Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 26
Iowa Conservation Education Council
Records, 1953-[ongoing]

Descriptive summary

creator: Iowa Conservation Education Council
title: Records
dates: 1953-[ongoing]
extent: 8.94 linear feet (3 records center cartons and 12 document boxes)
collection number: MS 26
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Iowa Conservation Education Council Records, MS 26, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Historical note

The Iowa Conservation Education Council (ICEC) was incorporated in 1958 to encourage cooperation among individuals and agencies interested in conservation education, assist schools, develop educational materials and stimulate the development of conservation education in Iowa.

In 1968 the group reincorporated, allowing voting membership; one year later they issued the first newsletter.  ICEC reincorporated again in 1982 and again in 1991. As of 2002 the organization has 900 members from almost all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Membership services include a newsletter, graduate credit, scholarships, workshops,
mini-grants, and environmental education advocacy.

The 13 board members are individually elected; in addition, there is also an Executive Director, a bookkeeper, newsletter editor, and several standing committees: membership, fundraising, mini-grants, budget, awards, workshop, newsletter & awards, grants & scholarships. The organization is currently based in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The ICEC mission is to provide educational pathways to enable Iowans to make responsible environmental decisions.


Collection description

This collection contains materials related to administrative matters of the ICEC, as well as publications, events, and activities related to environmental education. Administrative materials include meeting minutes, with a particular emphasis on agendas for the annual meetings and meetings of the Executive Committee from 1969 to 1998, annual and quarterly financial reports, and also treasurer’s reports from workshops hosted by the ICEC. Among the publications are newsletters, pamphlets, booklets, and informational resources from the ICEC, Iowa state agencies, and other environmental education organizations. Materials pertaining to events and activities include papers related to teachers’ workshops hosted by the ICEC, meetings held by other organizations, national conferences, and grant proposals considered by the ICEC.



This collection is listed alphabetically within the following series: General Records, Minutes, Financial, Newsletters, Publications, Conferences/Workshops and Grants/Projects.


Container list

The full finding aid is available as a PDF file: Iowa Conservation Education Council Records Finding Aid.