Stewards of the Beautiful Land

Native plants are important for native ecosystem, whether those plants are trees, grasses or flowers! We need them to create habitat, manage storm water, protect our soil and create beautiful communities. 


Trees Forever is thrilled to announce we are bringing back our Stewards of the Beautiful Land program to share information with community leaders, volunteers and natural resource professionals about the benefits and use of native plants in our landscape.


The course includes four hands on learning sessions spread over the growing season. Each session includes classroom instruction, outdoor hands-on learning, and take home resources to encourage continued learning and action. Participants learn how native plants can beautify our roadsides, community corridors, parks and green spaces while providing a multitude of ecological benefits. Discover resources available to help establish and maintain these plants in your community and how you can advocate for more of these beneficial and beautiful plants.


Trees Forever experts and other invited partners will provide instruction on:

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


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. There is a registration fee of $25 which covers the cost of course materials and refreshments during each session.


The Stewards of the Beautiful Land course is a partnership between UNI’s Tallgrass Prairie Center and Trees Forever and 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. 

Class participants study a roadside prairie

2020 Stewards of the Beautiful Land class locations


Clayton County


City of Dubuque


Grundy County


Mills County