The east wing of the Hartman Interpretive Center was built in the early 1940's. Today, after decades of use, it desperately needs to be refurbished.
So much needs to be done.
So much needs to be done.
- Structural elements need replacement, according to an engineers report.
- A new roof and windows, and additional insulation, are needed.
- The building does not meet current ADA or energy efficiency standards.
- Adequate space for educational programs has run out.
Blue Spotted Salamander Reintroduction
Together with the Iowa DNR and Henry Doorly Zoo, Hartman is trying to make what was once common, common again. The blue spotted salamander is a state endangered species. A release is planned for Spring 2016.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
STEM Recognition at Hartman! The Hartman educational program recently was designated a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Contracted Service Provider with Waterloo Community Schools--the first of such recognition in the Cedar Valley. We've been doing STEM programming all along--it's nice to be recognized!
Artist in Residence
We provide the inspiration and studio space to let you create. One artist is chosen every year to demonstrate their art as inspired by Hartman and the natural beauty that surrounds this area. We work with other local artists from the Waterloo Center for the Arts and University Book & Supply provides well..supplies!
Urban Youth Corps
For over 30 years Hartman has given urban youth the chance to gain work experience maintaining trails, building foot bridges and learning job skills.
Partners such as the Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District and the University of Northern Iowa contribute to the understanding of the importance of our local watershed. Understanding the concept of the "what and how" is the first step toward good stewardship.
Waste Reduction Education
Funded by the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Commission, the Waste Trac Education Team provides free programs for school groups and adults.
The Field Trip Trust
For over 15 years donors have provided funding for school field trips to Hartman. This fund pays for half of the cost to have a classroom Hartman experience. This fund is exclusively for schools who need it most, namely those with a high percentage of students that qualify as low income. This fund continues to grow and every year we are able to provide more opportunities for more students!
The Hartman Future Fund
Part endowment, part privately invested. This diversified fund is in place to see that Hartman Reserve's future is bright.