Events Archive

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center will host a free half-day workshop on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy for farmers, landowners, and conservation professionals on June 18th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Shelter House, Swan Lake State Park near Carroll, Iowa.

This workshop will:

Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Des Moines Water Works and the Conservation Learning Group, will host the first of three upcoming “Conservation On Tap” events, Thursday, June 13, from 6-7 p.m. at Confluence Brewing Co. in Des Moines. The event will provide local farmers, landowners and urban residents a chance to discuss conservation and ask questions. There will be an opportunity for networking following the event.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 6:00pm

Chronic Wasting Disease Ambassadors will be offered in Appanoose County at the Rathbun Fish Hatchery on June 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6-9 pm. If you are interested in enrolling, please use this link.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 9:30am to 3:15pm

***This event has been CANCELED due to severe weather threat***

This FREE forestry field day will be hosted at the beautiful Volga River State Recreation Area on May 21, 2024. No registration is required. Participants may bring a sack lunch (if they desire), however, no meal will be provided. See this link for agenda, direction, details.

Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 8:30am to 3:15pm

The 2024 Iowa Woodland Owners Association Spring Forestry Field Day will be hosted at, and sponsored by, New Melleray Abbey Forestry. This unique location will provide participants an opportunity to to view one of Iowa's largest private forestry and forest products operations, as well as an extensive riparian restoration effort to enhance water quality! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 10:00am

The Natural Resources Stewardship Professional Development Day is an annual one-day training and networking event for extension professionals to come together from across Iowa and a broad swath of program areas and disciplines to be inspired by some time outdoors, as well as discuss, network, and learn about natural resource issues, educational needs, and programming opportunities.This year's program is on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 and will be exploring conservation around Carroll and Guthrie Counties.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Forest City Parks department and the Iowa DNR would like to invite you to a forestry field day at Thomas Bearse Park in Forest City Iowa to talk about invasive species and forest management.

The Forest City Parks Department has started the difficult process of controlling the European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) in the park.  This field day will talk about what has been done and what will be needed to control this very invasive species.  We will also talk about oak management and the difficulties of perpetuating oak on the landscape.

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

The Women's Woodland Stewardship Network is offering an event at McFarland Park in Ames on Saturday, April 27th, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. We will spend the morning exploring the woods around the park with ISU professor Dr. Cathy McMullen who will talk about woodland wildflower identification and woodland understory restoration.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 2:00pm

Farmers across the Midwest and beyond have been incorporating cover crops into their rotation at an increasing rate – mostly to improve soil health and reduce water quality concerns. But can cover crops also provide habitat for birds and other wildlife? Two wildlife experts will help answer this question during an April 25 webinar hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 3:00pm

The Women's Woodland Stewardship Network (WWSN) is partnering with the Iowa DNR and Bur Oak Land Trust to offer a chainsaw class for women that will be led by women instructors. Bur Oak Land Trust will lead the chainsaw education during the day, and WWSN and the DNR will lead an evening learning session about woodland management and tree identification. This is a nice weekend getaway opportunity and a great way to meet other women who care for woodlands!

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

 Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District, will host a wetland and beaver dam water quality workshop on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mahaska County Environmental Learning Center in Oskaloosa.

Farmers and landowners are encouraged to attend this free workshop and to join for a complimentary meal. Iowa Learning Farms is a conservation program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 8:00pm

Learn about CWD management and ecology, network with wildlife managers and other community members and become an ambassador for the scientific management of CWD. The class meets three times on March 12, 19, and 26th from 6-8 PM. Attendence at each class session is expected, though one absence can be arranged. Learn more about the program on this page.

Register here.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

What's this green goo? Get the scoop on harmful algal blooms (HABs) in an upcoming "HABs 101" webinar, hosted by Michigan Sea Grant and partners around the state.

Tune in on March 6, 2024, at 6-7:30 pm ET, to bust some myths, get tips for keeping your family and pets safe, and learn how you can take action to support healthy water quality on your property and in your community. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Iowa Learning Farms, Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation District, and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will host an edge-of-field and forestry workshop on Tuesday, March 5 from 10:30-12:30 p.m. at the Grimes Farm & Conservation Center outside of Marshalltown. The free event is open to farmers and landowners and includes a complimentary meal.

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

The Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference will return to its usual in-person format on March 2, in northwestern Illinois (Freeport) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

To participate in the live virtual field day, shortly before 1:00 pm CT on February 8, click HERE.

Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 986 0833 5082 

Thursday, January 18, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

To participate in the live virtual field day, shortly before 1:00 pm CT on January 18, click HERE.

Or, join from a dial-in phone line:
Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 986 0833 5082 

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This webinar is hosted by Iowa Learning Farms. The speaker is Laura Jackson from the Tall Grass Prairie Center. To join the webinar follow the link below:


Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Madison and Warren County and Conservation Learning Group, will host “Conservation On Tap,” Thursday, November 9 from 6-7 p.m. at Middlebrook Mercantile in Cumming.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cover crops help prevent nitrate loss and protect soil from erosion, but also add work to plant in the fall. What if you could have a cover crop that you only had to plant once? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will examine this topic during a field day, Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Gaesser Farm, 2507 Quince Ave., Corning, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The field day is open to the public.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host this webinar with Jessica Nelson from Iowa State University. To join the webinar, follow this link.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Iowa Learning Farms will host this webinar with Christine Eckles from the Blank Park Zoo. To join the webinar, follow this link.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

The Iowa Tree Farm Program will celebrate the 2023 Iowa Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year during this forestry field day. The event, hosted in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Buchanan County office of ISU Extension and Outreach, will take place on October 10, near the town of Jesup. The site offers exceptional examples of forest mangement to achieve wood, water quality, recreation, and wildlife habitat goals. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Private Well Stewardship Program is an educational program offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. "The Private Well Stewardship Program helps Iowa’s 230,000 private well owners to learn about the responsibilities and risks of being a private well owner and connect them to local experts to manage their well,” said Catherine DeLong, water quality program manager with ISU Extension and Outreach. "Many private well owners in Iowa don't know that there is funding available in every county to help test their well annually.