April 23-29, 2017, registration begins March 15, 2017. 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 and math) learning. This year marks the 13th year of celebrating “EE … Read moreNational Environmental Education Week
Field investigations create an essential link between classroom activities and what students see and experience outside the school settings. They can provide students with examples of how the science concepts they learn in class are used in everyday life. Field investigations encourage students to ask questions, explore, observe, and investigate their local environment. Direct observation … Read moreClassroom Field Investigations
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 moreNational Invasive Species Awareness Week
For many Iowa animals, the stark landscape – bare trees and a bright white groundcover – makes them stand out more in the winter, which is good news for those who enjoy watching wildlife. But for a few Iowa critters, winter is a time for them to blend in with the scenery. Jackrabbits They may … Read moreWinter Camouflage and Coloration in Iowa’s Wildlife
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 moreCounting Birds for Science
Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher “standard of living” is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. For us of in the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than … Read moreCelebrating Aldo
Kick off the new year with a winter hike in an Iowa State Park! The Iowa DNR State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes, led by staff and volunteers, in many state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. America’s State Parks First … Read moreFirst Day Hikes
The Christmas Bird Count is an annual event sponsored by Audubon. All Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14 to January 5, inclusive dates, each season. This longest running Citizen Science survey in the world provides critical data on population trends. It is organized into circles, and each circle counts as many birds as … Read moreHelp gather information for bird conservation
A human community is a group of people who live and interact with one another in a specific region under relatively similar environmental, social, and political conditions. A natural community is a group of plants and animals that live and interact with one another in a specific region under similar environmental conditions. Our human communities … Read moreUsing Local History
Please consider nominating a colleague, a group you work with, and even yourself for one the IAN-ICEC environmental education excellence awards! You can find information here and nomination applications can be emailed to committee chair, Sarah Subbert!
ICEC Welcomes Alicia Vasto, our new Executive Director! Alicia grew up in Adel, Iowa, attending ADM public schools and graduating as valedictorian in 2007. She received a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. She then attained a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University in 2013, with a … Read moreNew Executive Director to start in December!
At the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting, the Executive Committee explained that a sub-committee was going to review the current bylaws of ICEC. This sub-committee worked to update the bylaws to how the organization has evolved. Then the sub-committee worked with the Drake Legal Clinic to have the draft restatement of the ICEC bylaws reviewed for … Read moreRestatement of the Bylaws