Who We Are

ICEC is a non-profit organization, founded in 1958 with a long-standing tradition of providing professional development to formal and non-formal educators and in conservation and environmental education.  Originally incorporated as the Iowa Conservation Education Council, ICEC is North America’s longest running conservation / environmental education organization!

Individuals, organizations, and agencies interested in promoting conservation education in Iowa are key players in the success of ICEC. Many members are educators working in a variety of positions throughout the state, but anyone may join.

ICEC is an affiliate member of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
 Find NAAEE annual reports here.

What We Do

ICEC is the unifying voice for conservation and environmental education, sharing information between and among conservation professionals, conservation agencies, school districts, educators, and science consultants. ICEC promotes environmental education by building connections between educators and their local resources. This helps all educators connect learners with authentic content and knowledge about the real world outside their windows. In doing so, learners of all ages may find small, relatively simple methods of becoming better land and resource stewards in ways that benefit their local community.

What We Do for You

At ICEC, we work on behalf of our members to provide opportunities to network, educate and renew, advocate, and recognize. Here are a few examples of what we do for you:


We are working to build and grow networks of nearby formal and non-formal educators plus conservation agencies in order to support relevant, hands-on science based on the Iowa Core Science Standards.  Through our work of connecting schools to conservation resources, we’re helping to train the next generation of conservation scientists, biologists, teachers, and naturalists!

Future generations benefit when our networks are strong enough to put them into contact with real science and scientists working where they live.  We work to build relationships between conservation scientists, naturalist educators, classroom teachers, Area Education Agency consultants to foster communication and opportunities to work together.  Students benefit!

Educate and Renew

Coordinate workshops to provide new insights and styles from outstanding presenters and inspiring keynoters while highlighting local conservation resources and their research activities. These professional development opportunities will enhance educators’ abilities to connect their learners with authentic content and the natural environment. We also share other’s professional development opportunities from our partners on our “What’s Happening” page.

Publish a newsletter three times a year, Pathways to Education, to promote new trends in education, share relevant events, and to provide program ideas and reading recommendations.

Collaborate to provide KinderNature, a website offering nature-related educational activities for early care and education professionals, parents, and grandparents. Visit kindernature.org and share with others.


Promote the social and economic benefits of preserving land, water, and wildlife, as well as encouraging all to spend time in the out-of-doors for improved personal health and to deepen the connection to the land. These mindsets and beliefs are crucial for helping the children of future generations spend more time outdoors.


ICEC recognizes excellence in conservation and environmental education in Iowa. For more info, jump to our Awards page.