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The Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN) is a professional organization that promotes the development of skills and education within the art of interpreting the natural and cultural environments. This non-profit group was founded in 1978 and now sustains nearly 150 members across the state.

Most IAN members are actively involved as professionals and volunteers in interpreting the natural and cultural resources of Iowa.

IAN strives to:

  • Establish lines of communication among interpreters for the stimulation of thought, exchange of ideas, and mutual assistance;
  • Maintain communications with related organizations and the public to promote interest in and understanding of the objectives of interpretive programs; and
  • Support the preservation and interpretation of areas that have significant natural and cultural values.

IAN meets formally three times a year during training workshops (spring, summer, and fall) and supports non-formal regional meetings and other events throughout the year.

IAN is a supportive network of people who share their ideas, enthusiasm, and solutions to problems. Join us!


Planting the seed of environmental stewardship by communicating the meanings and relationships in natural, cultural, and historical resources.