Soil Health Kits Incorporate New Iowa Science Standards

On November 23, 2016, Marty Adkins, Assistant State Conservationist – Partnerships, rolled out a new Soil Health Kit, developed by Iowa Earth Team volunteers.  The project idea was sparked by an Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) workshop he attended in 2015.  ICEC encouraged attendees to develop conservation and environmental education materials that would meet the … Read more

Announcing the 2016 IAN-ICEC Award Winners

Through a cooperative awards program with the Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN), ICEC recognizes outstanding classroom teachers, naturalists, business leaders, youth, non-profit groups, and other people and programs dedicated to environmental education in the state of Iowa. Congratulations to all of the award winners of 2016! And thank you for your contributions to environmental education. … Read more

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

zebra mussels

Learn more about Iowa invasive species as we celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week February 27 to March 3, 2017. What are invasive species? Invasive species are species of organism that are not native to an ecosystem and which cause harm. Invasive species generally grow and reproduce quickly, and spread aggressively with the potential to … Read more

Counting Birds for Science

chickadee at feeder

Bundle up, grab your binoculars and head out to count birds for science! Join in on the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count. Simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017. Count birds in as many places and … Read more