Meet INHF’s new design intern

Hi all!
My name is Kelsea Graham and I’m the new INHF design intern this spring. I’m a junior at Drake University studying graphic design and advertising. I’m a Kansas City, MO native, but I’m excited to make Des Moines my new home.Kelsea
I spend my much-appreciated free time discovering old and new music, playing The Sims, and dying my hair crazy colors.
As a design intern I’ll be making things aesthetically pleasing, including event materials, brochures and so on. I’ll also be responsible for organizing our large collection of photos.
I’m so excited to work with INHF and put my passion toward a greater good! I can be reached at

Elevate: Creating an Environment of Action Conference


Credit: Iowa Environmental Council

The Iowa Environmental Council is hosting it’s 2015 annual conference this Friday Oct. 2 at Drake University. The theme of this year’s conference is Elevate: Creating an Environment of Action. It is also the 20th anniversary of the conference.

The keynote speaker is Chad Pregracke, CNN’s 2013 Hero of the Year. He is founder and president of Living Lands and Waters, a river clean-up and conservation nonprofit. Pregracke is best known for his care of the Mississippi River, but Living Lands and Waters has organized over 800 river clean-up sessions across the nation.

Other notable speakers include: Dennis Keeney, first Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Dr. Jerry L. Hatfield, Laboratory Director, USDA–ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture & the Environment; and Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.

Breakout session topics include “Protecting Water, Air and Land with Legal Tools” and “Communicating the Climate Opportunity.”

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and exhibitors, and ends at 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. The full schedule can be viewed here.

Registration is available online. Special rates are available for students and Iowa Environmental Council members. This conference is also approved for 3.75 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit.

We hope to see you there to talk, learn, and take action!



INHF welcomes new Communications Intern

Taylor_smallHi all!

My name is Taylor Eisenhauer, and I’m very excited to be INHF’s new Communications Intern. Currently a sophomore at Drake University, I study magazine journalism, English, and rhetoric. I hail from the small town of Herrin, Ill., but Des Moines has definitely become my second home.

In my free time, I like to read and scroll through my social media feeds. When I’m outside, I enjoy playing tennis and talking walks. Walking clears my head, and I like to see what new things I can discover when I look close enough.

As a communications intern, I’ll work with the communications team to write news releases and magazine articles about INHF projects, assist with special events (like our annual Hagie Heritage Award), write blog posts, and update our website and social media.

I’m very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working with INHF!

If you have any questions (or just want to say hi), I can be reached at


INHF welcomes new communications intern

Adam headshotEach new season INHF welcomes a new crop of interns, whether they’re in the field or in the office. This week, our new summer communications intern Adam Graves joined us!

Adam hails from Omaha, Neb. and will be a junior at Drake University come fall. He is studying Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and a concentration in Leadership. Adam is a member of Theta Chi fraternity, sings with Fermata The Blue, an a cappella group on campus and has completed over 180 hours of service with Alpha Phi Omega, Drake’s service fraternity. In his free time, Adam enjoys running Iowa’s trails, listening to music and eating cottage cheese. Continue reading