Upcoming Events

Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday March 21, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us weekly this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Best for children five and under with an adult.
No preregistration required.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for the General Public

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Gardening & Insects
Spring Pruning Workshop

DATE CHANGE:

Thursday, March 21, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Join Sarah Rummery, Reiman Gardens’ Manager of Horticultural Operations, and Sharon Rink, Reiman Gardens’ Horticulturist, for an informative and hands-on workshop designed to familiarize you with all the W’s of early spring pruning, including fruit trees! Learn what, when, where, how, and why to prune, and put your knowledge to practice outside in the Gardens!
Please bring a pair of gardening gloves (preferably leather), and dress to work outdoors! Registration with pre-payment is required by Tuesday, March 19.

$14 Members
$17.50 General Public
$11.90 ISU Students

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Youth & Family
Masters of Mimicry Spring Break Program

Friday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What is camouflage and mimicry, and how do plants and animals use them in the wild? Join us for a drop-in program to learn how insects, animals, and even plants use mimicry and adaption in order to survive! Take part in hands on activities and conversation to understand the mystery of mimicry.
Meant for youth aged K-3rd grade with an adult. Preregistration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome at any time.

FREE for Members, ISU Students
$4.50 General Public Youth (admission)
$9 General Public Adults (admission)

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, March 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us weekly this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Best for children five and under with an adult.
No preregistration required.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for the General Public

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Gardening & Insects
Day of Insects Reception

Friday, March 29, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Again this year for individuals that are in town early the night before our annual Day of Insects (DOI), we will have an opening reception. Come be casual, enjoy dinner, get to know other insect enthusiasts - there’s more of us than you think! Anyone attending DOI can sign up to attend the reception and there will be some slots made available for individuals unable to attend DOI so they can participate as well.
Please register by March 21 for catering purposes.

$17 per person

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Gardening & Insects
Day of Insects: Friday Workshop 1 – What to do with photos and specimens

Friday, March 29, 12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Join insect documentarian Jim Durbin for a discussion of his method of curating specimens and cataloguing photos.  For more information about Jim, check out https://www.insectsofiowa.org.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

$10 per person

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Gardening & Insects
Registration full.
Day of Insects: Friday Workshop 2 – Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training

Friday, March 29, 12:45 - 3:20 p.m.

Take an active role in conservation as a citizen scientist through the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN), with this training from Reiman Gardens' entomology staff. Learn survey techniques specifically developed for butterflies so you can help monitor butterfly populations, and provide valuable data to identify potential threats, show effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts, and give an annual snapshot of the health of all butterfly populations in Iowa.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

FREE for participants

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Gardening & Insects
Registration full.
Day of Insects: Friday Workshop 3 – Identification of Moths

Friday, March 29, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Join entomologist Moni Hayne and insect documentarian Jim Durbin to learn about using the Moth Identification program with specific body and wing shapes to identify family of lepidoptera specimens. For more information about Moni, check out https://bugguide.net/user/view/26379. For more information about Jim, check out https://www.insectsofiowa.org.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

$10 per person

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Gardening & Insects
Day of Insects

Saturday, March 30, 8:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Celebrate the annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens. Enjoy a day filled with presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts. From beginners to seasoned veterans, Day of Insects has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects.

On the day of the event, doors will open at 8:00 a.m. with presentations starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:20 p.m. Lunch is from 12:20-1:20 p.m. A menu is located within the registration and snacks will be available during breaks.  Optional workshops and a reception will also be held.

Preregistration and prepayment are required - please register by March 24 for catering purposes.

$25 Registration (with lunch)
$19 Registration (NO lunch)

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Photography
Better Flower Photography

4-week program on Mondays beginning April 1, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

When you capture an image of a flower, all too often the results can be disappointing. It’s easy to end up with a lackluster snapshot with little artistic merit. How can you avoid that from happening? Join award-winning fine art nature photographer Mark Stoltenberg as he finally teaches the long requested class that focuses on specifically taking better flower images. By putting exposure, light, composition, depth of field and perspective together, this class aims to improve your flower photos and increase your chances of capturing the occasional masterpiece.
You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera, and sturdy tripod. Beginner photography or instructor permission is the prerequisite for this class. Registration with prepayment is required by Sunday, March 31.

$90 Members
$112.50 General Public
$76.50 Students

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