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Queer Hikers & INHF: Hike, Harvest, Picnic


Join INHF for an LGBTQ+ event with Queer Hikers as summer begins to transition to fall. Come for the entire evening or pick and choose from the following as your schedule allows:

3-4:30 p.m. – Hike through 154 acres of prairie, oak savanna, woodland and wetland enjoying whatever we discover along the way.

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Contribute to future prairies by harvesting prairie seed by hand! This peaceful and relaxing activity is a great way to get to know the prairie more intimately.

5:30-7 p.m. – Mingle over a picnic! Provided meal and snacks will be vegetarian; please bring your own food if you have other dietary needs. Drinks are also provided, but feel free to bring your own (including alcoholic beverages if you wish). Keeping sustainability in mind, we ask that you bring your own place setting if possible. You may also want a chair or blanket.

To help us plan ahead and so we can communicate the meeting location and other event details, please RSVP by August 31.


Sturdy shoes or hiking boots, long pants and layers
Insect repellant and water bottle
A hiking stick, binoculars, field guide and/or camera, if you like


No experience necessary
Children and families welcome
Portable toilet will be available
You will be asked to sign a liability waiver


Contact Melanie Schmidt at or Emily Martin at

In the summer of 2021, Queer Hikers was born out of a need to build an LGBTQIA+ community in Iowa that connects around our love for the outdoors. Queer Hikers explores Iowa’s outdoor spaces with members of the LGBTQIA+ community to build friendships, learn about nature, and be our full selves. We hold free or low-cost events once a month around the state. You can follow Queer Hikers on Instagram @queerhikers

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is committed to an equitable opportunity for volunteers to gather, in which we strive toward an environment that is both safe and welcoming for all. INHF continues to work toward creating a more inclusive environment that encourages, supports and affirms the diverse backgrounds of our volunteers. Attendees whose words, actions or behaviors make other attendees feel unsafe or unwelcome at INHF volunteer events will be asked to leave.  


Thursday, September 1, 2022

3:00pm - 7:00pm

25-minute drive north of Des Moines, meeting location shared with registered participants

Melanie Schmidt