Spring Creek at Ft. Defiance State Park, Emmet County
Turin Prairie, Monona County
Cedar Valley Nature Trail
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SEP. 7, 2021
With the support of hundreds of donors, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has raised enough money to purchase 50 acres on the shoreline of East Okoboji Lake and preserve its natural state. INHF was facing a Sept. 7 deadline to raise $8.2 million, and they met their goal with one day to spare thanks to an astounding push by the local community.
NOV. 29, 2021
Offering opportunities for hunting, hiking and wildlife observation, Oak Ridge Conservation Area is a natural gem on the western side of the state. Now, thanks to a recent series of additions, the 2,401-acre natural area is one step closer to becoming a contiguous complex.
NOV. 23, 2021
It is difficult to put into words what it's like growing up with Neal Smith as your granddad. While his many accomplishments will be talked about in the media, his relationship with nature had the most influence on me.
NOV. 22, 2021
INHF is excited to welcome Taryn Samuels and Susan Johnson.
SEP. 30, 2021
Tom Murray of Decorah has been selected to receive the 2021 Lawrence and Eula Hagie Heritage Award. The Hagie Heritage Award is given annually by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to recognize Iowans who have demonstrated extraordinary personal service and commitment to improving the quality of Iowa's natural environment and who encourage others to do the same.
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