Backyard Abundance

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment


P.O. Box 1605Iowa City, IA 52244 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Backyard Abundance helps people deeply connect to the natural world and feel mentally, physically and spiritually healthy by nurturing resilience within themselves and our local ecosystems. We accomplish this mission by working with nature’s powers of growth and transformation, offering experiential, restorative education and developing spaces where all beings feel safe, held and interconnected.


Founded in 2006, Backyard Abundance is a leading educational nonprofit residing in Johnson County, Iowa. Through hundreds of classes, presentations, tours and consultations, we’ve helped thousands of people create and experience

Most everyone feels a desire to improve the health of our environment, but when faced with our monumental environmental problems the task seems too large and understanding how to proceed can feel overwhelming. In recognition of this frustration, Backyard Abundance was founded to provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to directly improve the health of our local environment.

No other Iowa organization teaches residents how to take small steps that transform the outdoors into spaces that demonstrate our ability to live in harmony with nature. Deep and lasting satisfaction comes from the daily observation of personally-made environmental improvements. This personal connection with a landscape evokes a strong desire to share actions and knowledge, quickly spreading our mission in a positive, grassroots way.


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