MPF Webinar: The Role of Mycorrhizal Fungi in Prairie Remnants and Plantings with Dr. Alice Tipton


Mycorrhizal fungi play an essential role in structuring plant communities, and this is particularly true for prairies. In this talk, Dr. Tipton will discuss how mycorrhizal fungi and plants interact, their importance in maintaining prairie plant communities, and how mycorrhizal fungal inoculation can act as a tool in prairie reconstruction. Cost: free. The webinar will […]

2020 Grow Native! Professional Member Conference


We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Grow Native! program and host the virtual 2020 Grow Native! Professional Member Conference! We hope you will enjoy the lineup of fantastic speakers and topics this year. Check out the conference page for the itinerary, speaker line up, and registration.

FULL: Native Tree Walk at Bellefontaine Cemetery & Arboretum

Bellefontaine Cemetery & Arboretum 4947 W. Florissant Ave, St. Louis

REGISTRATION CLOSED. To get on the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please call the number below. Enjoy a fall walk on the beautiful grounds of historic Bellefontaine Cemetery & Arboretum in St. Louis with Horticulture supervisor Matt Garrett or other staff. Learn about the many native trees and wildlife conservation activities at Bellefontaine. […]

Prairie Ecology Hike at MPF’s Carver Prairie

Carver Prairie Lark Rd, Newton County

Join MPF Technical Advisor Jeff Cantrell for a Prairie  Ecology Hike at MPF's Carver Prairie (Newton County) at 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Limited to 12 participants, social distancing will be practiced. We will be walking on uneven ground in the native grassland. Participants must register to attend. To register, please email Jeff Cantrell […]

Grow Native! Master Class: Landscaping with Native Sedges with Carrie Coyne & Elliott Duemler


In this master class, you will learn about sedge species native to the lower Midwest that are available from native plant suppliers, their growing conditions, and growth habits. You will also learn about designing with natives and how they perform in the landscape. One CEU for landscape architects will be available. Cost: free to all […]

MPF Webinar: Winter Sparrows–A Challenge but a Joy! with Ethan Duke & Dana Ripper


Join us to learn the basics of winter sparrow identification and ecology. We will touch on some of the more common backyard sparrows, then focus on the species that rely on Missouri’s prairies for wintering habitat. Often we think about prairie as crucial breeding habitat–which it is!–for a suite of species, but this essential ecosystem […]

Grow Native! Webinar: Gardening for Beneficial Insects with Ed Spevak


Bumble bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, and many other beneficial insects move pollen from flower to flower, helping plants to produce seeds and fruit. Dr. Ed Spevak will explain the important relationship between the many beneficial insects buzzing around home gardens, and the native plants that rely on them to thrive. Cost: free. The webinar will […]

Short-Eared Owl Investigation

Shawnee Trail Conservation Area 160 SW 160th Ln, Mindenmines

Join Jeff Cantrell, MPF Technical Advisor, on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 for a Short-Eared Owl Investigation at the Rehab Prairie site at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area (Barton County). Limited to 12 participants, social distancing will be in place.  We will be walking maintenance roads, which may be muddy, depending on the weather.  Meet at Pin […]

Grow Native! Webinar: Happy, Healthy Habitats with Paula Diaz


Native gardens can be both functional and beautiful, but they don't have a strict set of rules. Why not use our time to enjoy our gardens rather than tame them? In this talk, Paula Diaz will help transition our brains from keeping "neat, tidy, and clean" gardens to "happy, healthy habitats." Cost: free. The webinar […]

MPF Master Class: Invasive Plant Management on Grasslands with Jerod Huebner


MPF Director of Prairie Management Jerod Huebner will share information on how to manage invasive species on grasslands. Jerod will describe the invasive species that often encroach on grasslands, different methods of removal, and time of year to avoid further spreading. Cost: free to all MPF dues-paying members (including Grow Native! professional members) and $15 […]

Grow Native! Master Class: Challenges with Native Plants with Scott Woodbury


Like teenagers, certain native plants are challenging to garden with. Prickly pear is so prickly. Witch hazel can be so juvenile. Rose verbena is fussy. Winterberry holly is too tall. Garden phlox and Joe pye can be aggressive. Beautyberry doesn’t like the cold. Alabama snow-wreath likes to spread out. Pawpaw needs neighbors. Michigan lily and […]

Grow Native! Webinar: Missouri Adopt-A-Highway Program with Mark Aufdenberg and Mervin Wallace


MoDOT Roadside Management Specialist Mark Aufdenberg will present about his agency's Adopt-A-Highway Program and how Missourians can be involved by adopting an area to plant and maintain with native plants.  Mark will also share information on native plantings that MoDOT is establishing and maintaining, as well as invasive plant management. Grow Native! professional member Mervin Wallace—owner […]

Grow Native! Master Class: Phytoremediation with Native Plants with Eric Fuselier


Phytoremediation With Native Plants: How Native Plants Can Be Used to Clean Up Environmental Contaminants Environmental Project Manager Eric Fuselier will discuss how to use native woody and herbaceous plants to improve soil, air, and water quality, and remove environmental contaminants from soil, air, and water. While this master class is open to all, it […]