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


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

2021 MEEC Call for Presentations

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ICEC is the host organization for the 2021 Midwest Environmental Education Conference. The conference will be based at Luther College in Decorah on July 26-29, 2021. Please add the dates to your calendar, bookmark the conference website, and start making plans to attend! Check back often for updates. Exploring Community: Land, People, Water is our … Read more

Poster and Photo Contest Alert


The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 NACD and NACD Auxiliary Poster and Photo Contest.   The annual poster contest is open to students K-12 and celebrates the 2020 Stewardship theme “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?”   The photo contest is open to all amateur photographers who … Read more

Classroom Phenology Notebook


“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

ExCom commits to learning, working for change to do better


Dear ICEC members and friends, The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black men and women have once again laid bare the underlying currents of racism and inequity in our communities. Systemic racism is, by its nature, pervasive. Christian Cooper’s experience while birdwatching in New York City is yet … Read more

Celebrate Iowa’s Catfish

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Celebrate National Catfish Day (annually on June 25) by learning more about Iowa’s most abundant and widely distributed sport fish. Catfish are opportunistic bottom feeders that are active at night. They eat all types of living or dead animal and plant material and are most often attracted to odoriferous or “smelly” morsels of food. They … Read more

Urban Nature Search

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Wildlife is everywhere – even on your school grounds, in your yard, a ballfield, or city park! Wildlife scientists and urban biologists study wildlife to learn how they live and interact with the environment. These scientists may focus on one wildlife species or a group of species during their studies. They record observations made with … Read more

Save the date! Midwest EE Conference 2021

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Greetings Friends of Conservation / Environmental Education, It sure is difficult to plan ahead these days, but the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) is gearing up for our turn to host the Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC) in 2021! We are so excited to announce that MEEC will be held July 26-29, 2021 at Luther … Read more