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Partners on the Prairie

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Spend a summer day on the prairie! Join many of Iowa's conservation leaders at Vincent Bluff State Preserve for a day of land care, community and hands-on experience restoring a true remnant prairie! Together, we'll remove brush and invasive species to enhance the health of this unique, urban prairie. A light lunch will be provided. An RSVP is requested for this event. This event precedes the Iowa Prairie Conference.

Volunteers will work to restore Vincent Bluff State Preserve, "the only truly urban prairie preserve in the State of Iowa. Vincent Bluff is a beautiful example of Loess Hills prairie, oak savanna, and eastern deciduous forest ecosystems. The fact that this nearly pristine landscape exists in the heart of a metropolitan area of nearly 1 million residents speaks of the resiliency of prairie and the ruggedness of the Loess Hills."- John T. Price, Vincent Bluff dedication

About Vincent Bluff

Established as a state preserve in 2009, Vincent Bluff is a beautiful example of Loess Hills prairie right in the heart of Council Bluffs. The property was purchased with the help of INHF and the donations of 400+ individuals and organizations. The land is now owned by the City of Council Bluffs and managed by the Loess Hill Preservation Society. 

Event Partners

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Fontenelle Forest, Harrison County Conservation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Loess Hills Alliance, Loess Hills Preservation Society, Iowa Prairie Network, The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Pottawattamie County Conservation.

Please bring:
  • Water bottle
  • Clothes you don't mind getting beat up and sturdy shoes
  • Lawn chair
  • Tools, if you have them
  • Sun protection
  • Port-a-pot on site
  • No experience necessary.
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
  • Terrain can be hilly and uneven; this is one of our more intense work days. Not recommended for children under 10.
Transportation and Parking

A shuttle will be available at the Mall of the Bluffs Parking lot, across from the McDonald's. Shuttle will leave at 9:30 a.m. and at 9:45 a.m.


Contact Volunteer Coordinator Mary Runkel at or 515-288-1846 x17.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

10:00am - 2:00pm

Vincent Bluff State Preserve
Council Bluffs, IA

Mary Runkel