Spring Creek at Ft. Defiance State Park, Emmet County
Turin Prairie, Monona County
Cedar Valley Nature Trail
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JUL. 27, 2021
Three Iowans who left the state early in their conservation career reflect on their decision to return to their roots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At any given time, INHF is working on 40 different protection, restoration and trail projects. Learn more about what we’re working on:
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Photo: Sylvan Runkel State Preserve by Nathan Houck