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


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

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


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!

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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