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Seed Collecting Prairie Walk

Daryl Smith and Bruce Stiles will lead the prairie walk. Paper bags for seeds will be provided. Meet at the Thunder Ridge Mall parking lot in Cedar Falls before 4:30 p.m. to car pool/caravan to the prairie. For those who want to join the group at the site, the prairie is located at the intersection of Butler and Mark roads. Park on the east side of Butler road south of the intersection near the sign of the west entrance.

Prairie Walk

A prairie walk at UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center's "Hayfield Prairie" will commemorate Iowa Prairie Heritage Week. The walk will be led by Daryl Smith and Bruce Stiles. Meet at the west end of 31st Street Exit west off Hudson Road and park after you pass the "Road Closed" sign. 

Cedar Hills Sand Prairie walk

The Cedar Hills Sand Prairie walk is being hosted by the Cedar Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, Iowa Prairie Network Region 3 and Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Participants can meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Thunder Ridge Mall parking lot and car pool/caravan to the prairie. For those driving to the prairie, it is located at the intersection of Butler and Mark roads. Park on the east side of Butler road south of the intersection near the west entrance.

Prairie Walk at Bennington Township Cemetery

A Prairie Walk is being hosted by the Cedar Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, Iowa Prairie Network Region 3 and Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center. The walk will be led by Bruce Stiles with assistance from Daryl Smith. Participants can meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Thunder Ridge Mall and car pool/caravan to the cemetery. For those who wish to join the group at the site at 10 a.m., the cemetery is located north of Dunkerton Road at the corner of N. Elk Run Road and E. Mt. Vernon Road next to St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Prairie Walk at Wolter's Prairie Preserve

A prairie walk is being hosted by the Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center, the Cedar Prairie Group of the Sierra Club and the Iowa Prairie Network. Participants should meet at 9:30 am at the Thunder Ridge Mall parking lot to car pool/caravan to the preserve. Wolter’s Prairie Preserve is a wet mesic prairie with a wide variety of native plants. Daryl Smith will talk about prairie and plant identification.

Prairie On Farms Field Day

The Tallgrass Prairie Center and the Iowa State University STRIPS project will host a field day. Topics include the installation of prairie strips and a saturated buffer. Staff will discuss proper seed mix design techniques and proper prairie establishment and management techniques. Researchers from the Iowa State STRIPS team and saturated buffer team will discuss project results and discuss the water quality benefits these conservation practices provide. The park is located 1.5 miles west of Dike on County Road D-19 (160th St.) on the north side. A complimentary meal is included; RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 13. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Prairie On Farms Field Day

The Tallgrass Prairie Center and the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project in Black Hawk County will host a field day. The field day will highlight the installation of an in-field prairie strip in a state identified priority watershed (Dry Run Creek). Participants will learn proper prairie establishment and management techniques for conservation practices involving native prairie vegetation and about the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project. A complimentary meal will be provided; RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 12. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Prairie On Farms Field Day

The Tallgrass Prairie Center will host a field day. This event is for conservation planners, technical service providers, landowners/managers, farmers and those interested in learning more about the role native vegetation can play on farms. The field day is free and open to the public. A complimentary meal is included. Registration is not required, but is preferred for meal planning purposes. RSVP by Friday, June 16.

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