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G.R.A.S.S. – The Great Race Against Shrubs and Shade

Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Iowa Department of Nature Resources and the Nature Conservancy in Iowa at Turin Prairie in the Loess Hills for one of the largest land restoration days in the state. Together we'll remove brush and invasive species to help keep this beautiful hillside healthy and thriving.

Volunteers will be assigned to groups. Volunteers may use handsaws and loppers or assist certified chain sawyers to pull downed limbs from the chain sawyer’s work space. Please note, the terrain is hilly and uneven and the work is intense.

This annual event precedes the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar, a free event that brings educators and people from all walks of life together to celebrate Iowa’s natural and cultural history, the Loess Hills and the prairie.


Turin Prairie in the Loess Hills - near Turin, IA in Monona County (halfway between Council Bluffs and Sioux City).

From Turin, head north on Oak Ave. In approximately 2 miles, look for parked cars and signs.

Click here for the Google map.

What to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Sturdy boots or shoes
  • Hat, gloves, safety glasses, sunscreen (we have LOTS of extra)


  • No experience necessary.
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
  • Port-a-pot on site.
  • Terrain can be hilly and uneven; this is one of our more intense work days. Not recommended for children under 10.

RSVP STRONGLY WELCOMED! Please contact Mary Runkel if you plan to attend as an INHF volunteer (or with questions) at or 515-288-1846, ext. 17. 

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Friday, June 2, 2017

9:00am - 12:00pm

Turin Prairie
Turin, IA

Mary Runkel