46. The American School
The American School of Wildlife Protection was established at McGregor in August, 1919, and continued every summer until 1941. The school grew out of a summer meeting of the Iowa Conservation Association in 1918. This Association and the McGregor Citizens Association set up a five-day session in 1919. The 1920 session lasted one week and all later sessions were two weeks in length. Faculty was drawn from Iowa State College, the State University of Iowa, colleges of the Midwest, and state and federal conservation agencies. Major fields covered were Indian lore, botany, geology, forestry, entomology, and ornithology. No textbooks were used, no examinations required, and no credit given. Desire for a national park for the Midwest and intensified interest in conservation following World War I were factors in the establishment of the Wildlife School. It was the first of its kind in the United States and set a pattern which was followed in other parts of the country, notably Colorado.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Carlander, Harriet Bell
"The American School of Wildlife, McGregor, Iowa 1919-1941,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 68(1), 294-300.
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