News and Events

Farm to School Lessons 27-Sep-2017

It's harvest time in school gardens all over the country. If you want to make the most of this exciting season, check out the "Harvest and Celebration" lesson for your grade level. Nex..

Be a Pilot School--Apply by Sept. 15 23-Aug-2016

The Iowa Departments of Education and Natural Resources are looking for ten Iowa elementary schools to participate in a food waste pilot this school year (2016-17). The pilot will include observat..

Great Opportunity at the DSM Botanical Garden 26-Jul-2016

Get to the 2nd Annual Teacher Open House at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Thursday August 4th from 3 – 6 p.m. All teachers who come with school IDs will get into the garden for ..

National Youth Advisory Council May 6 Deadline 30-Mar-2016

If you're 15-18 years old, and you are interested in service learning and leadership, you may be interested in the Keep America Beautiful (https://www.kab.org/our-programs/education/youth-advisory-cou..

Free Trees April 1 Deadline 24-Mar-2016

Planting trees has been a traditional way to celebrate Earth Day since its beginning in the 1970s. Trees for Kids is offering free seedlings to schools across Iowa. Each school building may order ..

AmeriCorps Positions for Summer 19-Feb-2016

Drake's AmeriCorps program (http://www.drake.edu/servicelearning/americorps/) is looking for individuals interested in gardening, environmental sustainability, health and wellness, community developme..

Hy-Vee One Step Garden Grants, Due February 1 07-Jan-2016

One Step Community Garden Grants (https://www.hy-vee.com/company/community-produce-garden-application/) may be awarded to organizations whose core focus teaches those in need about health and nutr..

RiverXchange Recruits Partners 27-Aug-2015

This looks like a great opportunity for 4th-6th grade students and teachers! Are you interested in a "high-tech pen pal" program about issues around water? Fifth grade classes near Albuquerque, N..

Grants for Field Trips 21-Jul-2015

Looking for resources to take your students on a field trip next year? Here are a couple possibilities-- Apply for a Target (https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-t..

Get Fit This Summer 02-Jun-2015

Hy-Vee KidsFit (https://www.hy-veekidsfit.com/) is a free online personal trainer for kids. Hy-Vee has designed this fun, at-home program to promote health, exercise and nutrition as a priority. This ..

Civic Engagement Resources 28-Apr-2015

Service learning and civic engagement are closely tied. You may think involving kids with social issues is scary or difficult, but think about how the latest news (http://www.nytimes.com/?action=c..

Getting Kids Outdoors 27-Apr-2015

Shelly Johnson and naturalists from Polk County Conservation begin a new program TODAY at Studebaker Elementary School on Des Moines' south side. Getting Kids Outdoors is funded by a mini-grant fr..

Healthy Lunchtime Challenge 19-Apr-2015

At this link (http://www.ed.gov/blog/2015/04/healthy-lunchtime-challenge-returns/) you can hear First Lady Michelle Obama's invitation to join a parent or guardian in creating an original recipe t..

April Showers 01-Apr-2015

Not only is April Keep Iowa Beautiful Month, it's also National Garden Month! During April the United States Department of Agriculture will celebrate how gardens provide healthy food (http://www.t..

Webinar: A Service Project is Easier Than You Think 07-Dec-2014

This webinar (http://www.ysa.org/ysa_webinar_elementary_my_dear_watson_a_service_project_is_easier_than_you_think)will focuses on the 'investigation stage' of creating your own service project. A ..

InvenTeam Opportunity for High Schools 02-Dec-2014

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative offers opportunities for high school students to cultiviate creativity and invention. High School teachers are invited to apply for up to $10,000 to fund inqu..

Take the DuPont Challenge 02-Dec-2014

The DuPont Challenge encourages students to develop a better understanding and passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by researching and writing an informative essay o..

Learn about Archeology 16-Oct-2014

Want to learn about Iowa's cultural history? Love to canoe on the Upper Iowa and North Raccoon Rivers? Curious about what and who was here before us? Come hear Elizabeth Reetz, Education Director at t..

Celebrate Earth Science Week 12-Oct-2014

It's not too late to check out free webcasts providing learning activities, instructional materials, career resources, upcoming events, networking opportunities, contests, videos, and other progra..

Louisa County Hometown Pride Partnership 12-Oct-2014

Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) has partnered with Louisa County, the Louisa Development Group and its nine communities in a five year program called Hometown Pride. The communities are Columbus City,..

