Advanced Training

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

We sometimes add events mid-month. To link to a rolling google document with the most complete list of events, click here

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

Sat, Oct 6, 8:30am-4pm Trees Forever Backyard Forest Conference (Johnson County ISU Extension Office – Iowa City)
As invasive species crowd out vital native plants, it’s more important than ever to manage your backyard forest. Join the experts to learn about how you can improve native habitat in your woodland. Learn land management techniques, become an advocate for healthy forests, and polish your skills to be a better environmental steward of the land. Participants will take part in a two hour walk in the woods with a forester to learn about forest health and history. Following the walk, those in attendance will be able to attend four, 45 minute sessions presented by local forestry and conservation experts. Cost $15, includes lunch and materials. Register by Oct 1. More info and registration here.

Sat, Oct 6, 10am-Noon Prairie States Mushroom Club Foray (Eden Valley Park, Clinton County) This will be the site of the PSMC annual meeting, conducted after the foray. Club members should make every effort to attend the foray/meeting. More info here.

Sun, Oct 7, 1pm-2pm Meet Vesta the Fox (Indian Creek Nature Center)
A little over a year ago a baby fox with a second chance at life was rescued by Linn County wildlife rehabilitator Amber Oldfield. Vesta and Amber will join us for an open-house style program. Learn about one-year-old Vesta’s story, as well as other animals native to Iowa, and about being a wildlife rehabilitator. Free. More info here.

Thurs-Fri, Oct 11-12 Iowa Trails Summit (Panora)Join Trees Forever, INHF, Golden Hills RCD, and the Iowa DOT for the Iowa Trails Summit. The event will start Thursday evening with an optional gathering and end Friday with a workshop program. Regional trail experts will dig into topics such as corridor acquisition and easements, engineering and construction, maintenance, grants and funding, marketing and promotion, trail amenities and volunteer retention. There will be something for trails in all phases of development. More info and registration here. Contact: Emily Swihart at 563-260-1000.

Fri, Oct 12, 8-10pm Van Allen Observatories Public Observing (Van Allen Hall, Iowa City) Join us for our third public observing event! We’ll be looking at Mars, the Pegasus Cluster (M15), the Pleiades and more! Fb event here.

Sat, Oct 20, 7:30pm Cedar Astronomers Public Event (Pal-Dows Observatory – Ely) International Observe the Moon Night. Topic: “Earth’s Moon” – Mr. Doug Slauson, Cedar Amateur Astronomers. More info here.

Fri, Oct 26, 8-10pm Van Allen Observatories Public Observing (Van Allen Hall, Iowa City) Join us for our fourth observing night of the school year! We’ll be looking at the Great Hercules Cluster (M13), the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Moon! Fb event here.


Sat, Nov 3, 7:30pm Cedar Astronomers Public Event (Pal-Dows Observatory – Ely) Topic TBD. More info here.

Sun, Nov 4, 3-3:30pm Iowa’s Native Bees (F.W. Kent Park) When we think of bees, we forget that thousands of species exist, and 400 of them live in Iowa. In this program, we’ll learn more about these cool creatures and how to create backyard habitat for them. Participants will get native wildflower seed to take home and will make artificial habitats for native bees. Registration is required by Oct 29; to register, email More info here.

Fri, Nov 9, 8-10pm Van Allen Observatories Public Observing (Van Allen Hall, Iowa City) Join us for our fifth and final observing night of the semester! We will be looking at Uranus, the Pinwheel Cluster, and other deep space objects! Fb event here.