History

ICEC has a long history, adapting to changes in the landscape of conservation education over time. Here are a few of our milestones:

  • 1953 Conservation Education Association formed nationally (via Izaak Walton League)
  • 1958 Iowa Conservation Education Council incorporated (consortium of 40 different agencies/institutions). The mission of the organization was to:
    • Stimulate cooperation among individuals and agencies interest in conservation education
    • Assist schools with conservation education
    • Develop conservation education materials
    • Stimulate development of┬áconservation education in Iowa
  • 1968 ICEC reincorporated, allowed voting membership
  • 1969 First newsletter
  • 1982 Reincorporated; allowed board to be made up of all members
  • 1991 Reincorporated; averaged about 400 members
  • 2007 Reincorporated as the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition
  • 2011 Introduced new branding
  • 2016 Hired first full-time Executive Director