Recipients of the Conservation and Environmental Education Excellence Awards
Program - 2006.
2006 IAN/ICEC Conservation & Environmental Education Excellence Award
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:
”Ding” Darling Environmental Education Award: Dallas County
Conservation Department’s Prairie Awakening Celebration. This award
commends an outstanding environmental education program or event which educates
the general public.
The Prairie Awakening Celebration is an all day public event
held in an arena carved out of a reconstructed tall grass prairie at the
Kuehn Conservation Area. Activities include Native American dance, drumming,
storytelling, and flute music. The public is encouraged to immerse
themselves with song, drum and dance and join along with the Native dancers.
Other events include presentations on traditional children’s games,
botanical walks, story telling, and demonstrations of traditional skills
such as flint knapping, bow drill, and atlatl.
Many presenters from the Native community have participated
for the nine years of its history, some coming from as far away as Ontario .
Dallas County Conservation is the only governmental agency
that has been presented an eagle staff by the Native community to
commemorate a site and event.
Two major components precede the Celebration which includes
an Educators Workshop and Educational Outreach Program. Over 30
volunteers serve on the Prairie Awakening Advisory Council which helps
direct the evolution and success of the event.
Outstanding County Conservation Board EE Program (<
35,000): Louisa County Conservation Board. This award commends
excellence in a county conservation board’s EE program of counties with a
population of less than 35,000.
School programming based on the belief that positive outdoor
experiences are key to effective environmental education. On average, 80% of
enrolled students are taken on a field trip. Field trips are tied into
curriculum and other classroom activities.
Makes use of over 10,000 acres of county, state and federal
land in Louisa County for environmental education. Langwood Education Center
is the most popular for field trips because of the many amenities on site.
Developed a unique program to Louisa County titled Extreme
Makeover. The program utilizes 100-150 volunteers from the local community
to improve the facilities available for environmental education.
Cooperates with numerous agencies and organizations to
provide environmental education in Louisa County . A partnership with the
Louisa County Soil and Water Conservation District helps provide funding for
two special programs, “Save our Soil” and “Keep Our Water Clean.”
Outstanding County Conservation Board EE Program (>
35,000): Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board. This award
commends excellence in a county conservation board’s EE program of counties with
a population of more than 35,000.
Lime Creek Nature Center has a variety of displays that are
maintained and changed on a seasonal basis. Unique backyard habitat was
created next to the center with a wildlife watching area located inside.
Lime Creek Conservation Area is listed as an Iowa Watchable
Wildlife Area. Lime Creek Nature Center Foundation provides a major
source of funding for the programs and activities of the Lime Creek Nature
Center and the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board Environmental Education
EE programming in elementary schools reaches at or near
100%, and programming is also provided at the secondary level.
Schedules an average of 35 public programs annually.
Conducts a variety of special programs like: Earth Day Clean-up event,
Dorothy Curtis Memorial Lecture, a Toddling Series, For Seniors Only, and
motor coach trips.
2006 award winning applications:
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