Fall Volunteering Events

Want to get involved? Check out these upcoming INHF volunteering opportunities. Please wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. No experience necessary!

Saturday, Sept. 26

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Help hand-pick seeds from the prairie while checking out the beautiful views in Northeast Iowa’s Heritage Valley.9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Perkins Prairie Reserve

Come to hear the history of the Perkin’s Prairie in Greene County, and stay to help hand-pick seeds. 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, October 2. 

Meet us at Mathes

Join us just outside of Pella at the Mathes property. We will be harvesting seeds and removing invasive vegetation. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 3. 

Seeds and Cider

Spend the afternoon picking seeds and learning about the historic Marietta Sand Prairie–then round out the day with a hot cup of cider. We are offering a coach from Des Moines to the work site for this event. Reserve a bus seat with Mary Runkel at mrunkel@inhf.org. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get more information about these events and stay up to date on volunteer opportunities at http://www.inhf.org/volunteer-events.cfm.



Triathlon to support Ingawanis Woodland


Late this summer, get outdoors and help support an INHF project! The Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon is raising funds for Ingawanis Woodland in Bremer County on Aug. 29.

Paddle, run and bike your way through upland woods unique for the area!

Ingawanis is a former boy scout camp near Waterloo. When the camp shut down, INHF acquired 140 acres of the property to ensure that its natural resources and recreation opportunities were safeguarded for the future. All funds raised from the triathlon will support permanent protection of the woodland, which supports a plethora of recreational opportunities like birding, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Register now to participate in the Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon!

Can’t participate in the race, but still want to support the woodland? Sponsor the event (sponsorships due Aug. 15), or donate to the project directly.

Public notice of INHF’s pending re-accreditation

square_acornThe land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Continue reading

Apply Now: INHF Communications Internship

Kerri & Lois - cropped 2Test the waters in all aspects of communications — magazine writing, press releases, photography, social media, websites, blogs and more — with Iowa’s leading natural conservation organization. 

Job description
The communications intern writes news releases and magazine articles about INHF projects, assists with special events (like our annual Hagie Heritage Award), writes blog posts, updates our website and social media, and much more. Depending on organizational needs and intern skills, he/she may also assist with public events, photography and occasional graphic design. Continue reading

The Wood Lily

The sporatic wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum) can be found flowering in prairies across the state from mid-June to late-July. This one in particular was found on our Flowering Hill Prairie in Dickinson County, a dry prairie remnant that has never been plowed.

Ernest (Ernie) and Edna Skow donated Flowering Hill Prairie to INHF in 1985 through a reserved life estate to make sure it will always be prairie, and at the same time they kept the right to use and enjoy the prairie during their lifetimes. After both passed, INHF accepted full ownership of this seven-acre property in 2008 to continue taking care of the land in honor of Ernie and Edna Skow.

According to the Coefficient of Conservatism in Iowa, wood lilies are rated 9 out of 10 because of how uncommon they are to discover. Definitely worth capturing a photo of these beautiful, but unusual wildflowers!


Wordless Wednesday – RAGBRAI XLII

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

Nature Walk: White-faced and Glossy Ibis

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To the average casual birder, the discovery of a white-faced ibis as well as a glossy ibis in a local wetland is a cause for excitement. In the continental U.S., it is generally considered a western species and occasionally found in the Midwest during migration. From a distance, their plumage appears a deep dark brown, but in bright light, it has a blue-green cast especially in the wings. This pair was excited, had been eating and bathing and seemed to be preparing to continue their migration northward. A breeding population occurs in NE South Dakota. – Carl Kurtz

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this photo or requesting information on possible use of any of our “Nature Walk” photographs, please contact Carl Kurtz at cpkurtz@netins.net. View our other Nature Walk posts!