July Garden Stewardship Series
Across our county park system multiple rain gardens, native plantings, and pollinator gardens serve as excellent examples of the native plants we can use in our parks, cities, and our own backyards to benefit pollinators, wildlife, and local water quality.
Join us for this multi-week event series in our county parks for classroom and field experiences planned to help you learn more about native plants and how to care for them in landscape settings. Each week will focus on different garden plants and needs to give you a variety of educational experiences. As part of these events, you will also learn about Polk County Conservation’s garden stewardship and critical seed harvest programs and how you can get involved!
It is not necessary to attend each weekly event but it is welcomed & encouraged.
Native Plantings 101 + Garden Maintenance
Tuesday, July 13th | 6:00 - 8:30 pm @ Jester Park Classrooms
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us for dinner and a presentation on the benefits of native plants and an introduction to native plant gardens and stewardship programs in our county parks.
7:00 - 7:30 pm
Take a tour around the Jester Park Nature Center to see native plantings, bioretention cells, and our streamscape.
7:30 - 8:30pm
Get hands-on experience at the Jester Park Playscape next to our bison & elk herds as we learn about different native species and work on garden maintenance. While we work we will share information and fun facts about native plants, common weeds, and tips and tricks for native planting & maintenance.
No experience necessary and all equipment provided. Dress for the weather. Wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and work gloves. Bring a water bottle.
Native Plant Education & Maintenance
Tuesday, July 20th | 6:30-8:30 @ Jester Park Playscape
Tuesday, July 26th | 6:30-8:30 @ Jester Park Playscape
Join us at the Jester Park Playscape to learn about native plants in an established and mature garden and gets hands-on experience with garden maintenance. While we work we will share information and fun facts about native plants, common weeds, and tips and tricks for native gardens and maintenance.
REGISTRATION: Required bit.ly/JulGardenSeries
Email Volunteer Coordinators at ConservationVolunteers@polkcountyiowa.gov if you have questions regarding this event.
DEADLINE: Register the day prior to each event.
This event is not currently scheduled.