Help us recognize the best of EE in Iowa! Have you or someone you know done something great for conservation & environmental education in Iowa? Nominate them for an IAN/ICEC Award for Excellence in Environmental Education! The IAN/ICEC Awards for Excellence in EE recognize the incredible contributions of environmental educators, partners, and supporters toward the … Read moreNominations Now Open for the 2018 IAN/ICEC Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education
Below are the candidate statements for ICEC’s Executive Committee nominees for the 2019-2021 term. ICEC’s members are asked to review the statements and vote for up to three candidates in our election by December 31, 2018. Ballots have been sent to members via email. Please contact Alicia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you did not receive a … Read moreExecutive Committee Candidate Statements
ICEC was awarded a Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) grant in June to support a new project entitled “Charting a Course for the Future of Conservation Education in Iowa: A Needs Assessment and Action Plan.” The assessment will inform an action plan to build capacity for conservation and environmental education (EE) … Read moreIowa Conservation & Environmental Education Survey Now Live!
Bat week is an annual international celebration of the role of bats in nature. This year’s bat week is October 24-31. Step outside around dusk and take a few moments to look for bats in your neighborhood. Iowa is home to nine bat species: little brown bat, big brown bat, red bat, hoary bat, silver-haired … Read moreHappy Bat Week!
ICEC is now accepting nominations for our Executive Committee 2019-2021 term. ExCom members serve ICEC by setting the vision for the organization. ExCom members develop leadership skills, meet fellow educators and conservationists, and contribute skills and knowledge to our organization. ICEC membership must be current to serve on ExCom. Learn more about ExCom Download nomination … Read moreJoin Our Leadership!
Animals can be a wonderful resource to enhance learning and understanding in the classroom. Many children today have limited exposure to wildlife and animals. Having an animal in the classroom allows children to observe and study an animal first hand. It allows for the observation of animal life cycles and behaviors. Classroom animals also teach … Read moreKeeping Classroom Animals
Take a peek into Iowa’s prehistoric past with these “living fossils” that still exist in Iowa today. Paddlefish This fish is older than the dinosaurs – for real. Fossil records show paddlefish have been around for more than 300 million years – that’s about 50 million years before the first dinosaurs appeared. Not only has … Read moreIowa’s Land Before Time: Prehistoric Species Live On
What is a “flood”? A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land which is normally dry. Floods occur when there is more water in a river, lake, or stream than the body of water can hold. The excess water then floods onto the land. Floods occur frequently when there is excess rain and … Read moreFlooding
ICEC is proud to announce that we have been awarded a Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) grant to support a new project entitled “Charting a Course for the Future of Conservation Education in Iowa: A Needs Assessment and Action Plan.” The grant was awarded at REAP CEP’s board meeting on June … Read moreICEC Awarded REAP CEP Grant: Charting a Course for the Future of Conservation Education in Iowa
What is Pollination? Pollination is the process where plants receive pollen from other plants of the same species so they can reproduce and form seeds. Many plants are pollinated by animals, and most of the animal pollinators are insects. The relationship between plants and their insect pollinators is beneficial to both the plant and the … Read moreHelping our Native Pollinators
Thank you to everyone who supported our kickoff campaign for the Big Trees Innovation Fund! The campaign ran from April 22nd to May 22nd. We raised over $4,000 for this new fund, which will help us support projects and outreach efforts that we would otherwise not be able to do. Many Big Trees were honored … Read moreThank you for supporting the Big Trees Innovation Fund!
All the wet weather this May is making conditions perfect for fungus! These pictures feature Xylaria polymorpha which is commonly known as Dead Man’s Fingers. What a fun name and perfect if anyone is starting to get into the Halloween spirit a little bit early! The scientific name helps us understand a little more about … Read moreFungus Among Us