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Orchid Fest

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 9:00am to Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 4:30pm

Orchid Fest                                                     February 10 & 11, 2018         9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Join Reiman Gardens for the annual Orchid Fest. Exotic orchids in a variety of species and colors will be on display and available for purchase both days. The Central Iowa Orchid Society will also staff a question and answer booth, providing both novices and experienced growers valuable insight on care and keeping of orchids.

While at Orchid Fest, visitors can also discover live butterflies from around the globe in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, explore the tropical Hughes Conservatory, and browse the Gift Shop bursting with unique and sustainable items.


Free for members and ISU students.
The general public pays $8 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 65+, $4 for kids ages 4-17, and free for kids ages 3 and under.
No registration required.


Day of Insects (Ames)

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:45pm to Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 4:10pm
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Reiman Garden's annual Day of Insects brings together professionals, academics, advocates and enthusiasts of all levels from across the country to explore and celebrate entomology (the study of insects) in Ames. Topics often include insects native to Iowa, exotic insects, endangered insects, conservation efforts and new educational programs aimed at advancing the appreciation of all invertebrates.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR DAY OF INSECTS. Attendees must register by March 19, 2018.


Iowa Outdoor Learning Environments Conference (Ames)

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 8:00am to Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 3:30pm
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At the conference, you will learn how to make your outdoor space more intentional for STEM learning through design and creative lessons and programs. If you do not already have an outdoor learning space, you will learn how to establish, maintain, and gain community support to sustain your new OLE. The purpose of the conference is to promote OLE development and create a support network for the community of educators and conservationists that provide these spaces for the public.


Pollinator Fest (Ames)

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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Visit Reiman Gardens and celebrate National Pollinator Week. There will be many collaborators and fun activities to make sure this day is educational and plenty of fun!

Collaborators include the Iowa State University Pollinator Working Group, the ISU Entomology Graduate Student Organization, the ISU Graduates in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Blank Park Zoo, and Ames High School.


Community Food Systems event

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 7:30am
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Community Food Systems 4th annual event is set for January 12 at the ISU Alumni Center, 420 Beach Avenue, Ames.

This daylong event lifts up best practices around the region within all areas of community food systems. Come learn, engage, and discuss ways to promote community engagement, collective action, and food systems projects including edible landscapes, food hubs, shared-use kitchens, and more.

Cost: $25

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