Botany Beginners: Exploring Iowa’s Native Plants

In partnership with Tallgrass Prairie Center

Dates for webinars in the series include:

  • June 8
  • June 11
  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 1

Have you ever wondered what all those plants growing in the road ditches are? Have you wished you could identify the plants in your prairie strips, pollinator plantings or local nature areas? If you’re curious about what’s growing on your farm, join the Tallgrass Prairie Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa for a native plant identification online course this summer.

This course is designed for anyone who wants to improve their ability to identify native plants of the tallgrass prairie region, with a special focus on common farmland prairie plants. The course will emphasize the process of learning how to identify the plants, and will help attendees become more self-sufficient at plant identification through guided practice.

To learn more about this course, or to register, please visit

Hosts: Laura Jackson | | Facebook

The Presenter:

Laura Jackson has served as director of the Tallgrass Prairie Center at University of Northern Iowa since 2013. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grinnell College, and a doctorate in plant ecology from Cornell University. She has been a UNI biology faculty member since 1993, teaching courses in conservation biology, applied ecology and environmental studies.

Course Schedule:

This class will consist of five sequential webinar-style workshops throughout June and July. All webinars will be held from 6-7 p.m.. Some dates may be subject to change. Register for the course to get the most up-to-date information.

All webinars will be recorded and archived online so attendees can view the material at their convenience – though we recommend that you attend each webinar live so you can ask questions and participate in discussion. This course will also include virtual prairie walks where we will hear from farmers and conservation professionals about what they’re seeing on their farms and how they use plant ID in the real world.

Format: Virtual Field Day (Five-Part Series)

Platform: Zoom

To learn more about this course, or to register, please visit

This material is based on work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number NR196114XXXXG003.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, any reference to specific brands or types of products or services do not constitute or imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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