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Area Program Offered on Native Iowa Plants and Trees

If you have ever wanted to learn more about Iowa’s native trees, grasses and wildflowers, you’ll have a chance to do so in a series of classes being offered in the area this summer.  Trees Forever will be offering its popular Stewards of the Beautiful Land programs in Floyd and Cerro Gordo Counties in Iowa this year.

(PHOTO: The four-part series of classes begins on Thursday, June 21, in Nora Springs at City Hall.)

Trees Forever’s Stewards of the Beautiful Land program is designed to educate participants about the role and use of native trees, grasses and wildflowers in community, rural and home landscaping projects.  Staff from Trees Forever, Floyd County Conservation, and Cerro Gordo County Conservation will host four different, monthly class sessions – from June through September. Other partners include the Rockford Visioning Committee and the Nora Springs Visioning Committee. The first class starts Thursday, June 21.

The Stewards of the Beautiful Land program will cover topics such as:

  • Native plant identification
  • Benefits and use of native plant species
  • Design principals
  • Planting practices
  • Establishment and maintenance techniques
  • Project Funding

In addition, class members will also help plant a small rain garden project using native plants.

The four-part series of classes begins on Thursday, June 21, in Nora Springs. Participants should meet at Nora Springs City Hall, 45 N. Hawkeye Ave.  Subsequent classes will be held at other locations around Cerro Gordo and Floyd counties on Thursdays July 12, August 16, and September 13.  Participants should plan to travel to all four classes for the entire educational experience. Classes will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and include classroom-style instruction as well as outdoor field study.

There is no cost to participate in the Stewards of the Beautiful Land program, but space is limited.  No prior experience with or knowledge of native trees and plants is necessary, only a commitment to actively participate in the class series and the planting project.

To register for the 2012 program, or to get more information, visit or call 1-800-369-1269.  The deadline for registration is June 14.

Trees Forever is an Iowa-based nonprofit environmental organization focused on community tree planting, water quality initiatives, and roadway and trail enhancements.  The Stewards of the Beautiful Land program is funded by the Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund.

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