The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition and community partners will present "A Practical Backyard Tour" of Waterloo and Cedar Falls on Saturday, June 16, from 10 am–1 pm. An event finale and prize drawing will take place at SingleSpeed Brewing (Waterloo) at 1:30 pm.
Organizations and homeowners will be opening up their green spaces and backyards to share various sustainable and Earth-friendly practices. Visit seven creative, sustainable backyards and green spaces at your own pace and in any order. Tour locations will highlight topics such as: Burmese gardening, edible landscaping, solar panels, rain gardens, pollinator gardens, composting, and permeable pavers. This public educational event is FREE and will take place rain or shine! Before the tours, participants should print a backyard tour brochure with event details, tour addresses, map of locations, site descriptions, and the list of prizes at the finale.
On the day of the event, start at a location of your choice and sign a waiver. Receive one free prize drawing ticket at EACH site that you visit, then enter them into the prize drawing during the finale (at SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo). This drawing will feature a 55-gallon hand painted re-purposed rain barrel, a rain barrel converter kit, a pollinator-friendly plant package, and a potted fruit tree. Must be present to win.
Although pre-registration is not required, participants can earn 1 EXTRA ticket for the drawing, when they log into Facebook by 3 pm on June 15, to RSVP. Click "Going" on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition's Facebook Event Post.
The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition is a large group of community organizations and individuals that have come together to improve the health of our community through outreach and education. "A Practical Backyard Tour" is sponsored by the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition's Sustainability Theme Group in partnership with the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, KWWL, the City of Waterloo, the City of Cedar Falls, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, the Waste Trac Education Team, EMBARC, the Cedar Falls Seed Library, Petersen & Tietz, Meyers Nursery, and SingleSpeed Brewing.
For questions or more information, please contact the Waste Trac Education Team at (319) 266-8722.