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 moreFlooding
ICEC is proud to announce that we have been awarded a Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) grant to support a new project entitled “Charting a Course for the Future of Conservation Education in Iowa: A Needs Assessment and Action Plan.” The grant was awarded at REAP CEP’s board meeting on June … Read moreICEC Awarded REAP CEP Grant: Charting a Course for the Future of Conservation Education in Iowa
What is Pollination? Pollination is the process where plants receive pollen from other plants of the same species so they can reproduce and form seeds. Many plants are pollinated by animals, and most of the animal pollinators are insects. The relationship between plants and their insect pollinators is beneficial to both the plant and the … Read moreHelping our Native Pollinators
Thank you to everyone who supported our kickoff campaign for the Big Trees Innovation Fund! The campaign ran from April 22nd to May 22nd. We raised over $4,000 for this new fund, which will help us support projects and outreach efforts that we would otherwise not be able to do. Many Big Trees were honored … Read moreThank you for supporting the Big Trees Innovation Fund!
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 moreFungus Among Us
It is that magical time of year again when baby wildlife are born and hatched. We often stumble upon these cute critters when we are outside enjoying nature. If you find baby wildlife, they should be observed only and not handled or “rescued.” They may appear to be alone, but you can rest assured that … Read moreKeep Wildlife Wild
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 moreNational Environmental Education Week
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 moreRegistration Open for Outdoor Learning Environments Conference
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 morePartnership with Monarchs on the Move
Keep your students active this spring with these fun spring themed games. Robin’s Egg Select one student to be the robin. Have the robin sit with his/her back to the other students, at least ten feet away. Place a plastic egg behind the robin. The robin needs to protect the egg. The remaining students take … Read moreSpring Themed Nature Games
ICEC is looking for members to join our Finance and Fundraising Committees! These new committees work to ensure the effectiveness of ICEC and our ability to work toward strategic goals. Committees are diverse teams of individuals who reside across the State of Iowa and represent the community served by ICEC. Committee members share a commitment … Read moreWant to Get More Involved with ICEC?
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 moreSave the Date! Outdoor Learning Environments Conference June 18-19 in Ames