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!


This four-class webinar series explores the importance of native plants and trees in native Iowa ecosystems. Discover how native plants and trees can work for your community to clean our air, water and soil!


Learn about:


  • Plant identification
  • What, where and how to plant
  • Establishment practices
  • Pollinator habitat needs
  • Threats to native habitat
  • Advocacy opportunities 
  • Available resources 


In addition to a virtual classroom setting, you will:


  • Have access to many downloadable resources
  • Get hands-on experience in-person identifying plants and seeing native prairie and trees during an optional “walk about.”
  • Be part of an exclusive Facebook group where you can ask questions, share your experiences with your classroom peers, and see timely video examples from our experts



An Outline of Online Curriculum:


Date & Time

Class Title


June 16

6 – 8 p.m.

Native Plants: Just the StartAn introduction to native plants in our landscape and why we need more

July 8

6 – 8 p.m.

Roadsides: Corridors of Opportunity An exploration of plants in our roadsides and the people working to make our drives more beautiful, beneficial, and sustainable

Aug. 11

6- 8 p.m.

Tough Talk: Threats to Native Plant UseTips, tricks and advice on how to manage threats that range from invasive species to funding limitations to cultural practices

Sept. 15

6 - 8 p.m.

A Movement of StewardsLeave a lasting mark on our landscape with a planting activity and plans for continued engagement after graduating from Stewards of the Beautiful Land




Registration is now closed.


View the Stewards of the Beautiful Land Course Resources

Class participants study a roadside prairie

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!