The Iowa Association of
Naturalists (IAN) and the Iowa Conservation Education Council (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: Barbara Tagami,
Dickinson County Conservation Board Naturalist. This award commends
outstanding efforts by an environmental educator.
Naturalist at Dickinson CCB for six years.
Created and developed annual events such as Monarch
Butterfly Larva Monitoring program, Kayak Treasure Hunt and Clean up event,
Life on the Farm, Earth Day Environmental Learning Fair.
Assisted with the planning for a new nature center.
Produced a TV show called “LAKES ALIVE” to educate public
about ecology of lakes, invasive exotics, low impact development, rain
gardens, and more.
Chris Holt Youth Environmental Education Award:
Kevin Farmer, West Elementary, Glenwood Community Schools. This award
commends an outstanding EE program for or by youth.
The 6th grade Science Camp for Glenwood Community Schools is
held at Camp Neyati. Over the course of two days, students participate in
16 environmental science classes.
Some of the activities include pond study, prairie and the
Loess Hills, predator/prey relationships, team building, fishing, canoeing,
night hike, stargazing, and more.
Kevin Farmer has been the principal at West Elementary for
five years. He helped initiate and develop the camp.
Throughout the week, over 50 Glenwood High School students,
parents, teachers and volunteers teach and supervise the students.
”Ding” Darling Environmental Education Award:
U.I. Wild. This award commends an outstanding environmental education
program or event which educates the general public.
Programs include Wildlife Campus, Hawk Migration Studies,
MacBride Raptor Project, and School of the Wild.
School of the Wild provides a five-day experience for school
children. Students are assigned to five groups who rotate through the
following areas of study: the prairie, wetlands, birds, outdoor adventures,
MacBride Raptor Project offers a variety of education
programs, rehabilitation, and research. Numerous veterinarians, students,
rehabilitators, and volunteers help with the project.
Frederic Leopold Environmental Education Award:
Clinton County Enviro Kids Team. This award commends outstanding
environmental education efforts by business, industry, or labor.
Program was conceived and organized by private businesses in
Clinton County . Specifically Bemis Clysar Inc., Clinton County Area Solid
Waste Agency, and Lyondell Plastics Co (Equistar).
These businesses developed the Enviro Kids program because
they want to promote long-term understanding of the interdependence of
industry, people, and the environment.
Enviro Kids is a program for 3rd-5th graders. Students can
participate and experience everything from a tour of a local manufacturing
facility to a boat ride on the Mississippi River.
Outstanding County Conservation Board EE Program (>
35,000): Marshall County Conservation Department. This award
commends excellence in a county conservation board’s EE program of counties with
a population of more than 35,000.
Grimes Farm & Conservation Center opened in Oct. 2003.
During the 2004-2005 fiscal year, there were approx. 3,650 visitors from 32
states and seven countries.
Developed Adopt a Drawer Community Service Project. Schools,
scouts, and local groups sponsored drawers in the Discovery Table for
EE programming was presented at 100% of the elementary and
71% of secondary buildings in the county.
Conducts a variety of special programs like: Uncle Ikes
Nature Program, Nature Friends, Junior Conservationists, Master
Conservationists, and Brown Bag Bunch Series.
Cooperates with numerous agencies and organizations to
provide environmental education in Marshall County.
2005 award winning applications: