Golden Hills worked with Dr. Tom Rosburg of Drake University and Chris Benda with Southern Illinois University to host online classes in early 2021 about identification of native plant species. We also worked with Dr. Rosburg on classes in 2022, and are planning more for 2023. We will also have a class with Dr. Cynthia Lane. Recordings and other resources from previous classes are below.
All sessions are Thursdays at 7pm and will last about an hour. Each class is $10 and pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive the Zoom link on the day of the event. Please note that classes are recorded and posted online afterwards. The class fee is for the live event with Q&A, and registration includes the class handout/slides.
The following classes are scheduled for 2022. All will be on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm. Each class has a $10 registration (+Eventbright registration fees) and pre-registration is required. Registration for each event closes at midnight the day before, or when registration is full. Registered participants will receive Zoom information on the day of the event via email. All programs will be recorded and posted for viewing afterwards at no cost (fees cover the live program & class handout). Questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 3 - Plant Family Identification
February 10 - Common Fabaceae (pea family) Identification
February 24 - Plant Evolution & Diversity
March 3 - Salix (willow) Identification
March 10 - Designing Seed Mixes
March 24 - Common Rosaceae (rose) Identification
March 31 - Cirsium (thistle) Identification
April 7 - Weeds & Invasive Species Identification
Plant Family Identification Thursday, February 3 7:00-8:00pm Sight recognition of plant families is the first step to identifying a plant. There are over 125 plant families represented in the Iowa flora. This class will help you learn to identify half of them.
Common Fabaceae Identification Thursday, February 10 7:00-8:00pm Learn how to identify some of the common native Fabaceae (legume/pea) species.
Plant Evolution & Diversity Thursday, February 24 7:00-8:00pm The evolutionary story of the Plant Kingdom and its diversity will be featured. We will also touch on nomenclature and the history of plants in Iowa. $10 fee and pre-registration required.
Salix (Willow) Identification Thursday, March 3 7:00-8:00pm Learn how to identify some of the commonnative Salix (willow) species.
Designing Seed Mixes Thursday, March 10 7:00-8:00pm The most crucial step in reconstruction is designing a seed mix. This class address several important principles in how to get it right.
Common Rosaceae Identification Thursday, March 24 7:00-8:00pm Learn how to identify some of the common native Rosaceae (rose) species.
Cirsium (Thistle) Identification Thursday, March 31 7:00-8:00pm Learn how to identify some of the commonnative & non-native Cirsium (thistle) species.
Common Weeds & Invasive Species of Iowa Thursday, April 7 7:00-8:00pm Learn how to identify some of the common invasive species and weeds found in the Midwest.
2021 Class Recordings & Resources
Coefficient of Conservatism Monday, March 29 7:00-8:00pm CST Learn about plant conservatism and its use in evaluating the quality of plant communities. Moreover, see how to obtain a professional evaluation of the conservation value of ecosystems.