Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and pollinators in our city parks and you can help too. The first part of the program will involve learning about what pollinators need so they can survive and why they are so important to people. Second, participants will decorate and fill a flower pot they design to support pollinators and they will take it home with them that day. The last part of the program will actually be planting native Iowa species of plants in a new butterfly garden.
Want to learn how to create your own prairie garden? From seed cleaning and planting to weed control and using for education, you will learn a new skill every month in this DIY series. The topic for February will be " Planting Your Garden." You’ve prepared, now it’s time to get dirty! Help us plant a small pollinator garden outside the Prairie Learning Center. Learn techniques to bring home to your garden. Read more about Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Planting Your Garden
There will be many collaborators present to make sure this day is educational and plenty of fun! Collaborators include the Iowa State University Pollinator Working Group, the ISU Entomology Graduate Student Organization, the ISU Graduates in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Blank Park Zoo, and Ames High School. Read more about Pollinator Fest
Want to learn how to create your own prairie garden? From seed cleaning and planting to weed control and using for education, you will learn a new skill every month in this DIY series. The topic for February will be "Caring for Your Garden." Your plants may be in the ground, but the work is far from over! Learn various maintenance methods as we confront common issues including weeds, pests and more. More information is here. Read more about Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Caring for Your Garden
Presenters: Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates Founder & Principal. Ann Aldrich, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, past Restoration Director. Read more about Meadow Establishment in the East
Presenters: Emma Pelton, Conservation Biologist and Candace Fallon, Senior Conservation Biologist, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation