The Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) is a non-profit organization with a long-standing tradition of providing professional development to formal and non-formal educators in conservation and environmental education. ICEC is the unifying voice for conservation and environmental education in Iowa. Individuals, organizations, and agencies interested in promoting conservation and environmental education in Iowa are key players in the success of ICEC.
Engaging Students in High Quality Project-Based Learning Through the Ames Students Aiding Pollinators (ASAP) Project at Ames High School
by Mike Todd, Ames High School Science Teacher “I think I’m done,” Josh says as he turns a computer to show me his first draft of the ASAP logo that will be used on every other student pollinator project. As our conversation develops and he takes notes about the critiques I offer up, he realizes... Continue reading→
Congratulations to the 2017 Conservation Teacher of the Year Award Winners!
ICEC, with the co-sponsorship of the Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program, is proud to have awarded Sue Sparrow Meggers and Louis Beck as this year’s Division I and II Conservation Teacher of the Year! This award is given annually to two classroom teachers who are creating awareness in their classrooms and beyond about the need... Continue reading→
Iowa Core Aligned Programs Now Available!
Programs aligned with the Iowa Core Science Standards are now available online! These programs have been adapted from the work of participants in last summer’s work sessions and the 2016 and 2017 Winter Workshops. Thank you to everyone who worked hard on aligning these programs! Participants considered the three dimensions of the Iowa Core Science... Continue reading→
Soil Health Kits Incorporate New Iowa Science Standards
On November 23, 2016, Marty Adkins, Assistant State Conservationist – Partnerships, rolled out a new Soil Health Kit, developed by Iowa Earth Team volunteers. The project idea was sparked by an Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) workshop he attended in 2015. ICEC encouraged attendees to develop conservation and environmental education materials that would meet the... Continue reading→
Announcing the 2016 IAN-ICEC Award Winners
Through a cooperative awards program with the Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN), ICEC recognizes outstanding classroom teachers, naturalists, business leaders, youth, non-profit groups, and other people and programs dedicated to environmental education in the state of Iowa. Congratulations to all of the award winners of 2016! And thank you for your contributions to environmental education.... Continue reading→