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Erna D. Kuehl Family Nature Preserve Workday (Davenport)

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Celebrate the beginning of spring at this volunteer event just outside Davenport. Volunteers will have the opportunity to be a part of the first organized event at the Erna D. Kuehl Family Nature Preserve to remove brush and non-native plants to help with prairie restoration. 

Volunteers can learn more about the history of the site from adjacent landowner and family member, Tracey Kuehl.

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush. Please note some plants may contain thorns that can catch on clothes/materials. No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome.

An RSVP is required.

  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Long pants and layers. You may be working with thorny plants so sturdy clothes that can withstand rips (or you don't mind ripping) are encouraged.
  • Work gloves and water bottle
  • A hiking stick, binoculars, field guide and/or camera, if you like
  • No experience necessary
  • Carpooling encouraged
  • Families welcome
  • There will NOT be a restroom on site
  • You will be asked to sign a Volunteer Liability Waiver

The Erna D. Kuehl Family Nature Preserve contains 40 acres of reconstructed prairie, established woods, crop land, and an active pond. Richard Kuehl and his family donated the property to INHF in 2021 to honor Erna Kuehl and the long-term protection of wildlife and pollinator habitat. There have been over 30 prairie species identified on the property as well as wildlife including otters, muskrats and box turtles. Learn more about the story here.


The property is located near Davenport at 22781 230th Ave Davenport, Iowa 52804 (**note this is a private residence and not open to the public). Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. 

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Contact Eastern Iowa Land Stewardship Director Bill Kohler at 

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.  


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

2:30pm - 4:30pm

22781 230th Ave
Davenport, IA 52804

Bill Kohler