Events Archive

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Learn why we tag monarchs, how to track them, and then tag your very own monarch. Preregistration is required! Limit one monarch per individual or group. More information is available on the Reiman Gardens calendar.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Are you curious about the fall monarch migration? Learn how to net, tag, and release monarchs as the Methuselah generation begins its journey southward to Mexico. More information is available here: http://whiterockconservancy.org/event/monarch-tagging/

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

The 2018 Farm Progress Show allows farmers to network and learn about new products and technologies. This year, attendees can discuss research and conservation activities for monarchs and milkweeds with the ISU monarch research team inside the Iowa State University tent.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The 2018 Farm Progress Show allows farmers to network and learn about new products and technologies. This year, attendees can discuss research and conservation activities for monarchs and milkweeds with the ISU monarch research team inside the Iowa State University tent.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Presenters: Iris Caldwell, Energy Resources Center and Thelma Redick, Wildlife Habitat Council.

Register here. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The 2018 Farm Progress Show allows farmers to network and learn about new products and technologies. This year, attendees can discuss research and conservation activities for monarchs and milkweeds with the ISU monarch research team inside the Iowa State University tent.

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

image of flyer for 2018 Iowa City Monarch Festival

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. The third annual Monarch Festival will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at a new location, Terry Trueblood Park Lodge, 579 McCollister Blvd. There is no fee to attend.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a monarch and pollinator field day on Aug. 21 at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City.

There is no cost to attend the event, but please RSVP to the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office via email at bbunkers@iastate.edu or phone 712-737-4230. Refreshments and on-site parking will be provided.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Iowa Monarch HabitatSpeakers: Joshua Divan and Kelsey Fleming, Pheasants Forever

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 5:15pm to 8:30pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is partnering to host a pollinator habitat workshop. Randall Cass, entomologist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will be the event’s primary presenter and will discuss the benefits of prairie to native bees and pollinators. Attendees also will have an opportunity to learn more about guidelines for seeding establishments, tree and shrub benefits to pollinators, cost share opportunities and partner organizations in improving prairie habitat.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Presenters: Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates Founder & Principal. Ann Aldrich, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, past Restoration Director.

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.

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Please register here by June 30 to help us plan for your visit! Registration includes lunch, workshop materials and free on-site parking.

Coffee/check-in will be 9:30 - 10:00am on Friday, July 13 at FEEL. Presentations from 10:00am - 3:00pm will include:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Presenter: Monarch Watch, University of Kansas

Register here. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Butterfly monitoring field day

Hike 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! Admission is free but preregistration is required.

Participants will meet at the Monarch Research Station in Marion, Iowa – be prepared to hike up to 1.5 miles during the butterfly survey. Cancelled if rain.

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.

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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. 

Fee: $10

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Presenter: Rich Dolesh, National Recreation and Park Association Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives

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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Citizen scientists provide valuable data to monarch conservation through the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP). To learn about how to count monarchs and carefully describe their habitats, please consider attending a 2018 training session. This is a two-day event, but you will benefit even if you can only attend one of hte days. 

Cost: $50 (The fee covers the expense of lunch during the workshop and your very own monitoring kit; need-based scholarships are available upon request)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Citizen scientists provide valuable data to monarch conservation through the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP). To learn about how to count monarchs and carefully describe their habitats, please consider attending a 2018 training session. This is a two-day event, but you will benefit even if you can only attend one of hte days. 

Cost: $50 (The fee covers the expense of lunch during the workshop and your very own monitoring kit; need-based scholarships are available upon request)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Did you know more than 1/3 of our global food supply depends on pollinators? Learn how pollination works, who the pollinators are and threats they face. We’ll also discuss actions you can take to help pollinators in your own yard. Plan on getting your hands dirty making milkweed seed bombs to take home. FREE. No registration required.  

More information is available on the Polk County Conservation website

Questions please call, 515.323.5339.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an in-depth scientific review of the status of the monarch butterfly to determine whether it warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act. The Service has primary responsibility to protect and recover Endangered Species Act listed species and the ecosystems upon which they depend. This webinar, Understanding the Endangered Species Act, will provide the basic knowledge of the purpose of the Act and brief overview of listing, candidate conservation and regulations.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Celebrate Earth Day with environmental organizations at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm. A wide variety of family activities will get you in touch with Mother Earth and give you eco-friendly ideas for your landscape.

Mike Fallon will host a "Grow a Pollinator Garden" activity, where children will learn how to create a pollinator garden of native plants. All families go home with a free bag of materials for starting a small garden in their landscape.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

This webinar will highlight current research investigating roadside habitat for monarch butterflies: Speakers include

Alison Cariveau, Science Coordinator at Monarch Joint Venture, will discuss the project “Evaluating the suitability of roadway corridors for use by monarch butterflies.” The project develops tools for roadside ROW managers to optimally place and manage habitat for monarchs, , including a GIS prioritization tool, field-based habitat calculator, and best management practices.

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