Iowa Prairie Conference 2015

By Taylor on June 12, 2015 in Blog

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There will be a “field trip” to Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie during the conference. (Photo by Jessica Rilling)

Mingle with other prairie enthusiasts, get educated on the latest developments and network at the 2015 Iowa Prairie Conference from Thursday, July 16, to Saturday, July 18, at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. This year's theme is “Working Prairies,” which reflects the evolving role of prairie in today's landscape. Whether a dedicated prairie enthusiast or simply a citizen with curiosity, anyone is welcome to attend.

UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center will host the conference this summer, providing opportunities for education, discussion and networking with natural resource practitioners, educators and students. Also featured will be workshop sessions, social events and field trips—with one to Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie, an INHF project.

Pre-conference activities, including an INHF volunteer event (see below), begin on Wednesday, July 15. The entire conference program can be found here, and you can register here (discounted price before July 6).

Lend a Hand to the Land

Get excited for the Iowa Prairie Conference with a volunteer event! Join INHF, The Nature Conservancy of Iowa, Bur Oak Land Trust, Four Mounds Foundation, Whiterock Conservancy and the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center to restore prairie near Cedar Falls on Wednesday, July 15.

IMG_1265 copyFrom 9 a.m. to noon, help revitalize Cedar Hills Sand Prairie—a beautiful piece of Iowa's natural history—and remove invasive plants that compete with native species.

The diverse 90-acre reserve sits atop a broad sand ridge and supports over 360 species of native plants and over 50 species of birds and butterflies.

Besides restoring Iowa's land, this event provides an excellent opportunity to connect with our leaders in land conservation, all five land trusts in the state—including interns! INHF and The Nature Conservancy will both be bringing their intern crews to complete a lot of meaningful work, enabling participants to watch the land transform before their eyes.

If attending, make sure to register by contacting INHF Volunteer Coordinator Mary Runkel at or 515-288-1846. Directions to the Cedar Hills (and more information about the prairie) can be found here.

Learn more about INHF's volunteer program.