Stewards Program

Stewards of the Beautiful Land in Clayton County:

June 16, July 8, August 5, September 15

This four-part course is designed to expand your understanding of and appreciation for the native plant ecosystems we have in Iowa. The program is a partnership between Trees Forever and the Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa supported through REAP and the Iowa's Living Roadways Trust Fund.

The first course will be a webinar on June 16 and will explore the ecological history of Iowa and the resulting advantageous use of native plants in our landscape and roadsides.

The three following courses will be held at local sites, will build on this knowledge and help participants deepen their understanding of native plants, how we can advocate for their use, resources available to community leaders and residents and share enthusiasm with likeminded people to build a network of people that care about and for the land.

Each session is designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles with photo filled presentations, hands on learning, a variety of written materials and activities to engage and enhance comfort levels. Plant identification, multiple methods of advocacy and fun all around.

The course will conclude with a hands on planting project. No prior experience or knowledge of prairies or trees is necessary, only a commitment to actively participate in all the classes.