Events Archive

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 16 at noon about monarch butterfly conservation efforts in Iowa.    

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

Ray Moranz and Stephanie McNight from The Xerces Society join us this month to present on best management practices for monarchs and pollinators on rangelands.

Be sure to register in order to receive the webinar link:

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 1:00pm

Laura Lukens - Monarch Joint Venture
Kyle Kasten - Monarch Joint Venture
John Pleasants - Iowa State University, Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium

Join us for research updates from monarch programs and scientists. This month we focus on habitat with presentations from Laura Lukens and Kyle Kasten from the Monarch Joint Venture, and Dr. John Pleasants from Iowa State University on their research and work on monarch habitat in the US.

Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 11:00am to Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

This year’s conference theme, “Expanding Horizons: Where Conservation Meets Innovation,” evokes images of the expansive views of the region and the deep and varied soil horizons that make Iowa’s farmland some of the most productive in the world. This year’s theme also speaks to the broadening of individual perceptions and experiences as attendees discover new concepts, partners, and advancements in soil and water research.

More information is available on the SWCS website

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Greg Mitchell from Environment Canada joins us this month to talk about the listing decision for monarchs in Canada, how they fund stewardship projects, and the conservation research he is currently involved in.

Be sure to register in order to receive the webinar link:

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Note: this is a series of six 1-hour sessions in June; this calendar event is for the first session only. Webinars can be viewed at your convenience, but it may be helpful to participate live to ask questions. You will also benefit by visiting natural spaces nearby to practice plant id.

Event Description

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 1:00pm

Join us for research updates from monarch programs and scientists. This month we hear from Dr Sonia Altizer with Project Monarch Health, Dr. Ania Majewska at Emory University, and Ayse Tenger-Trolander with Dr. Marcus Kronski from the Univiersity of Chicago. Dr. Karen Oberhauser will moderate questions for each of our presenters as we learn about their recent research in monarch biology, ecology, and conservation.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 1:00pm

Monarch Conservation Webinar - Research Reports from the Field

Register here for the April 2020 Monarch Conservation Webinar. You will receive additional details about participating in the webinar on the confirmation page after registering. This series is a collaborative effort between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center. We look forward to your participation!

Title: Research Reports from the Field: Western Monarchs

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Register for the free Native Vegetation and Solar Energy webinar hosted by Center for Rural Affairs,

When: Thursday, April 23, Noon to 1:00pm

Where: Your own home or office, or wherever you have an internet connection

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 5:00pm
Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

Effective 3/16/2020, all Iowa State University events, activities and meetings are canceled. This will remain in effect until 4/4/2020. Be safe, be healthy!


Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Trees Forever and partners are Creating a Buzz through our pollinator trainings that provide a comprehensive look at the importance of pollinators, the decline of pollinators, what pollinators need, and how you can attract pollinators to your farm.  Attendees will be provided with a digital toolkit they can use to educate others about the topics discussed.  Learn about the importance of trees and shrubs to early season forage habitat as well as nesting opportunities for a range of pollinator species.  

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 4:00am

Got cabin fever? You can observe the annual northbound monarch butterfly migration ONLINE with Journey North! 

Browse among multiple species maps here:

View the latest monarch map updates here:

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

"Reconnecting Landscapes for Nature and People" hosted by the Iowa State University Committee on Lectures, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management and C-CHANGE

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 6:30pm

The City of Ames - City Government is hosting an EcoChat about water! We'll be at a booth with live monarchs to answer your questions about how planting monarch habitat can also benefit water quality.

Wednesday, Feb. 26: WATER

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 10:07pm


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:23pm

Like the Monarch Butterfly, more than one-third of America’s fish and wildlife species are now at risk of extinction. In the United States alone, more than 1,600 species are already listed under the Endangered Species Act, another 150 are presumed extinct, and state wildlife agencies have identified more than 12,000 Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Winter Workday at Breen Prairie

Curb your cabin fever with a morning outdoors! Volunteers will remove invasive brush from Breen Prairie. We'll end the day with warm beverages.

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush so native species can thrive.  No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome.

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 12:00pm to Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

Back by popular demand, the Pollinator Plaza at National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic 2020 will again provide information on popular pollinator species, citizen science research projects, fundraising campaigns, and habitat programs being implemented to provide quality habitat for a host of grassland and wildflower-dependent species, including pollinators, upland birds and other wildlife.  In addition, there will be several hands-on activities available to educate participants of all ages on the value of pollinating insects and the habitat they call home.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:10pm to 5:00pm

Rob Davis, Fresh Energy, Center for Pollinators in Energy. Check out Rob's bio here:

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

"Prairie Seeds, Bees and Birds"

10:00am - 5:00pm on Saturday January 25, 2020 at Ames High School

Seminar by Iowa Prairie Network is FREE and open to the public. Doors and registration open at 9:30am.

For more information contact: Trish Patrick,


The morning session starts at 10:00am and ends by 11:30am:

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Winter Workday at Snyder Heritage Farm

Curb your cabin fever with an afternoon outdoors! Volunteers will remove invasive brush from the oak savanna at Snyder Heritage Farm. We'll end the day with warm beverages.

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush so native species can thrive.  No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Reiman Gardens Behind the Scenes: Butterfly Lab

See the entomology laboratory, view frozen specimens and our collection of wings, along with other nuggets most people (including staff) never see. Perfect for Volunteers! Join staff members each month for an interactive look at Reiman Gardens.

This program is limited to 15 attendees. Register early to secure your spot: 

Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Saturday, December 21 anytime between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.

Come in from the cold to experience a different kind of blizzard – a butterfly blizzard in Reiman Gardens’ Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to release your very own butterfly, just-emerged from its chrysalis, and waiting in a container for its first flight in the Butterfly Wing. An amazing nature moment for young and old alike! While here, partake in fun, themed crafts and sip hot cocoa.