Farmers can donate land to ensure it will be farmed 09-Oct-2014

By Donnelle Eller, deller@dmreg.com Posted in the Des Moines Register. (http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2014/09/13/keep-iowa-growing-farmers-donate-land/15565439/) Ov..

Take a Walk! 10/8/2014 23-Sep-2014

This year's Healthiest State Walk is just around the corner, but there's still time to put a walk together for October 8! It’s easy to create a walk at www.iowahealthieststate.com (http://www.io..

Watch for Noah's Garden in the News 11-Sep-2014

The next issue of the KIB newsletter will feature The Central Elementary students' Noah's Garden. The school won one of KIB’s Yo-Ho Tools Grants last year. Fourteen classroom teachers use K..

Grants for Getting Kids Outdoors 30-Aug-2014

Fall is a great time to get outdoors; grants like these support you in doing so: Project Learning Tree's GreenWorks! Grants (https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-gra..

Lights On Afterschool! 27-Aug-2014

Governor Branstad proclaimed September 15th "Lights on Afterschool Day" in Iowa. The event celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of afterschool programs! The official national web..

Up to $1000 from GreenWorks! 27-Jul-2014

Do you have an idea for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students? App..

New Geocaching Resource 26-Jun-2014

Geocaching is a great way to get outdoors and get some hands-on technology learning! One of our fans and her kids suggests this site (http://www.fleetmatics.com/resources/articles/gps-geocaching-f..

Toolbox for Education® Grants 19-May-2014

Mark your calendar for Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants (http://responsibility.lowes.com/community-relations/lowes-grant-programs/?pageType=cr) fall cycle, opening August 1. Each year the..

Free Butterfly Garden 20-Apr-2014

Would you like to see more butterflies around? Because of the decrease in milkweed plants, the population of Monarch butterflies has decreased drastically in the past few years. butterflies eat th..

Global Greens Project Annual Transplant Sale 20-Apr-2014

Saturday, May 10th the Iowa Food Cooperative and Lutheran Services in Iowa will present the Global Greens Project Annual Transplant Sale. It will be held from 10 am - 2 pm at Valley Community Cent..

Kids, Parents and Climate 20-Apr-2014

In the context of climate change, it’s all about moving toward a kid-safe. climate-safe, clean energy economy. In Episode 15 of The Good Stuff (http://storyofstuff.org/podcasts/kids-parents-..

Sawyer School Composting 31-Mar-2014

Sawyer Elementary in Ames will use their Beautiful Iowa School award (http://www.teachers-going-green.com/teachers-going-green/incentives/awards) to develop a school-wide composting project. Third..

STEM Voice Video Competition 25-Mar-2014

This competition (https://www.biocom.org/biocom_institute/get_involved/stemvoice/STEM_Voice_Competition_Application_Packet/) is a nationwide opportunity for kids in 5th-12th grades to explore the ..

New Beautiful Iowa Schools 24-Mar-2014

Keep Iowa Beautiful has recognized two schools in the Ames area for their service learning through Teachers Going Green. Both schools will use their awards for their school gardens. The newest Beautif..

Tomato Seedlings for Sale 24-Mar-2014

Here's a great source for tomato seedlings if you're in or around Des Moines. Not only can you get good quality seedlings, but when you buy them you're also helping to feed the hungry. Forest..

Learning With Nature Workshop June 20 14-Mar-2014

There will be a Nature Explore Educator Workshops at The Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center, IA on Friday, June 20, 2014. Here is the Registration Information (http://www.teachers-going-green.com/Dall..

National Youth Advisory Council Application Opens 14-Mar-2014

The 2014-2015 National Youth Advisory Council application process is open. Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Wrigley Co. Foundation have created The National Youth Advisory Council to provide a..

Yo-Ho Tools for a More Beautiful Iowa 14-Mar-2014

You've probably used their tools to shovel snow, rake your yard or till your garden. Yeoman & Company (http://yeomanandcompany.com/), along with Keep Iowa Beautiful are offering 25 grants through ..

Apply Now: Up to $400 09-Feb-2014

The application form is now open for the Beautiful Iowa School Award. Each winner receives a banner for the school, organization or classroom, and enough stickers for the students involved. Visit this..

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies 23-Jan-2014

It's not looking good for Iowa. The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables (http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/downloads/State-Indicator-Report-Fruits-Vegetables-2013.pdf), 2013 shows Iowans ea..

