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Winter Solstice - Theme: Water –January 2015
Excellence Award Winners
The Iowa Association of Naturalists (IAN) and the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) are proud to announce this year’s recipients of their Conservation and Environmental Education Excellence Awards Program. The winners are as follows:
Bohumil Shimek Environmental Educator Award
For Outstanding Efforts by an Environmental Educator
Christina Roelofs -Shelby & Audubon County Conservation Boards
Christina Roelofs, a shared naturalist with Shelby & Audubon County Conservation Boards, has been awarded the
Bohumil Shimek Environmental Educator Award. Christina was hired in 2000 and has since developed two foundations to help increase funding for EE programming, developed two websites, writes a quarterly newsletter, develops school programs, campground programs and summer day camps, serves on numerous committees including Winterfest and is a certified Hunter Education instructor as well as National Archery in the Schools Program instructor. Furthermore, she has spent numerous volunteer hours working with Kay Newman, a wildlife rehabilitator, in order to obtain the necessary permits to keep a Screech Owl, two Red-tailed Hawks, two Bald Eagles and coming soon, an endangered Barn Owl. Congratulations to Christina for all you do for BOTH Shelby and Audubon County Conservation Boards.
Outstanding Environmental Education Program (2 or less naturalists)
Washington County Conservation Board
Washington County is this year’s winner of the Outstanding Environmental Education Program. They have one full time naturalist, who works on a small budget to create a quarterly newsletter and present programming. This year was there 50th anniversary and both the newsletter and Halloween Hike celebrated the history of their organization and careers in conservation. In 2012-2013 they led 318 programs and reached 12,944 participants. In addition to programming many other projects throughout the park have been completed including paved trails that have enhanced the park use.
Outstanding Environmental Education Program (2.5 or more naturalists)
Linn County Conservation Board
The Linn County Conservation Board won the IAN/ICEC award for Outstanding Environmental Education Program with three or more interpreters. The four Naturalist employed by Linn County have a combined experience of seventy-seven years. This past year they have doubled the size of their nature center, the Wickiup Hill Learning Center. Approximately thirty schools have come to their nature center. Over the past year they have conducted 312 educational programs. In the past five years they have reached over 70,000 people through their outstanding Environmental Education efforts.
Ada Hayden Conservation Education Award
For Outstanding Efforts to Educate About Preservation, Land Management, or Natural
Tammy Turner -Black Hawk County Waste Reduction and County Conservation
For 14 years Tammy Turner has been a leader in garbage. She can tell you where to stick your plastic and how many times cardboard can be recycled before it becomes just another roll of toilet paper. Over the years Tammy has implemented countless programs including, convenient campground recycling, rain garden construction, composting 101 and vermicomposting. But Tammy goes beyond the typical 40 hour work week; she spends her weekends teaching friends and neighbors the value of rain barrels and how you can really make dirt out of old veggies, brown leaves and paper. Recently she wrote a grant that enabled Waste Trac to buy recycling bins that can be used throughout the community free of charge. The bins debuted this year at Irishfest and Tammy was there throughout the weekend taking pictures and making sure everyone knew how to properly use the bins. Tammy Turner exemplifies what it means to live your passion and Iowa is lucky to have her! Congratulations Tammy on receiving the 2013 Ada Hayden Conservation Education Award.
“Ding” Darling Environmental Education Award
For Outstanding EE Program or Event which Informs and Educates the General Public
Lee County Conservation Board
Since 2003 Lee County Conservation has facilitated “Outdoor Adventure Camp”. The camp, funded in part by Three Rivers Conservation Foundation, offers recreational opportunities for local youth at an affordable price. Activities include; archery, gun safety, kayaking, fly fishing and trapping. By the end of the 3 day camp, participants know how to safely shot a deer, skin a pheasant and trap a raccoon. Nearly four hundred campers have participated over the last 10 years and through generous donations and CCB enthusiasm, this program will continue for another 10 years.
Sylvan Runkel Environmental Education School Award
For Outstanding Whole-School EE Program
Central Lutheran School -Benton County
This award commends an outstanding whole school environmental education program. The staff and students at Central Lutheran School took on a task that blossomed into a great outdoor classroom. They started working with Benton CCB in March of 2013 to design and implement a plan to reduce energy costs to the school and enhance the school grounds. After much research and grant writing, the students and Benton CCB planted 52 native trees and temperature gauges. With guidance from BCCB theses students have taken ownership in these trees and continue to study the effects of the trees on the energy costs of the school as well as the trees themselves.
Chris Holt Youth Environmental Education Award,
Outdoor P.E. Program of the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center - Scott County Conservation Board
The Outdoor P.E. Program of the Wapsi
River Environmental Education Center has partnered with the Davenport Community
School District’s P.E. class to promote healthy outdoor recreation with
sustainability in mind. The program runs for three weeks in spring and again in
the fall and is offered to upper-classmen in Davenport Central High School. The
classes hold up to 20 students in each class with 2 classes each spring/fall
that are given programming in Fish Iowa & Take Me Fishing units, canoeing,
and kayaking. Program highlights include: aquatic stewardship, healthy
habitats, resource management, catch & release, boater safety (including
self rescue), & ethics. The success of the program caught the attention of
Davenport North High School administrators, and now the North High School P.E.
