Winter Workday at Breen Prairie (Monticello)

Posted on January 8, 2021 in Press Center


CONTACT: Joe Jayjack, communications director, or 515-288-1846 ext. 19

Winter Workday at Breen Prairie (Monticello)
INHF to host brush removal at prairie preserve

MONTICELLO – Iowans are invited to join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) for a winter workday at Breen Prairie on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Together, volunteers will help remove brush and non-native plants from the prairie near Monticello.

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush. Participants may work alongside or with an experienced chain sawyer. No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome.

WHAT: Winter Workday at Breen Prairie
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, 9:30 a.m – 12 p.m.
WHERE: Breen Prairie, of Monticello, IA
RSVP: An RSVP is required for this event. 

Breen Prairie Farm encompasses 140 acres of native dry, rocky prairie, woodland and working lands. Helen Reichardt donated the farm to INHF in 1989 to permanently protect and preserve the land’s natural beauty and wildlife habitat. It is now owned and stewarded by INHF.

No experience necessary. Family friendly, kids welcome. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, long pants, mask, work gloves and bring a water bottle.

Directions: From Monticello, drive north on IA-38 out of town about 3 miles. The property is located less than a quarter mile past Rock Road, on the east side of the road. A wooden sign is available. Look for INHF event signage and staff.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at with questions.


Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit conservation group that works with private landowners and other partners to protect Iowa's land, water and wildlife. Since its founding in 1979, INHF has helped protect more than 180,000 acres of Iowa's wild places.

For more information, visit or call 515-288-1846.