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    Join us for weekly educational lectures on a range of topics focusing on Wild Landscapes. This lineup of speakers will inspire and inform you on how to prioritize revitalizing natural landscapes in your own backyard and community.

    January 7:
    Wild Landscapes of the Botanical Garden
    Sarah Steffen, Botanical Garden
    Imperiled Plants
    Dr. Tom Rosburg, Drake University

    January 14:
    Managing a Wild Lawn
    Emily Dvoark, Good Neighbor Iowa
    Full Circle Vegetable Gardening with Nature
    Kelly and Libby Jensen, Practical Farmers of Iowa

    January 21:
    Ada Hayden Herbarium Collections
    Deb Lewis, Iowa State University
    The 3 Ps: People, Plants and Pollinators
    Lynne Campbell, Iowa State University

    January 28:
    How to Grow Mushrooms in Iowa
    Dark Shadow Mushrooms
    Bringing Back the Prairie – It Starts with Seed
    Laura Fisher Walter, University of Northern Iowa Tallgrass Prairie Center

    February 4:
    Earth to Flower to Sky: How to Manage for Iowa’s Most Vulnerable Wildlife
    Stephanie Shepard, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
    Rainscaping 101
    Cody Acevedo, Easter Lake Watershed

    February 11:
    Wild Trees: Growing Hazelnuts in Iowa
    Jeff Jensen, Iowa Nut Growers Association
    Pollinators of Iowa
    Sarah Nizzi, Xerces Society

    February 18:
    Remnant Prairies of Iowa
    Tabitha Panas, Iowa Prairie Network
    Bringing the Urban Landscape Indoors
    Laura Pence, Botanical Garden

    February 25:
    Wild Mushrooms of Iowa
    Fungi Fresh Farms
    How to Protect and Preserve Iowa’s Natural Areas in a Changing Climate
    Emily Martin, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

    March 4:
    Iowa State University Prairie STRIPS
    Tim Youngquist, Iowa State University
    Prairie Restoration in Iowa
    Carl Kurtz, Author

    March 11:
    Foraging for Beginners
    Chelsea Rowcliffe, Mitchell County Conservation Board
    Growing a Sustainable Community Tree Canopy with Your Own Wild Yard
    Emma Hanigan, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

    March 18:
    Creating Bird Habitat in Your Backyard
    Annie Fangman, Bird Friendly Iowa
    Creating Habitat in Interesting Places: Iowa Roadside Vegetation Management
    Tara Van Waus, Iowa Department of Transportation

    March 25:
    Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge: A Glimpse Back in Time
    Karen Viste-Sparkman and Neil Baalman, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
    Spring Garden Festival Preview
    Aaron Harpold, Botanical Garden