REAP stands for Resource Enhancement and Protection. It is a program in the State of Iowa that invests in, as its name implies, the enhancement and protection of the state's natural and cultural resources. Iowa is blessed with a diverse array of natural and cultural resources, and REAP is likewise diverse and far reaching. REAP funds are utilized for city parks and open space, county conservation programs, state park maintenance, soil and water enhancement programs, historic resource preservation, roadside vegetation management, and conservation education. REAP is funded from the state's Environment First Fund (Iowa gaming receipts) and from the sale of the natural resource license plate.

Since the program began in 1989, the REAP program has contributed more than $3.29 million to projects in Pottawattamie County. The original purchase of Camp Hitchcock by the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board was facilitated by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and was funded by a REAP grant. Since then, Hitchcock has grown a number of times - largely because of funding received from the REAP program. In total, Hitchcock Nature Center has received $702,000 to acquire 980 acres.

The development of this computerized interpretive kiosk was funded by a REAP Conservation Education Grant in 2003.