Classes and Presentations
May3

Gardens for Reducing Stress and Improving Mood

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Grow a healing space with plants that awaken the senses and uplift your spirits.

Come meet some therapeutic plants to include in your garden that will entice you to come out and play with them. 

Location

The class is held in the Edible Classroom at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.  

Registration

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The fee for the class is $12.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 20 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

May3

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

May6

Establish a Monarch Garden

Saturday, May 06, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wetherby Park Edible Forest | directions

Monarch populations are in jeopardy. Support your winged friends by joining the community to establish a large monarch garden at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest.

You will learn how to properly establish plants that attract monarchs and create habitat for them.

Location

The class is held at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest, 2400 Taylor Drive, Iowa City. 

Registration

There is no fee for this class and registration is optional.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website. 

What to Bring

Girls wateringPlease wear standard gardening attire such as boots, jeans and gloves. If available, please also bring trowels, shovels and steel rakes labeled with your name.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyIowa Department of AgricultureNew PioneerPrairie Moon NurseryPrairie Nursery

May13

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Saturday, May 13, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Join amazing instructors in hands-on foraging of edible and medicinal goods from urban landscapes. At this Edible Outdoors class you will learn about edibles that are in our area and explore options of preservation.

The focus of the class will be the mighty dandelion. Learn all the ways we can utilize this incredible plant and make a tincture to bring home.

Instructors: Mandy Dickerson and Pete Flynn.

Location

The class is held at the beautiful Gaia's Peace Garden in Iowa City.

Registration

Class fee: $20. Register for the event

Please register soon: the class is limited to 20 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Full scholarships are available. Contact us to learn more and apply.

What to Bring

Please wear standard outdoor attire that allows you to get a little dirty.

Instructor

Mandy Dickerson is an Iowa City herbalist and yoga student-teacher. She leads outdoor classes and herb identification walks, teaching folks of all ages how to safely and sustainably work with herbs in food and medicine making. Her company Moon in June Herbs propagates herbs and other seedlings, and also crafts small batch herbal products. Mandy has a background and degrees in anthropology, with research areas in health horticulture and spiritual philosophy.

Edible Outdoors

Edible OutdoorsEdible Outdoors is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors. We explore the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Our mission is to connect people to people, land and our resources in a way that benefits nature.

Learn about all Edible Outdoors events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationNew PioneerCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyDepartment of Natural ResorucesEarthview Environmental

May20

Create a Fairy or Gnome Garden

Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Build and take home your own fairy garden, house and fairy/gnome. You can also help plant the fairy garden in the Edible Classroom.

Materials, plants and containers are provided.

Open to all ages. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Taught by Jen Kardos with Backyard Abundance. 

Location

Recreation Center Edible Classroom Plants

The class is held in the Edible Classroom at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.  

Registration

The fee for the class is $15.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Please register soon: the class is limited to 15 people and is likely to fill up fast.

What to Bring

Fairy GardenPlease wear clothes that can get a little dirty.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Recreation Center Edible Classroom StudentsThank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureACE Mentor ProgramUniversity of Iowa Community Credit UnionBeisser LumberField to FamilyHy-VeeHills BankKing's MaterialNew Pioneer

Jun3

Tour a Monarch Garden

Saturday, June 03, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wetherby Park Edible Forest | directions

Tour a newly established monarch garden at Wetherby Park Edible Forest and learn how it was designed and established so you can create monarch habitat in your own landscape.

Location

The tour is held at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest, 2400 Taylor Drive, Iowa City.

Registration

There is no fee for this class and registration is optional.

Register at the Parks and Recreation website.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyIowa Department of AgricultureNew PioneerPrairie Moon NurseryPrairie Nursery

Jun7

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Jun10

Mushroom Foray and Campfire Chef Demo

Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Lake MacBride State Park | directions

Join us for the quintessential fresh, local and seasonal experience: Edible Outdoors Mushroom Foray and Chef Demonstration.

We will present a short program detailing mushroom hunting and identifying tips. Favorite mushroom books will be discussed, and edible mushrooms will be listed. Then we head into the woods.

Foraging in Small Groups

We will split into smaller groups, each lead by a Prairie States Mushroom Club member. We will meet back at the trailhead to discuss our fungal finds. Scientific names will be assigned to all fungi that we can identify. Edible and poisonous mushrooms will be compared as some look quite similar to each other.

Cooking Demo

After our discussion, we will learn some great mushroom cooking techniques from esteemed Chef David of the Motley Cow. Tastes to follow the demonstration!

Instructors

Our foray instructors are from the Prairie States Mushroom Club (PSMC). PSMC promotes scientific and educational activities related to fungi and fosters the appreciation of wild and cultivated mushrooms. PSMC advocates the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorses responsible mushroom collecting that preserves natural areas and their biologic diversity. 

Chef David Wieseneck of the Motley Cow Cafe in Iowa City will share some tips and treats from the forest. The Motley Cow believes in fresh, local and seasonal foods. 

Location

The class is held at Lake MacBride State Park.

Drive past the entrance sign then turn right into the first parking lot. 

Registration

Class fee: $20. Register for the event

Please register soon: the class is limited to 20 people and is likely to fill up fast.

Full scholarships are available. Contact us to learn more and apply.

What to Bring

Please wear standard outdoor attire that allows you to get a little dirty. 

Edible Outdoors

Edible OutdoorsEdible Outdoors is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors. We explore the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Our mission is to connect people to people, land and our resources in a way that benefits nature.

Learn about all Edible Outdoors events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners. Please frequent their stores, services and websites.

