Our INHF staff has enjoyed talking about Iowa’s nature and trails with thousands of people while on RAGBRAI this year! Here are some pictures capturing their experience. Check out their journey by liking Iowa by Trail (IBT) on Facebook and be sure to visit their booth in Mason City, Waverly and Independence to learn more about the IBT app. Don’t forget to pick up some IBT swag while you are there! Continue reading
On July 29, Polk County is switching up their Music in the Park event. Instead of listening to music, they are bringing in Jennifer Pharr Davis to speak about her adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail. Continue reading
This year during RAGBRAI, a few INHF staff members will be riding the whole RAGBRAI route, making media visits and holding events along the way to promote the Iowa by Trail app launch that will take place at the RAGBRAI Expo. In each overnight town, INHF staffers will hold app demonstrations, provide limited edition Iowa By Trail memorabilia for purchase and be available for any trail-related discussions!
Meet the staff that you will have the opportunity to meet July 20th through the 26th to learn how to use the app, help us spread the word, and learn all the great spots to explore after RAGBRAI is over! Continue reading
This year, during the 2014 RAGBRAI tour, the Simon Estes Foundation and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) are partnering to make an impact both locally and internationally by selling Simon Estes’ CD, “Save The Children, Save Their Lives.”
Simon Estes is an internationally-acclaimed bass-baritone born in Centerville, Iowa. He has performed at the world’s major opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Vienna State Opera. Continue reading
Our Land Stewardship Interns discovered a smooth green snake at Indiangrass Hills last week. This nonvenomous snake is distinctive from other species due to its vibrant green color. They are found in native prairies and grassy meadows. However, they are considered a species of special concern. Keep an eye out for these little guys!
After 30 years of helping to establish Iowa as the World Capital of Trails, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce “Iowa by Trail,” the all-Iowa multiuse trail app. INHF partnered with Shift Interactive, an Iowa-based company, to create the app for all iOS devices.
The app was first released on May 1, 2014 for Central Iowa trails. This was a beta test for the statewide app. From this test, we already have 3,500 downloads. Continue reading
This summer marks the emergence of the 17-year-cycle Brood cicadas III, Magicicada spp, in Iowa and northwestern parts of Illinois. There are three species of 17-year-cycle cicadas, and they can be found in the northern part of the United States. Most of them emerge during the months of May and June. Continue reading