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Spring Creek at Ft. Defiance State Park, Emmet County

Daniel Ruf

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Turin Prairie, Monona County

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Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Nathan Houck

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  • Homeward Bound

    JUL. 27, 2021

    Three Iowans who left the state early in their conservation career reflect on their decision to return to their roots.

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  • Paddles Up!

    JUL. 26, 2021

    Beat the summer heat by getting out on the water to try your hand at paddling. Learn about essential gear, preparations and environmental guidelines here before hitting the open water.

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  • Seasons of Change

    JUL. 26, 2021

    As the one year anniversary of the derecho approaches, the efforts of one small community in restoring Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, a place that invites people to explore the intersection of ecology, spirituality and holistic health, is a beacon of hope.

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  • Green Hill Ranch Dedication

    JUN. 23, 2021

    A delayed dedication honoring those that helped complete the Green Hill Ranch project was held on June 29, 2021. As the natural area undergoes ongoing restoration, it will continue to offer a unique opportunity for people to experience a classic example of Loess Hills topography.

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  • Lay of the Land: Wont to Wander

    JUN. 22, 2021

    There is a power and sense of wholeness that comes to me when in nature that I haven't found anywhere else, and a connection to the land and the people I'm enjoying it with. To put it simply, for me, to be in nature is to be in community.

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