To Zone or Not to Zone

There are many issues involved when we are deciding how to utilize the land and our natural resources. How do we decide where to build new housing developments? How do we decide where to set aside land for wildlife and recreation? Figuring out how best to use the resources that we have for the greatest … Read more

Drawing on Nature


Much of our understanding of science comes from interpreting visual images. The images that accompany scientific writing can enhance our knowledge of a subject and can add more precision to our perception. Drawings that accompany field notes offer researchers several paths which to interpret their experiences. Incorporating drawing into research improves one’s observation skills. Take … Read more

Iowa Invertebrates


More than 97% of the animal species on Earth are invertebrates. Invertebrates are small animals that do not have backbones. There are many types of invertebrates, from fluid-filled jellyfish, and squishy earthworms to hard shelled insects like beetles, and eight-legged arachnids. This fascinating and diverse group of animals spans the globe – invertebrates live on … Read more

Winners of the 2018 IAN-ICEC Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 IAN-ICEC Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education! These awards recognize the best of environmental education in Iowa. This year, we had an incredible group of nominees from across the state, representing outstanding programs and individual contributions in the field of EE. Congratulations to all who were recognized for … Read more

Dr. Gabriele Villarini Announced as Keynote Presenter at ICEC’s Winter Workshop

ICEC welcomes Dr. Gabriele Villarini as the keynote presenter at the Winter Workshop on February 23, 2019 at Drake University. Dr. Villarini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa and Director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. He is a key researcher for the Iowa Flood Center, which is the only … Read more

Wild Weather

Thundersnow in December? Snow in May? Do strange weather phenomena ever leave you wondering about the weather? We do too! Let’s explore weather this week! Start by having students share what they know about weather. Make a list or chart to track what students already know. Lead into a discussion about what students want to … Read more

Apply for the 2018 President’s Environmental Youth Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA). The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth, promoting awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encouraging positive community involvement. The PEYA program celebrates student leadership in service projects to protect the environment and keep our global community healthy. … Read more

Using Local History in Your Classroom

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 more

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 IAN/ICEC Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education

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 more

Executive Committee Candidate Statements

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 if you did not receive a … Read more

Iowa Conservation & Environmental Education Survey Now Live!

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 more