Our Woodland Legacy Symposium

Giving Voice and Value to Our Natural Assets


Thursday, December 12, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Country Club • 550 27th St Dr SE • Cedar Rapids, Iowa



This event brings together municipal and county leaders, business leaders, educators, engineers, developers, planners, architects, conservationists and activist citizens. Together we explore sustainable community development, considering the impact of trees and other green infrastructure on our local communities’ livability, economy, wellness, and our children’s ability to learn and thrive. 


Keynote Speech: Bringing Open Spaces to our Urban Lives

George Hess, Ph.D., North Carolina State Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Click here to read more about Dr. Hess

Natural areas and green spaces in cities support healthy cultures, people, and environments. Our challenge is to reach “beyond the choir” and connect the dots in compelling and inclusive ways that bring everyone on board with the need to conserve nature in the city. Why? Because green spaces help protect clean water and natural habitats, provide opportunities for local farms and food, connect people with nature, and support public health and economic vitality. Dr. Hess will summarize research that supports these benefits, share initiatives that spread the message of conservation to the non-conservation communities, and review practices that make it work. 


Morning Panel

Bringing Nature Near
Learn about local initiatives that are bringing nature to where we live and work, and why they are important to you and our community.


Afternoon Concurrent Panels (choose one)


Building Nature In: Why, where and how to include nature in planning and development.  
This is an interactive workshop for planners, developers and engineers to discuss current development examples, and the opportunities and challenges of including open spaces.


Bringing Nature Home
This interactive workshop will feature a variety of local perspectives to help you plan and plant for conservation on your property and in your neighborhood.


Registration is now closed.