Advanced Training


Iowa Master Naturalists – Upcoming Advanced Training Opportunities 

**Please double check event pages and/or with contact listed ahead of time, in case of any schedule changes or cancellations.**

*Idea: You may be able to get involved in a volunteer capacity for some events. Consider contacting the organization to ask if they need any help.*

 

JANUARY

Mon Jan 6, 5:00 pm. Just for fun! This is not a training opportunity, but it is a chance to join with your like-minded IMN peers at the annual Iowa Master Naturalists Winter Party. Indian Creek Nature Center. 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. In past years, it has been a potluck. Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, if you have questions, see the Iowa Master Naturalists Facebook page or email info@iowamasternaturalists.org.

Sun Jan 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.Native Plants: The Building Blocks for a Healthy Planet.Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.  Pollinators in peril, insect apocalypse, birds on the decline … there’s a lot of tough environmental news these days, but there are so many empowering ways to take action. One of the best ways to make an impact is to plant native plants wherever you can. In this presentation, learn why native plants are vital, how to get started in native plant gardening, and where to get plants. This free program is hosted by Project GREEN; no registration is necessary.

Mon Jan 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Owl Hike. Wickiup Hill Learning Center.10260 Morris Hills Rd., Toddville, IA 52341 “Whooooo cooks for you – whooooo cooks for you all?” While we may not answer the barred owls question this evening, we hope to answer some of yours about these local residents. Participants will spend the first part of the class indoors learning about owls, after that, Naturalist and expert owl caller Chuck will lead us on a moonlit hike and owl-calling escapade. People frequently are surprised to learn that owls will be sitting on eggs or hatching owlets soon. Cost is $2.50/ adult, $1/child 16 and under, or $ 5 per family. Online registration required: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Linn/Park/Wickiup-Hill-Learning-Center/Events/14173/Owl-Hike.aspx

 

FEBRUARY

Sun Feb 9, 2:00PM Herpetologist Jeff Tamplin will be giving a talk on Wood Turtles a Threatened Speciesas part of Hartman Reserve’s Second Sunday Programing.  For more info go tohttps://www.hartmanreserve.org/second-sunday-speaker-series.html

Sun Feb 9 8:00 AM  Iowa City Bird Club trip to the Quad Cities to look for waterfowl.  Meet at at the Hyvee parking lot, 1125 N Dodge St. Iowa City.  Group will stop at locks, dams, and riverside parks (and Fairmont cemetery to look for winter finches). They will stop for a group lunch at a local restaurant. Return mid-afternoon. Dress for cold and bring binos (and a spotting scope if you have one).  Field trip leader is Chris Caster, but field trip coordinator is Linda Quinn quinnhenry@msn.com 319 330 3328 and she can give you more info.

Sun, Feb 9, 1:00-3:30 p.m. Say YES to Foraging in Winter! Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park Take a walk with a Johnson County Conservation (JCC) naturalist and learn about some of the foods and medicines that can be foraged in winter! This program is mostly outdoors and features a walk over uneven terrain.

Mon Feb 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Almost Full Moon Owl Prowl With Calls. Wickiup Hill Learning Center.10260 Morris Hills Rd., Toddville, IA 52341. Learn about owls in Iowa from the warmth of the classroom as we build owl calls. We will then head out onto the trails to talk to the owls and attempt to call one in. The hike will timed right to view the full moon. The owl calls you make will be yours to keep. Cost is $5/adult, $2/child 16 and under, or $10/family with one call. Additional calls can be made for $5 each. Online registration required so we have enough calls prepared. https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Linn/Park/Wickiup-Hill-Learning-Center/Events/14175/Almost-Full-Moon-Owl-Prowl-with-Calls.aspx

Sat Feb 22 8:00AM Bird Walk with Iowa City Bird Club.  Group will meet at the main parking area ( near the permanent restrooms) and then drive to the Raptor Center and the bird blind there.  Target species are purple finches, pine siskins, brown creepers, woodpeckers and more. Leaders are Deb and Mark Rolfes, but field trip coordinator is Linda Quinn quinnhenry@msn.com 319 330 3328 and she can give you more info

Fri Feb 28, 9:30 – 10:30 AM. All About Iowa Animals. Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Join a Naturalist to learn all about mammals that call Iowa home. We’ll have amazing furs and mounts on display for you to get close to, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the live reptiles and amphibians that live at Indian Creek Nature Center. This class will be held inside and is designed for our friends who are 55 years of age and up, those with mobility concerns that prevent them from being regularly active or outdoors and their guests! Coffee and tea will be provided.Contact: naturecenter@indiancreeknaturecenter.org. Cost: $5.00 per Participant.

