As a non-profit, Prairie Flower is managed by its board of directors. The board works as a team to set policy, hire and evaluate the Director, manage the organization's financials, and create a strategic vision to guide Prairie Flower into the future.
Board members serve two year terms (and can continue for up to three consecutive terms). Three board members are elected in one year, and four in the following year, to keep a staggered schedule of when board members join and roll off. When vacancies occur, they are filled as soon as possible.
Join the board!
**We are currently looking to fill two vacancies on the board.**
Why join the board? Serving on the board is a rewarding experience, and an opportunity for personal and professional growth. It's a great way to learn about non-profit operations, and make a difference in the community. Board members have often been parents of children who attend Prairie Flower programs, so it's a great way to connect with other parents, and shape the programming that your children enjoy. However, being a parent is not a requirement! We hope to get diverse perspectives on the board -- your unique experiences can help strengthen our decision-making!
What are the responsibilities? In short: show up, be prepared, and contribute to discussions and decision-making.
Commit to a minimum of one two-year term on the board.
Attend board of director meetings (1st Monday of each month, 7-9 pm), as well as special meetings as needed.
Regularly check email and be available for phone consultation if needed.
Stay informed about board matters, be prepared for meetings, review and comment on minutes, reports, and email discussions.
Actively engage in fundraising for the organization in whatever way best suits you.
Participates in the board and committees' annual evaluation, planning efforts, and goal setting.
Actively promote Prairie Flower Children’s Center, encourage and support employees and volunteers, and work in the best interests of the organization.
Maintain confidentiality as defined by the organization policies and laws of Iowa.
Am I really qualified? Yes! We always have a mix of veteran board members and new board members, each with different experience and skill sets. You do not need to have prior non-profit experience to apply. If you are passionate about Prairie Flower's mission and vision, that is the most important thing!
How do I apply? To apply for one of the open board positions, fill out the linked application packet, and email it to email@example.com.
Occupation: Assistant Teaching Professor in ISU's Department of World Languages and Cultures
Why I serve: As an ethnohistorian of education, I am passionate about education that nurtures children’s whole selves, including their connections to community and the natural environment. I am proud to support the nature schooling approach of Prairie Flower Children’s Center. My children attended Morning Song preschool, and now continue to attend PoemTree.
Favorite thing about Prairie Flower: the ways that Prairie Flower programs and gatherings encourage Prairie Flower children and their families to slow down and enjoy the beauty and wonder of nature.
Board member since: 2020
Occupation: Senior Editor & Magazine Coordinator for Practical Farmers of Iowa
Why I serve: As one who is passionate about holistic, child-led learning, I believe deeply in Prairie Flower's commitment to nature-based learning, nurturing the whole child and protecting unhurried childhood. This approach is needed more than ever today. I'm grateful to the visionary founders of Prairie Flower, who recognized the vital role that Nature plays in the lives of children (and adults) as a source of wonder, wisdom and beauty. My son has benefited from Prairie Flower's programs since he was a toddler, moving through our Little Song, Morning Song preschool and now our PoemTree program for older children. I hope that by serving on Prairie Flower's board of directors, I can help to ensure this special place will remain a haven in our community for the minds, bodies, spirits and imaginations of all children in our community to bloom.
Favorite thing about Prairie Flower: The view of Nature as a a guide and co-teacher; the gentle rhythms of the day; the celebration of Nature's many gifts; the friendships my son has made; and the community that Prairie Flower fosters.
Board member since: 2022
Occupation: Part-time lecturer at Iowa State, for the Human-Computer Interaction graduate program
Why I serve: I wanted to use some of my free time to help out in the community, and felt connected to Prairie Flower's mission of encouraging unhurried childhood, play, and connection to the natural world. I've really enjoyed learning about non-profit governance and operations through my board role.
Favorite thing about Prairie Flower: the friendships that my children and I have made with others in the Prairie Flower community. We moved to Ames 2 years ago, and now we feel we have found our community!
Board member since: 2023
Occupation: Pediatric Sleep Coach at Babies and Beyond
Why I serve: working with children has been my passion for as long as I can remember. After teaching preschool for nearly 10 years and having my own children, I noticed how rushed childhood was becoming. Prairie Flower uses intentional practices to encourage exploration and true, unhurried curiosity.
Favorite thing about Prairie Flower: The focus on nature-based play, friendships, and building a sense of community between the children are some of my favorite things about Prairie Flower!
Board member since: 2024
Occupation: Post-Doctoral Researcher in ISU’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Why I serve: I am curious to learn about nature-based schooling approaches. Prairie Flower gives me the option to volunteer and be a part of the community.
Favorite thing about Prairie Flower: My favorite point about Prairie Flower is its uniqueness in nature-based and play-based learning, allowing the students to engage with nature, learning resilience, compassion and other life skills in a very natural and organic way.