie Du Chein Road NE
Iowa City, IA 52240
319-338-3543
Coralville.Lake@usace.army.mil
 
 

The following staff-facilitated Special Programs are available by reservation at Coralville Lake Visitor Center. To schedule a program, please contact Visitor Center Staff at 319-338-3543.

How can I be safe around water?
Group size: maximum 30
Recommended age: K-12
Recommended season: Year-round
Length of program: 20-40 minutes
Being safe around the water can save your life! Presentation techniques and topics will be adjusted by age group. Program may include steps to choosing the right life jacket, hypothermia and its effects, basic boating safety, how to save a drowning person (Reach, Throw, Row, Don’t GO), and the dangers of consuming alcohol while swimming or boating.
 
Coralville Dam
Group Size: maximum 40
Recommended Age: 4th grade and up
Recommended Season: Year-round
Length of Program: 20 minutes
Find out when, why and how Coralville Dam was constructed. Learn how it function and how it is now managed for flood risk management as well as recreation and natural resources. This is can be either a 20 minute PowerPoint or ranger lead presentation or an outdoor program overlooking the dam from the visitor center grounds. Older students may be lead on a walking tour across the dam, but will NOT go into the control tower.
 
Every Kid in a Park
Group size: maximum 40
Recommended age: 4th grade ONLY
Recommended season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Length of Program: 20-30 minutes
Did you know that 4th grade students can earn a free pass to take their families to public lands? This ½ hour presentation will introduce students to what public land is and how they can enjoy it. At the end of the presentation teachers or group leaders will be issued an Every Kid in a Park Pass for each participant.
 
Where does pollution come from and what can we do?
Group size: maximum 25
Recommended age: Pre-K to 6th
Recommended season: April to October, weather dependent
Length of Program: 30-40 minutes
Find out how some of your daily activities may be contributing to pollution. Presenters will make use of an Enviroscape 3-D model to demonstrate how surface pollutants get into our lakes. Programs will be adjusted to the age of participants.
 
Devonian Fossil Gorge Tour
Group size: maximum 25
Recommended age: Pre-K to College
Recommended season: April to October, weather dependent
Length of Program: 45-60 minutes
Explore the Devonian Fossil Gorge to discover evidence of what Iowa was like and what was living here 375 million years ago. Staff will provide an orientation and facilitate the experience in the gorge. For safety, groups younger than 3rd grade should bring 1 adult for every 5 students and groups 3rd to 6th grades should bring one adult for every 10 students. The fossil gorge is not wheelchair accessible.
 
Who lives here?
Group size: maximum 25
Recommended age: K-6th
Recommended season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter (as weather allows)
Length of Program: 30-40 minutes
Take a guided walk to learn more about the plants and animals that live here. The walk will include elements of each animal’s habitat – food, water, shelter, and living space. Presentation topics and length can be adjusted based on the age of participants.
 
Mammal Skins, Skulls, and Tracks
Group size: maximum 25
Recommended age: K-12
Recommended season: Year-round
Length of Program: 30-60 minutes
Learn about the different types of mammals native to Iowa, how to identify them, and how they behave! Presenters will use real skins and replica skulls and tracks for a hands-on experience. This program may include a PowerPoint presentation and will be adjusted to the
age of participants.
 
Prairie Life
Group size: maximum 25
Recommended age: 4th grade and up
Recommended season: Late summer and Fall
Length of Program: 30-60 minutes
Do you know what Iowa looked like 200 years ago? The program will cover the creatures, plants and management tools of the prairie. You will learn about the remaining 1/10 of a percent of the prairie left in Iowa. The program will vary by season and age of participants.