ICEC ExCom nominations open now!

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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 … Read more

Plan Now to Celebrate Bats in October

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Bat week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. This year’s bat week is October 24-31. Step outside around dusk and take a few moments to look for bats in your neighborhood. As part of Bat Week 2021 events, the Association for Fish & Wildlife Agencies will be leading a … Read more

Green Iowa AmeriCorps positions!

Green Iowa AmeriCorps

Green Iowa AmeriCorps is a state-wide community service program operating out of the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Our program was originally founded in 2009 to address sustainable usage of energy resources in several Iowan communities as they struggled to rebuild from a series of devastating floods in 2008. Since … Read more

Citizen Science in the Classroom

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Citizen science projects in the classroom combine useful observation or data collection with an opportunity for students to learn more about scientific principles, problems, and processes as well as helping them better understand our environment and how to protect it. Citizen science projects involve students in data collection, presentation, and involvement on a local, state, … Read more

MEEC Raffle

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Can’t make it to MEEC next week? You can still support ICEC by purchasing raffle tickets! Online raffle tickets are available until 5:00 pm on Monday, July 26 for the drawing to be held on Wednesday, July 28 (need not be present to win). All the state-sponsored baskets are great…but we happen to think Iowa’s … Read more

What is a watershed?

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A Watershed is an area of land that allows water to flow over or under its surface into a particular body of water. The boundaries of a watershed are determined by the guiding contours of the land surrounding that stream, river, lake, or bay. Because precipitation must flow somewhere, all land areas are a part … Read more

Early bird registration extended

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The Midwest Environmental Education Conference committee is extending the early bird registration window through June 16, 2021! Register here! You do not want to miss this biennial conference, hosted by ICEC, in the beautiful Driftless Area of Iowa! Over 60 concurrent and field sessions Robin Wall Kimmerer virtual keynote Welcome reception at Toppling Goliath Brewery … Read more

MEEC early bird registration ends June 13

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Exploring Community: Land, Water, People Midwest Environmental Education Conference July 26-29, 2021 Luther College – Decorah, Iowa ICEC is excited to welcome educators from across the Midwest to beautiful Decorah, Iowa, for the 2021 Midwest Environmental Education Conference! Join us for nearly 70 concurrent and field sessions, keynote speakers, special evening events, networking, and a … Read more

Reptiles and Amphibians – Iowa Creature Feature

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There are a wide variety and number of amphibians and reptiles that make Iowa their home. People are often surprised to learn of the variety of amphibians and reptiles we have in Iowa. Many of these animals are secretive and come out only at night and may not be easily observable. “Herps” is the name … Read more

Let’s keep wildlife wild

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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 more than likely the mother … Read more

Registration is NOW OPEN for MEEC!

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Exploring Community: Land, Water, People Midwest Environmental Education Conference July 26-29, 2021 Luther College – Decorah, Iowa ICEC is excited to welcome educators from across the Midwest to beautiful Decorah, Iowa, for the 2021 Midwest Environmental Education Conference! Join us for nearly 70 concurrent and field sessions, keynote speakers, special evening events, networking, and a … Read more