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Prairie Rescue on the Great Western Trail

Kick off Bike Month with a prairie rescue on the Great Western Trail! Bike or carpool down to Cumming to help remove unwanted species from a remnant prairie along the trail to help native species to flourish! We'll celebrate after with a drink at the Cumming Tap. A food truck will also be available.

No need to RSVP - just show up!

About the Great Western Trail

This 16.5-mile trail begins in Water Works Park in Des Moines and heads south of the metro to Martensdale. The Great Western Trail opened in 1992, a hundred years after its establishment as a rail line from Des Moines to St. Joseph, MO. It is named for the Chicago Great Western Company whose trains operated on this line from 1892 to 1968. INHF helped establish the trail which is now jointly managed by the Polk and Warren County Conservation Boards.

Event Partners

INHF, Warren County Conservation, The Cumming Tap

Please bring:
  • Boots or sturdy shoes
  • Clothes you don't mind getting beat up, work gloves and sturdy shoes
  • Hat, sunscreen and water bottle
  • All other equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Families welcome
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
  • The closest toilet is at the Cumming Tap
  • Terrain can be hilly and uneven. Volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level

Prairie opening south of the Cumming Tap along the Great Western Trail. Follow the signs along the bike path until you see us. 



Contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Louis at or 515-288-1846, ext. 35


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Great Western Trail
117 N 44th St. (Cumming Tap)

Melanie Louis