10 years later, Marietta becomes whole

By Kerri on September 15, 2015 in Blog


Patrick in the Indian Grass (2)

Join INHF at the Marietta Sand Prairie on October 3 from 1-4 p.m. to harvest prairie seed, hear the story of this project and drink cider! Volunteers will hand-pick seed to be redistributed throughout the preserve.

The preserve was established in 1984 when 17 acres of native prairie was purchased by Marshall County Conservation. In 2006, 212 more acres were added to the preserve, including 56 acres of sand prairie remnant.

Restoration efforts for the prairie began a decade ago, and with this seed harvest, INHF celebrates connecting the preserve with prairie remnants. This seed harvest completes our original vision: To preserve this rare prairie legacy, and to create an extensive interior grassland habitat for songbirds, pheasants and so many other species.

Remnant sand prairies are among the rarest types of prairies in the United States, making the Marietta Sand Prairie a landscape especially worthy of protection, care, and respect. We invite you to see the unique scene for yourself and play an active role in its conservation.

No prior experience is necessary for volunteers. All equipment and instruction will be provided by INHF staff. Please wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring a re-fillable water bottle.

INHF is sponsoring a motor coach from Des Moines to Marietta Sand Prairie State Preserve, though volunteers may also meet there at 1 p.m. Seats must be reserved in advance.

All are invited to stay for a social gathering following the event.

Contact INHF Volunteer Coordinator Mary Runkel at mrunkel@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 17 with any questions or to register for this event.