Stewards of the Beautiful LandTM is an educational course for volunteers focusing on the benefits and use of native plants. A course typically involves four meetings spread over the growing season, each of which includes time in the field identifying native plants as well as classroom instruction. Participants are also able to help plan and plant a small project using native plants.
Who is eligible to participate?
Anyone who is interested in learning more about native plants can take the course; it is geared to those with little to no previous knowledge or experience. Typically the course is offered in a county, and we partner with local county and/or city natural resource staff to deliver the course. If you are interested in having a Stewards of the Beautiful Land course in your county, contact us.
Goals of the Stewards of the Beautiful Land
Each group of participants completes a project in their county as part of the course. The most important desired outcome, however, is that participants will take their knowledge gained back to their homes, schools, and communities, and apply it by developing and completing new projects.
What does this program provide?
Education on planning, planting, funding, and maintaining a project using native plants. Each participant gets a reference binder filled with information on planning, maintenance, funding, etc.
How do I register?
Registration is open each spring. There is no fee, however space is limited. No prior experience or knowledge of prairies and trees is necessary, only a commitment to actively participate in the workshops.
Thanks to the Sponsors:
The Iowa Department of Transportation, the Living Roadway Trust Fund of the Iowa DOT, Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension, and the Federal Highway Administration.