Winter Camouflage and Coloration in Iowa’s Wildlife

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For many Iowa animals, the stark landscape – bare trees and a bright white groundcover – makes them stand out more in the winter, which is good news for those who enjoy watching wildlife. However, for a few Iowa critters, winter is a time for them to blend in with the scenery. Jackrabbits They may … Read more

2020 Winners IAN-ICEC Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 IAN-ICEC Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education! These awards recognize the best of environmental education in Iowa. As always, we had an incredible group of nominees from across the state, representing outstanding programs and individual contributions in the field of conservation and environmental education. Congratulations to all who … Read more

Virtual Winter Series – At a Glance

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Equity and Inclusion in Environmental Education – Virtual Winter Learning Series Click here for full Virtual Winter Learning Series Schedule and Registration  Join ICEC in the complicated, sometimes uncomfortable, ultimately joyful work of making Iowa’s conservation education community more inclusive and welcoming to all. Self-guided readings, modules, and on-demand webinars lay a foundation for understanding. … Read more

Keynote Announced – Virtual Winter Learning Series

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Equity and Inclusion in Environmental Education Click here for full Virtual Winter Learning Series Schedule  Join ICEC in the complicated, sometimes uncomfortable, ultimately joyful work of making Iowa’s conservation education community more inclusive and welcoming to all. Free and open to all – please register for scheduled events! Keynote Presentation: Dr. Carolyn Finney, Skin in … Read more

Nature Photography for Children

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Create Your Own Backyard Field Guide Children love cameras and children love nature. Combine the two and you have with a wonderful project to fill your days. We are going to create our own backyard field guides using nature photography. Consider the time of year and the age of your children / students. Think how … Read more

A breath of fresh air

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Just 15 minutes outdoors makes children happier and more relaxed! The same holds true for adults. Tips for planning outdoor time into your day. For parents: Do homework outside Add outdoor time into your schedule Visit a local park after dinner Backyard picnic once a week Visit local apple orchard or farmer’s market Outdoor reflection … Read more

Membership renewal time

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It’s that time of year! ICEC is the professional membership organization for conservation and environmental educators in Iowa. Please continue to be a part of our community. Basic annual membership begins at the $30 level. Membership needs to be paid by the end of January 2021. Members can also contribute additional funds to help support … Read more

ExCom Candidate Statements 2021

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Below are the candidate statements for ICEC’s Executive Committee nominees for the 2021-2023 term. ICEC’s members are asked to review the statements. All current members are eligible to vote and will receive the voting link via the November newsletter and follow-up email. If you are a current member and did not receive the newsletter or … Read more

IAN-ICEC Award nominations open

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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

Ecosystem Architects

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What is an ecosystem? Ecosystems are the complex interaction of all the living and nonliving aspects of a particular area. The plants, animals, micro-organisms, water, nutrients, energy and air are all interdependent aspects of the ecosystem and form a balance that sustains itself. An ecosystem can be large, such as a mountain valley, an area … Read more

Nominations open for ICEC Executive Committee

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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

Celebrate Iowa’s Prairie Heritage

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September 13-19, 2020 is Iowa Prairie Heritage Week! Iowa’s landscape was once covered by vast rolling hills of prairie.  An estimated 85% of the land was prairie grass and flowers when European settlers first arrived. Since that time the Iowa landscape has changed drastically and today only 1/10 of 1% of our native prairie remains. … Read more