Flooding

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 more

Fungus Among Us

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 more

National Environmental Education Week

April 23-29, 2018 National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education. With support from national sponsor, Samsung, EE Week continues its multi-year focus on connecting the environment with STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) learning. This year’s EE Week theme is EE Every Day & Every Way. EE Week … Read more

Registration Open for Outdoor Learning Environments Conference

ICEC and Prairie Rivers of Iowa invites educators, conservationists, community leaders, landscapers, and others that value outdoor education to our inaugural Iowa Outdoor Learning Environments Conference! Register here! The Outdoor Learning Environments Conference will give you all the tools and resources necessary to create and use a vibrant outdoor space for environmental education. Outdoor Learning … Read more

Partnership with Monarchs on the Move

ICEC is proud to announce a new partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach to facilitate “Monarchs on the Move” training across Iowa. ICEC is working ISU Extension and Outreach staff, including Professional Development Specialist Lynne Campbell, Crop Sciences Youth Education Specialist Maya Hayslett, and Associate Educator in O’Brien and Sioux Counties Beth Bunkers, to reach … Read more

Save the Date! Outdoor Learning Environments Conference June 18-19 in Ames

In partnership with Prairie Rivers of Iowa, ICEC is excited to present the Outdoor Learning Environments Conference. The conference will build a statewide network around Outdoor Learning Environments (OLEs). An OLE as a deliberately selected or designed outdoor setting, used and supported by many in the community that provides an intentional space for exploration, inquiry, … Read more

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Learn more about Iowa invasive species as we celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week, February 26 – March 2, 2018. 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

Welcome to our New ExCom Members

ICEC is excited to welcome two new members to our Executive Committee – Mary Bulger and Lilly Jensen. As ExCom members, Mary and Lilly will help to set the direction for ICEC over the course of their three-year terms of service. Thank you Mary and Lilly for joining our team! Mary Bulger Mary grew up … Read more