Improving Soil Health and Wildlife Habitat Through Native  Plantings and Prairie and Pollinators Field Day Events


September 7, 2019  – Two great sessions in one day!
Plan to attend one of both!
9:30 to 11:30 am Farmer and large landowner focus.
1 to 3 pm Urban landowner focus.

Participants will learn about planting and maintenance for prairie plants and pollinators in both rural and urban settings. Benefits of native plantings regarding soil health, soil infiltration, nutrient reduction, erosion and pest control and will be introduced in the context of a managed prairie.

Click here for early registration for the morning session, and/or here for early registration for the afternoon session and receive a free Monarchs and Milkweed poster!


Morning Session:
9:30 – 10:00 am: Morning Prairie Habitat Tour and Bumblebee Hunt at Upstill Park 129 Park Ave. in Gilbert, IA.
10:15 – 11:30 am: Edge of Field Tour (For farmers) at Linda Murken and Jim Noland’s residence just West of Gilbert at 17185 George Washington Ave., Gilbert, IA 50105.

This session will with a tour of a local prairie planting.  Attendees will learn about the unique species of plants and pollinators that call Central Iowa home.
Staff from Prairie Rivers of Iowa and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be on hand to offer assistance and information to landowners interested in Conservation Reserve Program enrollment and native plantings.

Afternoon Session:
The Big Bluestem Shelter in Moore in Memorial Park at 3050 Northridge Parkway in Ames
1:00 – 3:00 pm Informational Booths Open
1:10 – 1:25 pm:
Welcome and Short Program
1:30 – 2:00 pm:
Prairie Tour and Bumblebee Hunt 1
2:15 – 2:45 pm:
Prairie Tour and Bumblebee Hunt 2
2:45 – 3:00 pm: Q&A With Experts

This Session is open to the general public.  Informational booths from local environmental groups and businesses will have demonstrations and information for guests throughout the day. Guest speakers will give a brief introduction about the native plants and bumblebees that guests will be able to see in the park. Tours These tours will teach guests about plants that are blooming in the early fall season as well as the bumblebees that feed off them.


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