Hartley Heritage Fen Partner Workday (Valeria)

Join INHF and our partners Jasper County Conservation and North Polk Pheasants Forever for a work day at Hartley Heritage Fen. Volunteers will remove brush and non-native plants. 

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools to manually cut invasive brush. Instruction and tools will be provided. Dress for the weather; long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. 

The workday is meant to pay tribute to Dan Fenimore for his support of conservation; participants are encouraged to share stories about Dan the "Prairie Guy".  Although Dan Fenimore had a long and successful career, he referred to his last role as a prairie technician as his best. As a prairie technician, Dan documented roadside and remnant prairies in central Iowa.  

For the latest information about this event, visit Jasper County Conservation's Facebook page.

About the Property:

Hartley Heritage Fen is a 31.5-acre site with a 6-acre fen and upland areas that are being restored using seed from local high-quality prairies. In addition to unique prairie flora, the fen provides habitat for many species of animals. In partnership with Jasper County Conservation, INHF purchased the property and transferred it to JCC in 2008. 


Hartley Heritage Fen is located north of Valeria off of North 59th Ave West. Take Interstate 80 to exit 149 (the Mitchellville exit). Go north on S-27 for 5.5 miles to NE 110th Ave. Turn east (right) onto NE 110th Ave. Go 1 mile east to the next stop sign (NE 120th St.) and stop. Hartley Heritage Fen will be directly northeast. There's a small parking lot on the SE corner of the property,  and some available room for parking along the gravel road. 

Google Map


Visit Jasper County Conservation's Facebook page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at mschmidt@inhf.org. 


Saturday, April 1, 2023

10:00am - 12:00pm

Hartley Heritage Fen
Valeria, IA

Melanie Schmidt