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.*


Wed, Sept, 4, 8:00 a.m-10:00AM, Kent Park Bird Walk with Rick Hollis Meet at the Kent Park Conservation Education Center. Bring binoculars

 Fri, Sept 20, 9am-3pm What Has Wondered Into Backbone – Oriental Bittersweet (Backbone State Park)
This series was created to help landowners learn and cope with the threat of invasive species, which are hurting the health of our native ecosystem and woodlands. This includes lessons on plant identification and techniques on invasive species removal. This workshop will have a special focus on Oriental bittersweet. $10, info and registration here.

Tue, Sep 17, 4:00PM-7:00 PM Program on Establishing Pollinator Habitat at Scattergood Friends Farml 258 290th St. West Branch 52358Come learn from Scattergood’s Mark Quee, and Xerces Society Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist Sarah Foltz Jordan, about the why, when, where and how of pollinator habitat design and installation. Register by Sept 13.  ClickHEREto register or for more info.

Wed, Sept, 18, 8:00 a.m.-10:00a.m., Kent Park Bird Walk with Rick Hollis Meet at the Kent Park Conservation Education Center.  Bring binoculars.

Sun, Sept 29, 9:00AM-1:00PM (you can come and go as you please)  Hawk Watch at Stainbrook Preserve,located along Mehaffey Bridge Road just north of Sugar Bottom Recreation Area. For Map. click HERE. Join the Iowa City Bird Club on the hill to watch for migrating raptors including Broad-winged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, and Red-tailed Hawk.  Bring a lawn chair and binoculars.

Sun, Sept 29, 2:00-4:15, Linn County Landowner Forum at the Monarch Research Center Event Center, Marion Ia.  Dr. Doug Tallamy author of Bringing Nature Home will offer a guide to restoring “the little things that run the world”. Cost is $12/ticket, and ticket purchases are not refundable More info here


 Tue Oct 15 5:30 PM-7:00 PMJoin a Wickiup Hill naturalist on a hike to explore the flora and fauna of the autumn woods.  Cost for the event is $2.50 / adult, $1 for children 16 and under or $5 per family. For more information, or to register click HERE

 Sat, Oct 27 3:00PM-7:00 PMCreating a Buzz Field Day Walker Homestead Farm and Winery, 3867 James Ave SW Iowa City. This Trees Forever program covers topics such asHow to establish native species, Native plant ID, Weed ID, Long-term maintenance.  Group will tour prairie planting at different stages of maturation. More Info Here  Questions? Contact Emily Swihart, 563-260-1000.