Iowa Envirothon

Decorah team repeats

Decorah team repeats as state winner in the annual CDI Iowa Envirothon competition Two teams from Decorah, Iowa, had much to cheer at the end of a challenging day competing in the annual “2024 Envirothon®” event, organized by the Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) – team “Decorah Nerd Republic” repeated as Iowa’s 1st place champion,... Continue reading

Iowa Envirothon

2024 Iowa Envirothon

We are so proud of the many young Iowa scholars who participated in the 2024 Iowa Envirothon – and congratulations to our top winning team, repeating as Iowa Envirothon champions for the second year in a row: Decorah Nerd Republic, from Decorah, Iowa. The team will go on to compete in the international competition, July... Continue reading


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... Continue reading

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Scholarship Received

Ellie Miglin was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Iowa Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society. Pictured are Jerry Neppel, Chapter President, Ellie (center), and Miranda Haes, Chapter President-elect. Awards ceremony was held 4/26/2024 on the University of Iowa campus. Ellie was a 2023 Green Iowa AmeriCorps Member serving with ICEC. Continue reading


Calling Iowa PreK-12 teachers and administrators

Teachers and Administrators: Take the Survey!   To be fully equipped to care for our environment and our communities, all residents of Iowa need access to conservation/environmental and outdoor learning opportunities. However, we know that not everyone has access to these transformative learning experiences. In 2023, ICEC in partnership with the Plains Environmental Education Partnership... Continue reading

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Citizen Science

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,... Continue reading

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WW24 Scholarships Available

Thanks to a generous funder, ICEC is now able to offer a limited number of scholarships and expense stipends to support Iowa conservation educator attendance at the 2024 Winter Workshop. If you are a classroom teacher, naturalist or other non-formal educator, AmeriCorps Service Member, a pre-service teacher/college student, or otherwise involved in engaging students in... Continue reading