Iowa Prairie Conference (Milford)

The 2024 Iowa Prairie Conference (IPC) will be held August 16 through 18, 2024 at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. The IPC is a bi-annual conference and has been held for over twenty years at various locations around Iowa.  The 2024 keynote address about Cayler State Preserve will be given by DNR Ecologist John Pearson. INHF staff Kody Wohlers and Ryan Schmidt and board member Neil Hamilton will lead sessions and field trips to INHF projects, including a visit to the Wallace and Bowers Nature Area

Registration is required. Visit Iowa Prairie Network to learn more and register

Topics for additional education sessions include prairie fens, prairie and soil restoration, area archeology, prescribed burn cooperatives, and an update on the farm bill and Iowa Nature Summit.  A Friday afternoon visit to area Prairie Strips will be held prior to event registration.  Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in guided hikes/outings that showcase special and unique area fens, wetlands and prairie remnants.  Saturday evening outings include a Queen II excursion to learn about restoration of shoreline, a visit to Excelsior Fen/Dugout Creek Complex and Freda Haffner Kettlehole.  Sunday outings include a birding adventure, musings by Connie Mutel author and prairie enthusiast on Iowa’s Fragile Giants and Fragile Landscapes, a visit to The Prairie Flower (area native seed dealer), an Oak Savanna restoration, Kirchner Prairie and a hike at Cayler Prairie.

Registration is required. Visit to learn more and register

This event is hosted by the Iowa Prairie Network and the Iowa Prairie Conference Planning Committee which includes INHF staff.


Friday, August 16, 2024 - Sunday, August 18, 2024

All Day

Iowa Lakeside Lab
Milford, IA