State Forest Nursery

February 2016 Specialty Packet - Wild Edibles!

Many native Iowa plants provide food for animals and humans! With this packet, you can soon have nuts and berries to make cookies, jams, jellies, and wine as well as snacks as you walk around right in your back yard. The packet contains 50 plants each of Elderberry, Aronia Berry, Wild Plum, Hickory, and Hazelnut (Filbert). That is 250 trees for the price of 200! Orders can be by phone (800-865-2477) or  ORDER ONLINE! For a limited time (until January 17th, 2016), enter to win a $100.00 gift card from Mill's Fleet Farm. Contest Rules

Contact us at 1-800-865-2477 or 515-233-1161.

State Forest Nursery Assessment frequently asked questions

Our purpose at the State Forest Nursery is to provide quality native plant materials to landowners for timber production, wildlife habitat, erosion control and aesthetics at an affordable cost. Thanks to customers like you, 2011 marks 75 years producing seedlings at the Ames Nursery.

Native trees are one of the keys to having a healthy woodland. To improve quality we are continuing to identify additional locations for seed collection from native Iowa forests and wildlife areas. 

Annually, we purchase seed from Iowa collectors. By providing a reliable source of suitable planting stock in large quantities, the State Forest Nursery makes it possible to plant millions of trees and shrubs each year. The State Forest Nursery at Ames was established during the Civilian Conservation Corps days in the late 1930s. 

Nursery production is about 1 to 2 million plants per year. Because some species grow until they are 3 years old, it means that we may have about 3-5 million seedlings growing at any specific time. Iowa Code and Rule state that the State Forest Nursery is self supported, receipts from sale of plant materials are to cover cost of operations.

aerial view of nursery

The State Forest Nursery, located on 98 acres of land on the south edge of Ames, Iowa annually grows, processes and distributes about 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 trees and shrubs that are planted for forestry, wildlife, erosion control and beautification. Order online:

For a paper order form please call the nursery or download a pdf version.

To place an order you will need to create an account with the State of Iowa.  For instructions on creating your account please read the following information: A&A Instructions