Upcoming Events

"Monarchs on the Move"

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

We're exploring biodiversity in the heartland with "Monarchs on the Move," a two-day National 4-H Ag Innovators Experience for 4-H youth and leaders!

  • Life cycle of the monarch, from egg to butterfly
  • Look at the land from a butterfly's perspective
  • Learn about milkweed species and more

Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Lynne Campbell, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, lynnec@iastate.edu Read more about "Monarchs on the Move"

Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Garden Planning

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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 "Garden Planning." Early planning can make prairie garden creation a snap! Learn the steps of designing a successful garden.  More information is here. Read more about Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Garden Planning

Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Starting Seeds Indoors

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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 " Starting Seeds Indoors." Starting plants indoors can greatly increase growth and success. Tour the Refuge greenhouse and learn techniques for indoor growing at your home.  More information is here. Read more about Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Starting Seeds Indoors

Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Transplanting Seedlings

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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 " Transplanting Seedlings." Your seeds have sprouted. Now what? Transplanting into larger containers gives your seedlings room to grow and ensures survivability   More information is here. Read more about Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Transplanting Seedlings

Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Preparing Your Site

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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 " Preparing Your Site."  Set yourself up for success with these simple pre-planting hints and tricks! We will apply the day’s lesson by preparing an area outside the Prairie Learning Center for a future garden.   More information is here. Read more about Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Preparing Your Site

Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Planting Your Garden

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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

Do It Yourself Prairie Series: Caring for Your Garden

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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