One Step Garden Grant Due Feb. 1 23-Jan-2014

Giving back to the community is part of the Hy-Vee culture. Hy-Vee One Step products offer everyday foods, donating a portion of those proceeds to local and world-wide charitable causes. Hy-Vee in..

Working Together 23-Jan-2014

The Green Schools National Network is holding their annual conference March 27-29 in Sacramento, CA. Sounds like a nice, warm place! This national network has created a “culture of collabora..

Service-Learning Funding Available 06-Jan-2014

Beautiful Iowa School Awards of up to $400 are available through late May. The application form is online, and you can complete it here (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7WP5V6V). Funding from t..

Richard Louv in Iowa Dec. 4 26-Nov-2013

Trees Forever is hosting "Our Woodland Legacy Symposium" Wednesday December 4, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel in Cedar Rapids. "Green & Blue: A Natural Connection" will begin at 8:30 and conclud..

Care to Recycle 27-Oct-2013

Taking its recycling campaign to "the smallest room in the house," Johnson & Johnson has launched Care to Recycle (http://caretorecycle.com/), an online educational initiative aimed at increasing ..

Intergenerational Program Grants Due October 30 10-Oct-2013

Generations United and Mentor Up and the AARP Foundation are offering grants to award $1,000 Youth Jumpstart grants. Organizations are to develop creative intergenerational programs to address the..

End Childhood Hunger 07-Oct-2013

Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants--Deadline: January 31 Do you know where your next meal is coming from? One in five children in America don't. But this is a problem that can be solved, and kids are ..

America Recycles Day Nov. 15 02-Oct-2013

We hear from a lot of schools that are starting recycling programs. Amanda Pelzer of Martensdale-St. Mary's School District wrote, "We do a recycling program with our elementary, so that is defini..

FREE Registration! Nature Explore Workshops 02-Oct-2013

This doesn't happen everyday. Nature Explore is offering several workshops free of charge. Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of a Certified Nature..

Heart Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature 26-Sep-2013

Working with children is joyful and rewarding but it also takes great reserves of strength and energy. Attend this ground-breaking workshop (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oe..

Apply NOW for School Garden Grant Program 15-Sep-2013

The Whole Kids Foundation (http://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/) and FoodCorps (https://foodcorps.org/where-we-work/iowa) have collaborated to develop the School Garden Grant Program (http://www.wh..

Keep it Clean, Keep it Fun for Everyone 15-Sep-2013

This new Iowa Department of Natural Resources campaign is designed to improve people's behavior on Iowa rivers. Landowners and recreational paddlers have been complaining to DNR staff about "Rude ..

Up to $5,000 from Lowe's 13-Sep-2013

This grant can help you get your School Improvement Project off the ground. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (http://www.toolboxforeducation.com) is now accepting applications fo..

$1000 Scholarships: Apply Now! 30-Aug-2013

Each year Keep Iowa Beautiful awards scholarships to Iowa high school seniors who plan to major in community development or environmental studies.This year up to five $1000 scholarships will be aw..

Beautiful Iowa Schools Awarded 23-Jul-2013

Keep Iowa Beautiful has announced seven programs that received the Beautiful Iowa School Award in 2013: Children and Family Urban Ministries, Des Moines Just For You Program Whyld Girls S..

From our Fans in Compton 12-Jun-2013

Today I got this email from Compton Community Center (http://comptoncommunitycenter.org/)-- Hi There! I just wanted to send you a quick note on behalf of some of the kids in our After ..

May 11 Edible Urban Garden Tour 11-May-2013

If you eat, you’re in. Even if you don’t grow your own, everyone has a stake in food. To encourage conversation about food we eat and grow in the city, we are holding the first of three 20..

It's Not Too Late 20-Apr-2013

...to join in with people all over the world for Global Youth Service Day. Visit www.GYSD.org (http://www.gysd.org/easyprojectideas?utm_source=\National+Service+Briefing+4.18.13&utm_campaign=N..

Let the Countdown Begin! 28-Mar-2013

3...2...1 Let the countdown begin to the largest service event in the world! We are officially one month away from Global Youth Service Day. Kids can change the world through service. You can beco..

$5,000 Game ON! Grant 22-Mar-2013

Outdoor Nation (http://outdoornation.org/), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA (http://www.theesa.com/about/index.asp)) and the conservation community are partnering to launch Game ON! Ch..

Planning and Reflection Workshop 22-Mar-2013

Community! Youth Concepts (CYC) (http://cyconcepts.org/) will teach you how to engage youth in planning and reflection -- two critical skills for involving youth in service-learning. The workshop will..

"A Sense of Plenty" Conference 19-Mar-2013

Plan to attend “A Season of Plenty”, the 2013 Midwest Environment Education Conference (MEEC) (https://sites.google.com/a/cfu.net/icec/home/winter-solstice-scholarship) September 25-28th i..

Kids Step Up 17-Mar-2013

I just heard about the kids from Sun Valley School in Marin, California who use their lunch periods to learn about environmental issues. Last year, they discovered that Crayola makes half a billio..

Farm to School Grants 18-Feb-2013

School gardens are sprouting up like crazy these days. The FoodCorps (https://foodcorps.org/where-we-work/iowa) is helping 21 Des Moines schools grow vegetable gardens. The USDA has just announced..

Digital Learning Day February 6, 2013 28-Jan-2013

Activities, ideas and opportunities peak on February 6, 2013, the second annual Digital Learning Day (http://digitallearningday.org/splash). Thousands of teachers and nearly 2 million students par..

Paint Iowa Beautiful Grants til February 22 18-Jan-2013

Do you want to paint? Do you want to create a mural (http://twincitiesmurals.blogspot.com/)? Do you want to spruce up a building? Paint a new building at your school (http://youtu.be/NLjBGIsNoec) ..

Go Katniss 09-Jan-2013

The Iowa Archery in the Schools Foundation established their equipment grant program to promote youth archery by providing the equipment needed to conduct international-style target archery programs. ..

January 16 Webinar: Keys to Successful Intergenerational Programs 03-Jan-2013

During this free webinar, learn about innovative intergenerational program models, key factors to their success and strategies for overcoming common challenges. Practitioners from intergenerationa..

Our Town Grants Due January 14, 2013 03-Jan-2013

Do you have an idea for a project that contributes to the livability of your community? Have you been talking about a project that will make your town a livelier, more beautiful and sustainable pl..

Disney Friends for Change Grants Due February 10 18-Dec-2012

Disney Friends for Change Grants (http://www.ysa.org/grants/disney-friends-change-grants) highlight the creativity and commitment of young people working to meet the needs of others, and show how..

ICEC Mini Grant Program Deadline January 20 29-Nov-2012

The Iowa Conservation Education Coalition (ICEC) MiniGrant program helps Iowa schools buy materials they need to teachenvironmental education. The grant funds up to $200 per school building for b..

Water Conservation Grants Due December 21 29-Nov-2012

Outdoor Nation just announced that it is accepting applications from individuals between the ages of 18 and 28 or 501c3 non-profit organizations who are interested in water conservation and the re..

Santa Claus is Coming 14-Nov-2012

But where are all those holiday lights going? The Green Iowa AmeriCorps (http://www.greeniowaamericorps.org/#!) program has an answer to that question for the Cedar Falls and Waterloo communities...

It's the Economy 08-Nov-2012

Volunteerism and service are CRUCIAL to economic recovery and development according to Wendy Spencer (http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/role_impact/wendy.asp), CEO of the Corporation for Nation..

Free Webinar October 29 25-Oct-2012

The National Youth Leadership Council is hosting a free Webinar October 29th on incorporating service-learning into 9/11 Day for next year. Here’s the link to register: http://www.nylc.org/s..

Hunger Grant Due January 31, 2013 19-Oct-2012

More than 16 million children live in homes where they're not sure where their next meal will come from. Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation are calling on young people to join the fight t..

Election Season Service 12-Oct-2012

Youth Service America (http://www.ysa.org) offers the ServiceVote 12 for '12 (http://www.ysa.org/ServiceVote) - twelve ideas of how young people can serve this election season (and only one of the..

Environmental Issues Instruction 09-Oct-2012

Environmental Issues Instruction will offer 2 professional development opportunities that provide instructional activities for teaching an interdisciplinary unit on Wildlife of Prairie Roadsides. ..

Celebrate Ding Darling 08-Oct-2012

October is a great month to celebrate the beauty of Iowa. October 21 is Ding Darling Day (http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/08/16/des-moines-ding-darling-day-to-hon..

Conservation Education Program Grant Deadline 11/1 05-Oct-2012

The Conservation Education Program (CEP) allocates $350,000 of REAP funds in June and December of each year for programs that teach people of all ages about their environment and how to make intel..

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