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.
Tallgrass Prairie Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tallgrass Prairie Center will host a field day on "Establishing and Evaluating Prairie Strips on Farms." Attendees will learn about the prairie strips Randy Luze has established on his farm with assistance from the Tallgrass Prairie Center’s Prairie on Farms Program. This event is for NRCS, SWCD, conservation planners, landowners, technical service providers and those interested in water quality improvement and pollinator recovery efforts. Coffee and pastries will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public; RSVP by Wednesday, June 14.
Mary Skopec, executive director of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory: Regents Resource Center, will lead a discussion on water quality in Iowa, "Status and Trends in Iowa's Water Quality: Our Challenges and Opportunities." Located on the shore of West Lake Okoboji in Northwest Iowa, Lakeside Lab is an Iowa Board of Regents campus dedicated to education of post-secondary students, research on aquatic systems and terrestrial landscapes, and community engagement on environmental topics.
Ryan Schmidt, land stewardship director for Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, will discuss "Considering Agricultural Lands in the Process of Restoration.” This event is free and open to the public.