Helpers

Ordinances

Most county and city ordinances allow a wide variety of gardening and habitat creation efforts. This document shows a researched list of ordinances for Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, and Johnson County: View the Ordinances Document

Gardening and Conservation Organizations

These organizations can help find answers to your gardening and landscaping questions.

Master Gardeners  Johnson County Master Gardeners

These horticulture experts will help you find in-depth research on lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, and gardens.

Call the HortLine for answers to your horticulture questions: 319-337-2145 (Mon., Wed., Fri., 9:00 am - 11:00 am)

Good Neighbor  Good Neighbor

Demonstrate your commitment to a pesticide-free yard with a sign. We provide these free signs at many of our events.

 Beekeepers East Central Iowa Beekeepers Association Bees are great pollinators and can increase your garden's yield. The Beekeepers can help you learn how to attract bees and how to care for a hive.
  Iowa City Bird Club Birds are beautiful and can help maintain a balance of harmful insects in your garden. The Bird Club demonstrates how to attract, enjoy, and study birds in your landscape.
 Conservation Department Johnson County Conservation Department The Conservation Department can help you find information about managing native plants, natural water areas, and wildlife in your landscape.
 Soil and Water Conservation District Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Conservation District's Urban Conservationist can help your landscape improve our water quality through the implementation of rain gardens and native plant choices.
 Native Plant Society Iowa Native Plant Society Learn from other native plant enthusiasts about the promotion and care of Iowa's native plants.
 Master Conservationists Iowa Master Conservationist Program Become a Master Conservationist and learn the information necessary to make informed decisions about your natural resources.
 Rainscaping Rainscaping Iowa Learn the many ways to conserve and manage rainwater in your landscape.

Local Environmental Organizations

Are you looking for a group of like-minded fire souls who are working to improve the health of our local environment? 

Center on Sustainable Communties Center on Sustainable Communities Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) is Iowa's trusted educational resource for sustainable building. As the recognized leader in providing education and connecting resources, COSC empowers individuals and communities to make everyday decisions that promote sustainability, resulting in higher standards of living.
Environmental Advocates  Envrionmental Advocates
Environmental Advocates provides funds for local environmental initiatives and promotes creative solutions to environmental problems.
 Friends of Hickory Hill Friends of Hickory Hill Park The Friends promote conservation and preservation of native plants through volunteer and educational events in the beautiful Iowa City park.
IVRCD Iowa Valley RC&D USDA Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) is a unique program that helps people protect and develop their economic, natural, and social resources in ways that improve their area's economy, environment, and quality of life. The Iowa Valley RC&D provides ways for Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Poweshiek, and Tama county residents to plan and implement projects that will make their communities better places to live.
 Heritage Trust Johnson County Heritage Trust
Help preserve natural areas in Johnson County.
 Field to Family Field to Family
Field to Family works to create vibrant local food systems and thriving communities by connecting farmers to the people and businesses that want to buy fresh, local food.
 Project Green Project Green
These knowledgeable and active residents work to enhance and beautify public green spaces in Iowa City.
 Sierra Club Sierra Club of Iowa City The Sierra Club promotes and supports local environmental initiatives.
Taproot Taproot Nature Experience Taproot Nature Experience strengthens the innate bond between people and nature and creates a vibrant community of families and individuals by offering a wide variety of sustainability and environmental educational experiences.
 ESW U of I Engineers for a Sustainable World The UIESW works to reduce poverty by improving environmental, social, and economci sustainability.
  U of I Environmental Coalition The passionate students of the UIEC care for our environment through activism, education, and enjoyment. They cultivate productive and vibrant student gardens that provide organic produce to University of Iowa students.
 University of Iowa U of I Office of Sustainability The Office of Sustainability coordinates and develops programs to promote sustainability and resource conservation. Their initiatives include students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.