Drawing on Nature

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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 moreDrawing on Nature

Iowa Invertebrates

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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 moreIowa Invertebrates

Citizen Science

*NPS Photo by Ivie Metzen Citizen science projects 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 … Read moreCitizen Science

Water Game Jam 2019

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The Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) received a STEM Innovation Grant to do a water game jam this spring. There is no cost to participate and the top twelve teams will be invited to showcase their game at the Iowa Science Center on May 10! (Grant covers admission, food, and a transportation stipend.) Registration is … Read moreWater Game Jam 2019

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 moreWinners of the 2018 IAN/ICEC Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education

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

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 moreApply for the 2018 President’s Environmental Youth Award