Virtual Winter Learning Series January 2021

Equity and Inclusion in Environmental Education

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.

Scheduled speakers, discussion groups, and the annual meeting provide the opportunity for discussion and dialogue.

One recertification credit through AEA Online Learning is available.

Free and open to all – please register for scheduled events!

Thanks to generous support of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and with generous assistance from the NAAEE Affiliate Rapid Response Capacity Building Fund, all parts of this series are free and open to all. If you are able, ICEC appreciates freewill donations to help cover the additional costs of speaker fees, tech support, and administrative time. Donate via PayPal

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Additional support provided by E Resources Group

Keynote Presentation – Dr. Carolyn Finney, Skin in the Game: Black Faces, White Spaces & Seeing Green

Dr FinneyThursday, January 28, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing – she pursued an acting career for eleven years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. (gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal) and a Ph.D. (where she was a Fulbright and a Canon National Science Scholar Fellow).  Along with public speaking, writing, media engagements, consulting & teaching, she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014. Recent publications include Self-Evident: Reflections on the Invisibility of Black Bodies in Environmental Histories (BESIDE Magazine, Montreal Spring 2020), and The Perils of Being Black in Public: We are all Christian Cooper and George Floyd (The Guardian, June 3rd 2020).  She is currently working on a performance piece about John Muir (The N Word: Nature Revisited ) while doing a two-year residency in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College as the Environmental Studies Professor of Practice. Learn more at  

Dr. Finney’s presentation is generously sponsored by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.


Learning Opportunities

Self-Guided – Available on Demand

These activities have been completed, reviewed, and recommended by members of the workshop planning team.

Equitable and Inclusive EE

4 hour eeLearn module from NAAEE – highly recommended for all, including educators, manager, and board members. You will need to create an NAAEE account, if you do not already have one, to complete this learning module. This also allows to tracks your progress through the module (stop and start where you left off) and awards you a certificate. Please email us if you have difficulty creating an account.

Understanding Implicit Bias

60-90 minutes, self-guided module series, designed for K-12 Educators provided by the Kirwani Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University

STEM and Equity Webinar – South Central Iowa STEM Hub

This conversation revolves around equity issues in underrepresented communities, socio-economically challenged families, and rural areas. YouTube video approximately 1 hour long.



Luther College CEPE Panel: Race and Environmentalism – January 13, 2021, 7:00 p.m. CT

The student-led Environmental Concerns Organization at Luther College, in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, will be hosting a panel discussion on the intersections of race and environmentalism on Wednesday, January 13. Panelists will share their stories concerning how environmental issues particularly impact BIPOC populations, in our regional communities, and globally. We hope that in doing so, we can bring awareness to the unique challenges that marginalized communities face in the era of the climate crisis, and engage in meaningful conversation about how we can help to close the gap of disproportionate impacts. *No registration required. Please visit this page for a recording of the panel discussion!


Pronouns 101 – January 14, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

A training provided by the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, Pronouns 101 will provide an overview of pronoun usage and gender identity, with an added focus on fostering and creating safe and accepting workplaces and educational environments. *Recording here!

Panel Discussion on Equity and Inclusion with School of the Wild – January 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

Kirkwood Elementary in Coralville (has the 3rd highest percentage of Black citizens in Iowa) has participated in the University of Iowa’s School of the Wild for the past 20 years. Kirkwood Elementary is one of the most diverse and economically challenged (with 80% of students qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch) schools in the Iowa City Community School District. Hear from Kirkwood teachers and administrators about their experiences in leading their students in this week-long, immersive environmental education program. *Recording here!

ICEC Annual Membership Meeting – January 28, 2021, 5:00-5:30 p.m. CT

book coverRegister below to receive links to the Zoom meeting and agenda! All ICEC members are encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting to be introduced to ICEC’s governing board and get updates on ICEC’s work and opportunities! *Please use form below to register. Meeting Agenda is here.

Win a free copy of Dr. Finney’s book! Register and attend the ICEC Annual Membership Meeting to be entered in a raffle drawing for a free copy of Black Faces, White Spaces.

Keynote Presentation – Dr. Carolyn Finney – January 28, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. CT

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Recertification Credit

One recertification credit will be available through AEA Learning Online. The course is titled ICEC Virtual Winter Workshop Series – Equity and Inclusion in Environmental Education, course number 200934

For that credit, you will need to attend / participate in the seven (7) sessions available as part of the ICEC non-traditional Winter Workshop (see above), PLUS the following:

BEETLES / STEM Teaching Tools – February 4, 2021, 6:00-7:30 p.m. CT

This overview of professional learning resources provides experiences and rationale about outdoor science instruction designed to inspire instructors to improve their teaching. The student’s activities inspire wonder and curiosity about the natural world, support their innate tendencies for exploration, and guide them to make explanations based on evidence.

Plum Landing – February 11, 2021, 6:00-7:30 p.m. CT

Session will explore teaching resources for educators and parents, step through some of the activities, and discuss classroom applications and school to home connections that work for all students.

Backyard Field Investigations – February 18, 2021, 6:00-7:30 p.m. CT

Follow-up to BEETLES resources – participants will discuss investigable questions and investigations that can be done in backyards or on school grounds to develop science skills and understanding.

Learning through Citizen Science – February 25, 2021, 6:00-7:30 p.m. CT

This session will look at citizen science opportunities and discussion of how citizen science can be used to bundle standards, provide rigorous and relevant content, and engage students. Discussion of a variety of options that are open to students, regardless of locale, equipment, etc.

Make sure you have an AEA Learning account first, then click here to go directly to the this course to register! Only cost is for the re-certification credit. Once registered, you will receive the necessary links for each session!

Please contact Barb Gigar with additional questions.


Special Offer from ICEC supporter Larry Stone!

Free shipping for in-stock books ordered during the Virtual Winter Learning Series,  13-28 January 2021


Please register for scheduled sessions!

Please complete the form below, using the tab key to go through the form fields, and remember to click the submit button at the bottom of form! You will be emailed the appropriate links to these scheduled sessions.

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