 

Sat Feb 29, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Woodworking for Wildlife: Solitary Bee Hotels. Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park

Fee: $15. Did you know there are around 400 different species of solitary bees in Iowa? Come learn all about them, AND learn how to build and maintain an observation bee hotel! We ask everyone who builds a house for themselves, to donate their time to build a second house that will be hung up in one of JCC’s properties. To register, email fowen@co.johnson.ia.us. A big thanks to Lowes in Coralville for supplying a 50% discount on the hardware!

 

MARCH

Tues. Mar 3, 6:30 p.m. Prairie Preview XXXVII. Clarion Highlander, 2525 N. Dodge St., Iowa City Johnson County Conservation (JCC) will join other local conservation groups for a gathering of environmental displays at this free annual event hosted by Bur Oak Land Trust. This year’s keynote speaker is Sarah Nizzi from the Xerces Society, the leading organization in invertebrate conservation. For more information or to become an event sponsor, contact: 319- 338-7030 or info@buroaklandtrust.org.

Sat. Mar. 14, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Winter Tree ID. Conservation Education Center, F.W. Kent Park Leafless trees might seem impossible to ID, but there are still many ways to set them apart. Participants will learn advanced tree ID skills such as bud, twig, and bark ID, as well as natural history snippets about many of Iowa’s trees. This program will primarily be outdoors, hiking both on and off trail. This class is designed for adults. To register, email kmorrow@co.johnson.ia.us.

Tues, Mar 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Cats of America: Ancient History and Modern Conservation. Wickiup Hill Learning Center.10260 Morris Hills Rd., Toddville, IA 52341. William R. Clark, Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Ecology at Iowa State University will provide a talk which starts with a brief overview of the evolution of cats including paleological history of sabertooth cats and cheetahs that once roamed North America. The talk transitions to the modern cats including endangered species like ocelots, and common species like bobcats. We will discuss pumas that occasionally show up in Iowa as well as conservation challenges such as habitat loss, climate change, conflicts and hunting. Participants will find there are lots of great pictures and appropriate scientific information, skulls and skins. A question and answer session follows. No cost, but online registration required:https://www.mycountyparks.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/County/Linn/Park/Wickiup-Hill-Learning-Center/Events/14184/The-Cats-of-America-Ancient-History-and-Modern-Conservation/Register.aspx&qs=true

Sat, Mar 21, 7:30 pm. Public Presentation of Cedar Amateur Astronomers (CAA). The observatory is located on the southern edge of Palisades State Park at 1365 Ivanhoe Road. The facility is approximately 15 miles southeast of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Public observing events are held in the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Observatory and Preserve.The CAA hosts at least 12 Saturday Public Observing events featuring a guest speaker that is followed—weather permitting—by celestial viewings through telescopes at the facility. During viewing hours, society members will be available to answer questions and provide everyone with an opportunity to look through the Society’s telescopes and those of our members.The observatory is only open for scheduled Public Events. Website:https://www.cedar-astronomers.org/pal-dows-observatory. Leave inquiries at inquiries@Cedar-Astronomers.org.

Sat, Mar 28. Save the date. Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens. Reiman Gardens, 1407 S University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011. If you are unfamiliar with DOI, the day is filled with 15 presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts covering a range of insect related topics. From young beginners to seasoned veterans, Day of Insects (DOI) has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects. Just like previous DOI’s there will be an opening reception on March 27th, the evening before DOI. Come be casual, get to know other insect enthusiasts, there’s more of us than you think. Anyone attending DOI can sign up to attend. More information on the reception will be released with the rest of the DOI information. Registration and presenter details will be announced at a later date. DOI can be found online at http://reimangardens.com/collections/insects/day-of-insects/information  and the speaker schedule will be updated.

 

APRIL

Sat, Apr 25, 8:00 pm. Public Presentation of Cedar Amateur Astronomers (CAA). The observatory is located on the southern edge of Palisades State Park at 1365 Ivanhoe Road. The facility is approximately 15 miles southeast of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Public observing events are held in the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Observatory and Preserve.The CAA hosts at least 12 Saturday Public Observing events featuring a guest speaker that is followed—weather permitting—by celestial viewings through telescopes at the facility. During viewing hours, society members will be available to answer questions and provide everyone with an opportunity to look through the Society’s telescopes and those of our members.The observatory is only open for scheduled Public Events. Website:https://www.cedar-astronomers.org/pal-dows-observatory. Leave inquiries at inquiries@Cedar-Astronomers.org.