Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor

The Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor is a unique community space located in the ISU Research Park. It showcases conservation techniques, sustainable technologies, environmental education, water quality awareness, and trail connectivity. This 37-acre park brings county, city, university, and state partners together to illustrate synergies among commercial development, quality of life improvements, and natural resource conservation.

The corridor focuses on progressive approaches that demonstrate management of the urban-rural interface for both urban growth and resource protection. The corridor demonstrates a collaborative development that will improve Story County's economy, environment, and quality of life.

The Tedesco Connector Trail begins at the northwest corner of the park, crosses University Boulevard, and continues on to connect Ames with the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail and High Trestle Trail. 


1815 Plaza Loop, Ames, Iowa 50010


  • Stream accesses and wetland boardwalk
  • Water quality improvement demonstrations
  • Stream, wetland, and prairie restorations
  • Interactive educational elements
  • Gathering areas
  • Integrated technology
  • Paved primary trails
  • Permeable secondary trails
  • Trail connection to Ames and regional trails

Operating Hours & Seasons

Park hours are 5:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.


This area is open year round.