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29th State (December 28, 1846), midwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: IA

Nickname: Hawkeye State, Corn State

Origin of Name: Named for the Iowa River, which was named for the Iowa, or Ioway, Indians.

Iowa State Symbols :

Capital: Des Moines
Motto: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
Iowa State Seal
Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
Flower: Wild Prairie Rose
Rock: Geode
Song: The Song of Iowa
Tree: Oak

Things to Know

Iowa is a breadbasket for the U.S. , with 90 percent of its land devoted to farming. The main products of Iowa are corn and hogs.

Major Rivers: Mississippi River , Cedar River, Des Moines River, Iowa River, Missouri River.

Friends of the Prairie Learning Center
Information on plants, animals, restoration and preservation of prairies.

Famous Iowans

William Buffalo Bill Cody , scout

Grant Wood , American painter

Herbert Hoover , the 31st president of the United States
The Herbert C. Hoover Presidential Library -Visit the students section for fun activities and research help.
Printable fact sheet on President Herbert Hoover provides you with photos and personal information.

Things to Do

Iowa State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Sites to See

Iowa DOT website for young Iowans
Online games and pdf color books (flying, enviro....)

Bellevue State Park Butterfly Page
View and learn about around 60 species of butterflies at Bellevue State Park's Butterfly Garden. 

CampSilos (grades 4-8)
Find out how Iowan farms and learn about the history and different uses for corn.


Design Your Own Aquatic Habitat (pdf)

Turtle Nest Maze (pdf)

Color Pages

Grant Wood, American Gothic color page

Iowa Flag color page

Iowa map outline

Things To Do-Other Sites

Iowa State Quarter
Read about the Iowa State Quarter and print out the color page.


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