April showers bring May flowers, and what better way to celebrate spring being in full bloom than to look at getting some of your own? Come out and enjoy an evening learning about native plants in butterfly gardens. Join us in welcoming our friend, Jim Kessler, as he answers questions and teaches about the best components of butterfly gardens. You will get the opportunity to learn how to design a butterfly garden that supports Monarchs and other pollinators. Please register for this event by Friday, May 11th at 1:00pm.
About the presenter: Jim Kessler currently teaches Environmental Biology and Introductory Biology at Iowa Valley Community College – Grinnell. Jim taught Biology at Newton High School from 1972 – 2005. Jim and Kathy Kessler have restored 30 acres to native habitat south of Grinnell. They have recently donated 27 acres of their restored habitats to the Bur Oak Land Trust in Iowa City for perpetual preservation and management. He has shared presentations almost 90 times during the last five years about the importance of native plantings to pollinators, songbirds, and people. He has spoken at Iowa State University, Blank Park Zoo, the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, the Bur Oak Land Trust’s Prairie Preview in Iowa City, University of Iowa, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and to many community, conservation, and school groups in Iowa and other states.
The first 20 people to register will receive a free native plant at the event! If you do not get a confirmation email of your registration, please call 515-961-6169.