Women's Walk in the Woods planned at Amana Nature Trail

Iowa State University Extension
All women who are interested in woodland stewardship are invited to attend, regardless of whether they own woodlands.

AMANA, Iowa – Female woodland enthusiasts can participate in a unique Women’s Walk in the Woods event planned for Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 1-4 p.m. hosted by Amana Forestry, at the Amana Nature Trail.

The event will offer women woodland owners and those with an interest in forestry an opportunity to interact and listen to informal presentations by women foresters and natural resources professionals.

Participants will learn about tree identification and forest health, discuss woodland management resources and assistance programs, and go on an educational forestry hike.

Speakers include Sabrina Keiper, professional forester with Amana Forestry, and forestry experts from an additional Iowa private forestry company, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

“We want women to meet and interact with each other while learning about forestry,” said Julia Baker, natural resources program specialist at Iowa State University. “Participants will hopefully learn things they can do on the land they own or have influence over.”

The National Woodland Owner Survey data for Iowa showed that about 20% of primary owners were women in 2018, which has increased from about 12% in 2013. In 2018 women also made up just under 50% of secondary owners.

All women who are interested in woodland stewardship are invited to attend, regardless of whether they own woodlands.

Light refreshments will be provided. Bring a camp chair if one is available and dress for light hiking on wooded trails.

The Amana Nature Trail is located a few miles south of the town of Amana near Homestead. Motorized transportation will be available as needed. In case of heavy rain or severe weather, the event will be cancelled. The event will still be held during light rain.

The event is free with registration required. Register by Oct. 22 by contacting Baker at jaclymer@iastate.edu, or 515-294-7991.