Stewards of the Beautiful Land

Trees Forever and the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallgrass Prairie Center invite you become a Steward of the Beautiful Land!

Explore the native ecosystems near you! Stewards of the Beautiful Land is an educational series that covers the importance of native plants and trees. Join us throughout the spring, summer, and fall for webinars covering topics that will help you enjoy the native environment around you and keep your part of the world a little greener! We are now offering our individual webinars to everyone free of charge!

Learn About:

Plant identification
What, where and how to plant
Roadside plantings
Establishment practices
Benefits and uses of local flora
Pollinator habitat needs
Threats to native habitat
Advocacy opportunities 
Available resources for you and your community

Get registered for upcoming webinars:
All webinars run Noon to 1:00 p.m.

May 10 – Spring Ephemerals with Field Coordinator Emily Ehley
May 24 – Stewards of Iowa’s Land & Water: A Panel Q&A
June 7 – Landscaping for Water Quality with Josh Balk 
June 21 – Pollinator Palooza
July 12 – Big Picture: Iowa Forestry
July 26 – Bugs for Beginners
August 9 – Prairie Management with Tolif Hunt POSTPONED
August 23 – Roadside Roundtable
September 6 – No Webinar
September 13 – Prairie Management with Tolif Hunt
September 27 – Last Glacier in Iowa: Behavior & Landforms in the Des Moines Lobe 

Stewards of the Beautiful Land is made possible through generous support from the Living Roadway Trust Fund of the Iowa Department of Transportation, a Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grant, along with local partners and Trees Forever members. Thank you!

Meet us out in the field!

Get hands-on experience during monthly, in-person prairie walkabouts. Four separate counties throughout Iowa will host monthly field days for participants to learn about pant identification and experience our state’s native ecosystem.

Check back here for field day location and time announcement updates!

Carroll County
June 7 – Dickinson Timber 
July 11 – Great Western Park 
August 16 – Prairie Remnant 
September 13 – Swan Lake State Park (Tree Planting) 

Dickinson County
June 22 – A Walk in the Woods
July 11 – Prairie ID & Pollinators
Aug. 8 – Roadsides at Work
Sept. 20 – Prairie Walk and Planting

Franklin County
June 6 – A Walk in the Woods
July 6 – Pollinators & Prairie ID
Aug. 9 – Roadsides at Work
Sept. 21 – Prairie Walk & Planting

Mahaska County
June 22 – Prairie ID and Pollinator gardens 
July 12 – Invasive plant ID and Removal 
August 12 – Tree ID and County Conservation Center Visit 
Sept. 23 – Prairie planting with hand seeding 

Check out a video prairie tour from our Franklin County field day!