class has joined the Outdoor P.E. Program introducing yet another class of up
to 20 students. The program is led by Director/Naturalist Dave Murcia, and this
year alone has completed 26 classes reaching 433 high school students and
Okoboji Osprey Web Camera - Dickinson County Conservation Board
Any & Pam Stone -Jasper County
The 2013 Volunteer Award goes to a special pair in Jasper County. Andy and Pam Stone are more than just husband and wife—they are both former teachers, conservation enthusiasts, world travelers, and two outstanding volunteers for Jasper County Conservation and other local environmental organizations. According to Keri Van Zante, JCCB Director, “The Stones are always willing and able to help out with nearly any of our program requests, whether they are well planned out field trips or last minute panic attacks! If they are in the State of Iowa, they are right there with us to take on whatever group of kids or adults we are educating. Both are skilled speakers and are highly knowledge about the outdoors. There isn’t a conservation subject matter that I can think of that they wouldn’t be able to present, and present well!” Whether it is helping with the annual Halloween Hike, leading a station for a field trip, or being the official timers at the “Off the Beaten Path” race, Andy and Pam contributions to the Jasper County Conservation Board are greatly appreciated and admired by many. Congratulations Pam and Andy!
Aldo Leopold Environmental Education Award
For Lifetime Achievement in EE Excellence and Leadership
Chris Adkins -Dallas County Conservation Board
Chris Adkins is this year’s Aldo Leopold Environmental Education recipient. This award recognizes individuals who have made lifelong commitments to environmental education. Since 1997, Chris has been a naturalist for Dallas County Conservation. His teachings favor feelings over facts, stories over technology, and always invite each person to discover their sense of place by developing a deeper connection to the land they call home. Through these native lessons, Chris has empowered thousands of young children and adults to discover their Iowan roots, but he has also expanded high school student’s capacity to feel alive, by taking them on wilderness treks in the mountains of Idaho. By greeting you with a “hey brother, or hey sister,” Chris extends his kinship to all of us. So join me in giving Chris Adkins an applause of gratitude for his commitment to connecting us to a world full of hope, peace and beauty.
eii - Environmental Issues Instruction
Environmental Issues Instruction (eii) and Upper Iowa University are offering a professional development opportunity for teachers during the 2013-2-14 academic year. The theme is Preserving and Protecting Our Water Resources. Teachers will experience a plethora of instructional activities to assist them in teaching an interdisciplinary unit to their students.
All activities are aligned with standards in the Common Core and Iowa Core, Next Generation Science Standards, 7 Cross-Cutting Concepts of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Teachers from Pre-K-12 in all content areas are invited to participate in this graduate level course. For a registration fee of $198 the teachers will receive: two graduate credits from UIU, a myriad of materials to teach the unit, plus lodging and food. Grants from REAP-CEP and LRTF make these workshops possible.
The dates and location are: Pleasant Hill Sleep Inn Nov. 8-10, 2013 and April 4-5, 2014 OR Mt. Vernon Sleep Inn Feb. 21-23, 2013 and April 25-26, 2014. You may register on our website: http://www.uiu.edu/eii Please email me if you would like more information.
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Assistant Professor of Education-Upper Iowa University
P.O. Box 1857
Fayette, Iowa 52142
Exploring Iowa’s Natural Resources On-line Course (K-12 Educators)
Department of Natural Resources
“This course has provided me with information and resources to make lessons more relevant and engaging. The focus on inquiry, sense of place, and many other important aspects of teaching have been beneficial in terms of planning lessons and remembering to keep students and student activities at the core of what I do. It’s not just about the content and this course helped rejuvenate my interest in making lessons more student centered.”
Thank you to all who made the Midwest Environmental Conference a great experience!
Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education will host in the future!
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WINTER SOLSTICE WORKSHOP 2015
Greetings Environmental Educators!
Are you confused by the alphabet soup of education - ELP, STEM, ELA, NGSS and connecting it to EE!
Are you confused by the difference between leading an "activity" vs talking a "project approach"?
Do you need inspiration and feedback creating and marketing your programs?
Do you have a success to share with other educators?
The Iowa conservation Education Coalition is here for you as a resource to connect with other formal and informal educators, as well as to keep up on trends while staying grounded in our commitment to empower Iowa's formal and nonformal educators to promote environmental literacy and facilitate networking.
We look forward to seeing you all at MEEC and remember to look ahead to future conferences!
Chair - Jane Shuttleworth
BECOME AN ACTIVE MEMBER
We need several ICEC members to serve on the planning committee for ICEC’s Winter Solstice Workshop 2015.
This is your chance to gain new skills!
Contact Linda IowaEE@outlook.com
Congratulations to ICEC's new executive committee members: Emily Klein, Martha McCormick, and Lisa Ralls.
It’s winter in Iowa.
Blizzards, melting and extreme weather are the norm.
KinderNature has many activities for
Try blowing bubbles outside…see what happens.Try blowing bubbles outside…see what happens.
Here are some winter facts about how animals survive in the winter.
Some animals are not adapted for life in the winter, and when it starts to get cold they go into a deep sleep known as hibernation.
Hibernation is not really about sleeping.
Animals store food.
Here are several activities for the winter:
We want your ideas, hints, secrets, help us help you by submitting your nature activities to us at: IowaEE@outlook.com
Resource Enhancement And Protection Conservation Education Program
The conservation education program shall serve Iowa citizens by providing effective curricula, program materials and educator stipends to increase environmental awareness and enhance understanding of stewardship and enhance natural resources.
The Iowa REAP-CEP is partially funded by proceeds from the sale of special license plates that commemorate the state’s nature resources.