Phenology or Signs of the Seasons

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“Many of the events of the annual cycle recur year after year in a regular order. A year-to-year record of this order is a record of the rates at which solar energy flows to and through living things. They are the arteries of the land. By tracing their response to the sun, phenology may eventually … Read more

Welcome New ExCom Members!

Thank you to all the ICEC members that voted! Our new and returning ExCom members will be formally announced at the 2022 Annual Membership Meeting! Our new members officially take office at the close of the annual meeting. Welcome to Kyla, Kean, and Peg. Welcome back Dave and Tony!

Game Jam 2022 registration open

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ICEC Game Jam Registration opens January 3! Game Jam registration: January 3 – February 18, 2022 Games can help address real-world challenges, encourage systems thinking, and promote active engagement, making them particularly well suited to conservation education. Educational Game Jams provide opportunities for students to develop games around a theme. Game jams inspire curiosity, creativity, … Read more

Grant Received!

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Change for the Climate ICEC is excited to announce that we received a Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program grant (REAP CEP) to help develop community champions to address climate change in local communities. This project will provide community members and conservation educators with a unique opportunity to create meaningful ways for their community … Read more

Wild about Winter Wildlife

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Hibernation is one of many adaptations to the cold and decreased food supplies of Iowa winters. Most mammals, including people, tend to slow down a little during the winter. True hibernators actually curl into a tight ball and reduce to extremely low levels their heart and breathing rates, body temperature, and metabolism. They need less … Read more

Register for WW 2022

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Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change February 12, 2022 Join us in person on the University of Iowa Baker Teacher Leader Center or participate online. Jump to the Winter Workshop 2022 page to learn more and register!

IAN-ICEC Award Noms Due Soon

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Have you or someone you know done something great for conservation or environmental education (CE / EE) in Iowa? Nominate them (or yourself) for an IAN-ICEC Award for Excellence in Environmental Education! These awards are a great way to recognize the wonderful things happening in CE / EE in Iowa. Learn more and download the … Read more

Local Community History in Your Classroom

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Every community is unique. Each has its own historical background, natural resources, attractions, and unique features. A human community is a group of people who live and interact with one another in a specific region under relatively similar conditions. A natural community is a group of plants and animals that live and interact with one … Read more

ExCom Candidate Statements 2022

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Below are the candidate statements for ICEC’s Executive Committee nominees for the 2022-2024 term. ICEC’s members are asked to review the statements. All members in good standing are eligible to vote and will receive the voting link via the November newsletter and follow-up email. If you are a current member (paid annual or Life) and … Read more

What is a flood?

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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 spills over onto the land. Floods occur frequently when there is excess rain and when the ground is … Read more

Request for Presenters – WW2022

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The Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) has partnered with the University of Iowa College of Education to host the 2022 Winter Workshop: Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change. A one-day in-person event in Iowa City on February 12, 2021 will include presentations on the impacts of, and responses to, climate change in Iowa. A blend of sessions to inform and help participants take … Read more

2021 Soil Conservation Teachers of the Year

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ICEC and the Iowa Soil Conservation Awards Program, co-sponsored by the Iowa State Soil Conservation Committee and the Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI), annually presents an award to two educators who are creating awareness of soil conservation and water quality in their classrooms. While awards are usually presented during the Annual Conference for Soil and … Read more