Seminar coming to Perry could be canceled

Stephanie Ivankovich

A seminar about wildlife could be extinct due to lack of participation.

The Going Native: Iowa Prairies Seminar, slated to be held Sept. 19 at the Carnegie Library Museum, could be canceled because not enough people have signed up for the event.

Laura Stebbins, an organizer of the event and Carnegie Library Museum volunteer, said the $25 event will have something to offer farmers, gardeners and anyone interested in protecting the soil, weed and erosion control, or supporting the monarchs.

“People will learn not only how to use famed Jens Jensen’s landscape architect techniques to bring the beauty of Iowa into their yards, but also how to establish prairies,” Stebbins said. The seminars will be delivered by experts in their field: ISU lecturer in landscape architecture and design fellow for the ISU Community Design Lab, Chad Hunter; ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist, Meaghan Anderson; Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project Coordinator, Anna MacDonald; Roadside Biologist for Dallas County, Jim Uthe.

The events of the day will conclude with a tour of the prairie at Forest Park Museum and performances by Native Americans—a storyteller and a dancer in full regalia. The Native American performance is at 4 p.m. at Forest Park Museum and is free and open to the public (no registration required). “Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the performances,” Stebbins said.

The participants will be provided a homemade breakfast and snacks along with a box lunch from the Hotel Pattee and a surprise small gift item. These events are made possible by the City of Perry, the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, ISU Extension and Outreach, and by a grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The event can be paid for at the door. Registration can be completed by contacting ISU Extension and Outreach Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Caitlyn Ryan, at (515) 993-4281 or The last day to sign up is Sept. 14. More information about the event can be found online at