Iowa City Parks and RecreationNew PioneerCommunity Foundation of Johnson CountyDepartment of Natural ResorucesEarthview Environmental

Jun25

Project Green Garden Tour

Sunday, June 25, 2017
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Iowa City Locations | directions

Several lovely gardens will be featured. Check the website for a map of the tour: www.projectgreen.org/gardentour.htm

Jul5

Gardening with Spirit

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Gaia's Peace Garden | directions

Connect with the spiritual side of nature through playful gatherings the first Wednesday of each month.

Most everyone has experienced a divine presence in nature. Deepen these spiritual experiences through hands-on gardening and in-depth discussions in our shared outdoor cathedral.

Together we will explore many topics and questions…

  • How can natural settings increase the benefits of prayer, journeying, ritual, and meditation?
  • What are effective responses to the Pope's Eco-Encyclical, an urgent call for personal actions that mitigate climate change?
  • What is the human role in nature?
  • How can we collaborate with unseen beings to become a beneficial, healing element in ecosystem health?
  • <Insert your big spiritual question here>

The gatherings are open to any spiritual practice, but an inquisitive mind and compassionate heart are required.

Fee

You have several payment options:

Time

A short grounding ritual begins promptly at 6:30 pm. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to get settled before the grounding begins.

The gatherings officially end at 8:00 pm, but the fluid and exploratory nature of each event may allow for people to stay well beyond this time for chatting and supplementary activities.

Topics

Unlike formal classes, our gatherings depend mostly on the collective wisdom of the group. Experienced participants will be available at every session, but they will encourage their knowledge to be augmented by everyone.

Apr 5: Seed Swap

Bring seeds that make your heart sing and spread their goodness to other gardens.

May 3: Vegetable Gardening

Lots of information exists about planting gardens according to the physical needs of plants, but what about a plant's spiritual needs? Together we will explore ways to understand where a vegetable or herb would like to be planted using its internal messages.

Jun 7: Fruit Tree Companion Planting

Everyone needs friends, including fruit trees. Ecological designer, Fred Meyer, will describe ways to give fruit trees allies that will improve yields and reduce pests.

Jul 5: Fairy Gardening

Learn creative ways to invite fairies, gnomes and other spiritual beings into your landscape.

Aug 2: Midwest Native Plants

Learn about common native plants, their benefits and how to establish them in your landscape.

Sep 6: Herbal Remedies

Bring your favorite herbal remedies to share with the group. Samples are welcome!

Oct 4: Monarch Gardening

You've planted plenty of milkweed so where are the monarchs? Bring your favorite ideas for attracting our fluttering friends and establishing monarch gardens in your landscape.

Nov 1: Plant Communication

Bring ideas for ways to form heartfelt, mutualistic relationships with our plant friends.

Growing Hope Event Series

This event helps people learn how to cultivate food, habitat and healing in the garden.

Learn about a wide variety of other family-friendly Growing Hope events.

Jul17

Summer Camp: Pollinator Garden

Monday, July 17, 2017
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center | directions

Iowa City Parks and Recreation offers summer camps to children of all ages.

Pollinator Garden

At the camp, Mike Fallon with Backyard Abundance, hosts a "Grow a Pollinator Garden" activity.

During this fun, engaging activity, children learn how to create a pollinator garden of native plants. All participants go home with a free bag of materials for starting a small garden in their landscape.

Location

The activity happens in the new Edible Classroom on the south side of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.

Registration

Learn more about registering for summer camps

Sponsors

The event is funded by the Rockwell Collins Green Communities program and the Iowa Native Plant Society.

Jul29

Smoothie and Harvest Party

Saturday, July 29, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wetherby Park Edible Forest | directions

Bring family and friends for free smoothies made with fruit harvested from the Wetherby Edible Forest.

New Pioneer Food Co-op is donating ingredients for anything that is not harvested from the edible forest.

Edible Forest Tours

What is an “edible forest” and how can its design help you create a lower-maintenance landscape that provides food, beauty and habitat?

Tours of the Wetherby Edible Forest will be given where you will see elegant, nature-inspired design firsthand. You will come away with an understanding of how to arrange plants in a landscape of any size to maximize yields and space.

These plants and many more will be discussed:

  • Trees: Pear, apple, plum, cherry, peach, pawpaw
  • Shrubs: Bush cherry, aronia berry, gooseberry, hazelnut, honeyberry, elderberry
  • Herbs: Rhubarb, thyme, oregano, chamomile, chives, dandelion, plantain, French sorrel, self-heal, yarrow, comfrey, walking onion, anise hyssop, lovage (all ready to harvest!)

Handouts of the Wetherby Edible Forest design and plant list will be provided. View the design.

Food Forest TourFree Cherries and Aronia Berries

Bring bowls to harvest loads of aronia berries and bush cherries. Donate them to the smoothie-making cause or take them home for future munching.

Rhubarb, walking onions, chives, oregano, thyme, loveage, sorrel and other herbs are also free for harvest.

Worm Compost and Compost Tea

A worm composting bin will be on hand and you can take home some worms to start your own bin. We will also demonstrate how to make compost tea.

Splash Pad!

Bring the kids and enjoy the nearby Splash Pad of 15 crazy-fun water sprays.

What to Bring

Optional items to bring...

  • Reusable cup for sampling smoothies.
  • Buckets, bowls, or bags for harvested berries and herbs.
  • Friends and family.

Regenerative Landscapes

This event helps people learn how to create low-maintenance landscapes that contribute to our quality of life while enhancing our local ecosystems.

Learn about other regenerative landscape events.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and partners.
.Iowa City Parks and RecreationIowa Department of AgricultureNew Pioneer