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. 


That is why this summer 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 will include classroom instruction, outdoor hands-on learning, and take home resources that encourage continue learning and action. Participants will learn how native plants can beautify our roadsides, community corridors, parks and green spaces while providing a multitude of ecological benefits. Participants will learn about resources available to help establish and maintain these plants in their communities and how they can advocate for more of these beneficial and beautiful plants in their communities.


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 in the community. 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 will cover 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

Registration for 2020 classes opening soon!