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.
Winter Workshop 2024 Climate-Smart Agriculture: Rethinking Iowa’s Land, Water, and Food Production February 3, 2024, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa Winter Workshop 2024 (WW24) promises to be an exciting and enriching experience, in which we bridge the gap between food production and conservation through education. Each year, we... Continue reading
The call for nominations for ICEC ExCom is now open! ICEC is looking for individuals interested in joining the leadership of ICEC. ExCom is a volunteer board of directors working together with members and partners to provide opportunities for Iowa’s conservation and environmental educators to learn, build relationships, and creatively collaborate. Nominees must be members... Continue reading
The 2023 Midwest Environmental Education Conference is taking place November 2–4 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Wondering why you should attend? Consider these reasons: Network! This conference is a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the Midwest who are passionate about environmental education. You’ll have the chance to learn from each other, share ideas,... Continue reading
All ages of students can prepare to be our next generation of biologists and scientists. Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting authentic (real-world) data is an important piece in all scientific investigations. Students can observe and document phenomena, collect their own local data, or use curated data sets in their science learning. See phenomena in the natural... Continue reading
Share these ideas with your own children, the neighborhood group, your childcare provider, and think about adapting some of these ideas for the schoolyard playground and classroom! The loose-parts of nature are great for challenging your student’s creativity! Build a Fort Build your own outdoor hideout! Supplies Large sticks Old sheets or blankets String or... Continue reading
The Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, AEAs, and other regional institutions are hosting three regional science trainings for teachers, coaches, preservice teachers and informal educators. These events will be held in-person to help facilitate teacher networking and the delivery of a consistent message to science educators across the state. There... Continue reading