Events Archive

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

“Ever wonder if something more profitable, productive and environmentally friendly could be grown in the bare spots you see in fields? We did too! Spoiler alert: perennial plants checked all the boxes,” said Emily Heaton, an associate professor at Iowa State University. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Please meet at the park office to head on a hike to view groups of migrating Monarch butterflies.

Event hosted by Iowa DNR

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Blank Park Zoo’s Plant.Grow.Fly. and partners are pleased to announce the 2019 Monarch Festival! 

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 8:30am

Calling citizen scientists of all ages! Neal Smith NWR is looking for volunteers to assist Refuge staff in capturing, tagging, and releasing monarch butterflies. Tagging monarchs helps scientists learn more about their fascinating migration. Pre-registration is required and limited to the first 100 participants. To register, please call 515-994-3400 or email

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Monarch on milkweed at sunriseIowa Learning Farms, in partnership with 

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Rob Stout and ISU collaborators will host a field day to talk about successful examples of merging water quality and pollinator habitat conservation practices.

More information is available here:

Event partners include Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Monarch Consortium, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and National Wildlife Federation.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Abigail Derby-Lewis, Senior Conservation Ecologist and Senior Program Manager, The Field Museum
Patrick Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Community Wildlife, The National Wildlife Federation

More information will be available here:

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Landowners and families who want to learn more about planting monarch and pollinator habitat should consider attending a field day Aug. 26 near Creston.

The event is being hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Pheasants Forever, USDA-NRCS and the Union County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Dana Schweitzer, coordinator for the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, will give an overview of monarch biology and population decline.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:30am to Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 2:30pm

The Asteraceae family makes up the largest percent of plants in North America. Learn about aster biology and identification with Dr. Thomas Rosburg. 

Registration is $220 and includes workshop materials, two nights of lodging, and meals. Register with Karla Van Roekel, Guest Services at 712-790-8221 ext 1. 

For additional information or questions, contact Penny Perkins at 712-790-8221 ext 4. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Meet offsite to hike Red Feather Prairie and hunt for butterflies with Reiman Gardens’ staff during an Iowa Butterfly Survey Network practice session. Discover some of Iowa’s beautiful insects, and learn more about getting involved in a statewide citizen science project. All are welcome!

Be prepared to hike up to 1.5 miles during the butterfly survey. Canceled if rain.

Registration is required.
FREE for all participants

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

AMES, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms, will host a conservation practice showcase field day on Thursday, August 8th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Iowa State University Uthe Farm near Madrid. The event is free, open to the whole family and includes a complimentary meal. Please RSVP to Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Take a step back in time at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge’s annual Bison Day! All ages are welcome to spend a day on the prairie and discover the wonders of the bison. The FREE event will take place on Saturday, August 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Activities include live music, live wildlife displays, arts and crafts, games, discovery hikes, children’s story-time and a weaver’s guild demonstration. Participants will also enjoy hands-on activities including archery and a scavenger hunt. There will be a Nature Tots program at 10:30 a.m. for three to five-year olds.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Learn about the biology, identification, and habitat management for the rusty-patched bumble bee from experts from Iowa DNR, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Xerces Society. Then head out into the field for surveys and research.

Bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a camera. Suggested attire includes long pants, boots and a hat. 

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Please meet in the first parking area along the beach road. We will go for a hike, looking on milkweed, to find Monarch caterpillars.

Hosted by Iowa DNR.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join Dr. Thomas Rosburg on monthly prairie walks at the largest prairie remnant in Story County. See rare and common prairie flora that change each month and learn about the history and ecology of central Iowa prairies. Long pants, sturdy shoes, and bug spray are recommended. Walks are family-friendly but not stroller-friendly. Walks will be canceled in the event of inclement weather (thunderstorms). These walks are free, and no registration is required.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

How to plant for success: The trials and triumphs of establishing pollinator habitat

Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Work with local artists Pam Dennis and Ryk Weiss to create your own insect hotel to attract and house beneficial insects like bees and other pollinators. Create a willow structure, then use natural materials gathered at Reiman Gardens to make “rooms” for your insects. All materials provided.
Great for adults, or youth ages 6 and up with adult assistance. Preregistration with prepayment required by Thursday, July 18.

$40 Member Adult/Youth Pair
$12 Each Additional Member Youth
$50 General Public Adult/Youth Pair
$15 Each Additional General Public Youth

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Andy Joseph will give a tour of one of his apiaries.  He will show how he keeps bees and demonstrate his equipment and methods.  Bring appropriate bee protection as Andy will be opening hives and answering any questions.  Info for every level and a “hands-on” demo!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Join Trees Forever for a morning tour of three different planting sights that demonstrate the progression of establishment in native prairie plantings. You will see a first, second and third year planting while learning planting techniques, establishment practices, maintenance strategies and resources that are available for assistance. If you have any questions please contact Jeff Jensen at  for more information.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Alexis Winter, Environmental Social Scientist, The Field Museum
Christine Browne Ph.D., Conservation Social Scientist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

More information as available here:

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Admission is FREE from 10:00am - 2:00pm on 6-22-2019 to celebrate National Pollinator Week at Reiman Gardens!

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 and more.

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 10:00am

Come walk in fields full of native wildflowers and grasses, experience pollinator habitat and how to create and manage it, what programs may be available for assistance, learn about the importance of pollinators -- from bees to monarchs -- and ask questions to local professionals.

Event contact: Dan Borchardt: 641-430-3354. RSVP is recommended but not required.

Related field tours June 17-21, 2019: