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Loess Hills Prairie Restoration Extravaganza


Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Friends of Loess Hills State Forest and many public partners as we work to restore the prairie on the INHF-owned Armstrong Farm and land in the Loess Hills State Forest.

The volunteer portion will run from 1-4:30 p.m., and attendees will be professional staff operating the chainsaws and brushcutters with volunteers assisting to treat stumps and drag/pile debris. There will also have an option to collect prairie seed on the property. No experience is necessary, and all volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace.

We'll end the day with a supper from 5-6 p.m. at the Loess Hill State Forest headquarters hosted by the Harrison County Cattlemen's Association. There will be indoor and outdoor seating available and dinner will include ribeye steak sandwiches, beans, chips and a drink. Vegetarian options available upon request. 

An RSVP is required for this event.

Event Partners: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Friends of Loess Hills State Forest, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Harrison County Conservation Board, Fontenelle Forest, Harrison County Cattlemen's Association


Volunteer Projects: 1-4:30 p.m.

  • Brush removal
  • Prairie seed collection

Dinner: 5-6 p.m.

  • Complimentary food and drinks provided by the Harrison County Cattlemen's Association
Please bring:
  • A water bottle
  • Clothes you don't mind getting beat up, work gloves (if you have them) and sturdy shoes
  • Sun protection and insect repellant
  • All other equipment provided
  • No experience necessary
  • Children and families welcome
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver
  • There will be a portapotty on site

The event location is about 2.5 miles west of Pisgah. Parking will be available along the north side of 124th Trail. Look for signage.

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Contact INHF Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at or  515-288-1846, ext. 35.


Thursday, September 23, 2021

1:00pm - 6:00pm

Armstrong Farm and Loess Hills State Forest
1775 124th Trail
Pisgah, IA 51564

Melanie Schmidt