Registrations are being accepted for the Trees Forever annual "Our Woodland Legacy" symposium, set for Dec. 4 at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Registrations are being accepted for the Trees Forever annual “Our Woodland Legacy” symposium, scheduled for Dec. 4, 2014, at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Trees Forever, based in Marion, Iowa, is always on the cutting-edge of trends. I’ve attended several of their annual symposiums and always learn something about nature as it intersects with our daily lives and communities.

The nonprofit has been celebrating its 25th anniversary with numerous activities throughout the year. Their symposium on Dec. 4 will undoubtedly be one of the high points with a focus on “placemaking.”

Registrations are being accepted now for the event, which will be held at the Cedar Rapids Country Club, a beautiful venue for the occasion.

Here is more about the symposium from Trees Forever:

CEDAR RAPIDS — Why do we love (or not love) where we live?
“Placemaking” capitalizes on a community’s assets, inspiration and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness and well-being.

Nature plays a major role in creating such places. Join Trees Forever on Dec. 4 for the annual Our Woodland Legacy Symposium to explore “Placemaking: Love Where you Live.”

Featured keynotes are Dr. Kathy Wolf on “Green Cities for Health and Delight,” and Dr. Doug Tallamy, on “Why We Need Life Where We Live.” Wolf is a Research Social Scientist in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home,” is a professor and chair of the Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Delaware in Newark.

The day will feature local examples of “placemaking in progress” and help us identify our place in creating communities we love. “The research is clear: community environments matter,” said Shannon Ramsay, Founding President and CEO of Trees Forever. “Please join us in examining ways to include nature in planning our environments for a healthier future.”

What: Our Woodland Legacy Symposium
When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Where: Cedar Rapids Country Club, 550 27th St. Dr. SE
Cost: $50 for members; $75 for non-members and $25 for students. Price includes lunch. Register at:

CEUs are available (self-reporting.)

A limited number of scholarships are available. Call Dustin Hinrichs at 319-373-0650 ext.124 for information or

Partners are the Holloway Family Environmental Trust; City of Cedar Rapids; City of Marion; Alliant Energy; Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency; Linn County Conservation; US Bank; Black Hills Energy; Linn County; Skogman Realty; VanMeter; Hall & Hall Engineering; Hills Bank & Trust; Shive-Hattery and Trees Forever members.

Trees Forever is a nonprofit organization nationally headquartered in Marion, IA that is dedicated to planting trees, encouraging volunteer and youth involvement and environmental stewardship. For over 25 years, we’ve been planting a better tomorrow. For more information visit or call 800-369-1269.