The Iowa Native Plant Society (INPS) is promoting the third annual Iowa Wildflower Week (IWW) May 6-12 to encourage Iowans to connect with the native flora.
There are many opportunities daily for Iowans to enjoy our wildflowers and learn about native plants and our natural areas.
Besides its people, the State of Iowa is celebrated as one of our county's most beautiful states with its wide array of greens and flora and fauna, plus its scenic winter landscapes and nature-filled rural areas.
IWW activities are similar to events in other states that also celebrate wildflower weeks. Events are located in many parts of the state, but the list below shows local activities that are free and the public is encouraged to attend.
*May 6 -- 2 p.m. - Flowers at Fowler's (Fowler Forest) 1⁄2 mile west of Smithland -- Woodbury County Conservation Board -- 712-258-0838
*May 7 -- 6:30 p.m. - Green Fire film showing at the Wilbur Aalfs Library in Sioux City -- Briar Cliff University Center for Prairie Studies -- 712-279-5495
*May 8 -- 6:30 p.m. - Green Fire film showing at Onawa Public Library in Onawa -- Briar Cliff University Center for Prairie Studies -- 712-279-5495
*May 8 -- 6:30 p.m. - Wildflower Walk at Carolyn Benne Trail in Stone State Park in Sioux City -- Northwest Iowa Sierra Club and Friends of Stone Park -- 712-255-3447
*May 11 -- 5:45 p.m. - Prairie Heritage Center near Peterson trip to Steele Prairie near Larabee (or meet at Steele Prairie at 6:15pm) -- O'Brien County Conservation Board -- 712-295-7200
*May 12 -- 1 p.m. -Wildflower Walk at Oak Grove State Park near Hawarden -- Sioux County Conservation Board (pre-registration appreciated) -- 712-552-3057
Visit the INPS website at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~herbarium... for more information about each event.