“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Northwest Missouri State University
Student Union Ballroom
800 University Dr.
Maryville, MO 64468
Includes native plant sale for attendees only from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.! Plant sale open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Featuring plants from the following vendors – contact them directly for preorder information.
Special Presenting Sponsors:
5.0 CEUs offered to Landscape Architects
2.25 CEUs for Certified Arborists
2.25 CEUs for Municipal Specialists
2.25 CEUs for BCMA – Management
9:00 a.m. – Registration, light breakfast and coffee, view exhibits, plant sale
9:30 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
9:45 a.m. – Why Natives? How to create healthy and functional home landscapes using native plants – Dave Tylka, Professor of Biology, St. Louis Community College-Meramec
10:45 a.m. – Break, view exhibits
11:00 a.m. – Native Pollinators: Who are they? Why should we care? How can we help them? – Ed Spevak, Curator of Invertebrates, Saint Louis Zoo
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. – Elements of a Successful Prairie Garden – Scott Vogt
1:45 p.m. – Break, view exhibits
2:00 p.m. – Native Trees and Shrubs – Steve Buback
2:50 p.m. – Break, view exhibits
3:00 p.m. – Basic Soil Health: How managing for good soil health impacts virtually all soil ecosystem functions – Doug Peterson, Regional Soil Health Specialist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
3:25 p.m. – Wild Edibles: nutritious and delicious – Ruth Farrand-Cox, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center
4:00 p.m. – Workshop ends
CEUs will be available for Landscape Architects.
$30 – Member Admission – Grow Native! and Missouri Prairie Foundation members
$40 – Non-member Admission
$20 – Student with valid ID
Register online here! To register by mail with a check, please download and fill out this form and submit it with your check made out to Missouri Prairie Foundation. Registration deadline is April 9 for mail-in registrations, April 11 for online registrations.
Presentation Title: Why Natives?
Presentation Description: Although our planet faces many large-scale environmental challenges, each of us can personally improve the health of our yards and neighborhoods by planting more native species of flowers, shrubs and trees that provide ecosystem services. Rather than planting non-native species such as hostas, day lilies and crape myrtles that furnish scant environmental function and are of little interest to native wildlife, Dave Tylka will explain why conservation-minded gardeners are landscaping with native coneflowers, milkweeds, viburnums and oaks–why native plant species should be favored over non-native species, along with the importance of biodiversity in our landscapes. Lastly, Dave will discuss where various native landscaping opportunities can be found around the home and how to approach these opportunities. Gardeners will come away with a wealth of ideas on how to create healthy and functional home landscapes using native plants.
Speaker Biography: Dave Tylka was a Professor of Biology at St. Louis Community College at Meramec for over 20 years. He was the first St. Louis Urban Biologist for the Missouri Conservation Department, a position he held for 14 years. In 2002, he wrote the MDC book, Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People, which he then revised in 2009 for the second edition. He and his wife practice biodiversity in their own landscape by tending to over 200 different species of native plants. As a widely recognized educator, biologist, nature author, and photographer, he brings together a wealth of information on native species and ideas that can inspire any landscaper.
Dr. Ed Spevak
Presentation Title: Native Pollinators: Who are they? Why should we care? How can we help them?
Presentation Description: Discover the diversity of pollinators found in our area, especially the native bees; understand their importance to us and nature and how we can help in their survival in our own front yards, backyards, and fields.
Speaker Biography: Dr. Ed Spevak is currently the Curator of Invertebrates at the Saint Louis Zoo. Dr. Spevak has dedicated the last 38 years of his career to the conservation of invertebrates and vertebrates working in zoos and aquariums as a zoo curator and small population biologist. Ed is also an adjunct of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Population Management Center, advising dozens of conservation breeding and reintroduction programs.
Ed is the Director of the Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute for Native Pollinator Conservation (CNPC), serves as the Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Bumblebee Specialist Group, Co-Chairs the Bumble Bee Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and is on the Steering Committees of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, Keystone Monarch Collaborative and Missourians for Monarchs Collaborative and the Science Advisory Council of Field to Market. Through the CNPC, Ed has also begun working with Native American Tribes and Nations through an initiative called Native Foods, Native Peoples, Native Pollinators.
Presentation Title: Elements of a Successful Prairie Garden
Presentation Description: By using native plants, you can develop a beautiful, sustainable and easy-to-maintain garden. Learn the steps to planning, designing, installing and ultimately caring for your prairie garden.
Speaker Biography: Scott Vogt has been the Executive Director of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains since 2012. Before becoming director of the Arboretum, Scott was the horticulturist and grounds manager for 15 years. The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains is a 30 acre public garden in Hesston, Kansas. Scott has had the opportunity to develop the Arboretum including designing, planting and maintaining display beds around the Visitor Center in 1999 and Prairie Pavilion in 2011. The mission of the Dyck Arboretum of the Plain is to promote through education and stewardship, the conservation and use of plants native and adaptable to Kansas. The Arboretum maintains gardens and prairie plant collections for education and conservation, providing a natural setting for reflection and appreciation of nature. Scott helped develop FloraKansas Native Plant Festival into the largest native plant sale in the state of Kansas featuring over 200 varieties of perennial, grasses, trees and shrubs. Scott lives is Hesston with his wife Amy and their three children.
Presentation Title: Native Trees and Shrubs
Presentation Description: An overview of trees and shrubs native to Northwest Missouri, and their faunal associates.
Speaker Biography: Steve Buback is a Natural History Biologist for the Northwest Region, and is currently the Heritage Entomologist for the Department. Previously, he worked for Forest Park Forever in St. Louis, received a Masters degree from Duke University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.
Presentation Title: Basic Soil Health
Presentation Description: Doug will use eye opening demonstrations to help show how managing for good soil health impacts virtually all soil ecosystem functions.
Speaker Biography: Doug Peterson has been an NRCS employee for over 29 years. He started his career as a Soil Scientist. He has been a District Conservationist in both a grassland based county in south Missouri and a large cropland county in north Missouri. He has also been a State Grassland Conservationist and a State Soil Health Specialist. Currently he is a Regional Soil Health Specialist for Missouri and Iowa teaching NRCS staff and producers around the midwest about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it will take to effectively improve our soils health, function and productivity.
Presentation Title: Wild Edibles: nutritious and delicious
Presentation Description: Discover some of the amazing benefits of the plants we refer to as “weeds” that grow in our yards, fields and woods. Wild edible plants are loaded with vitamins and minerals and some are available through all four seasons. Our early settlers and many of our ancestors depended on native plants, especially early greens to survive. However, not all plants are for human consumption. Accurate identification is very important, good ID books and phone apps. are wonderful tools for identification.
Speaker Biography: Ruth Farrand-Cox has a Master of Science Degree in Education from Central Mo. University. After 30 years of teaching in Fort Osage School District, she became a Volunteer Naturalist at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center. She is a member of a group referred to as the “Wild Ones” who teach monthly classes on the wild edibles of Missouri. They have compiled three books containing descriptions, recipes and uses of these valuable plants.