Introducing Sarah LeBlanc, INHF’s new communications intern

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My name is Sarah LeBlanc and I’m thrilled to be the new communications intern for INHF. I’m in my last year at Drake University studying journalism and politics, and I’m originally from Madison, Wisconsin but have come to call Des Moines my home away from home.

When I have down time, you can typically find me binge watching the latest Netflix original series, running outside or reading a book. My sweet tooth also leads me to find the best ice cream and candy shops in Des Moines.

As a communications intern, I’ll be writing for INHF’s magazine, typing up press releases, blogging and a little bit of everything else in between. I’m excited to join the team here and learn more about what makes Iowa so beautiful.

If you want to get in touch with me, give me a shout at or on Twitter: @sarahleblanc201.

Meet INHF’s new design intern

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My name is Kelsea Graham and I’m the new INHF design intern this spring. I’m a junior at Drake University studying graphic design and advertising. I’m a Kansas City, MO native, but I’m excited to make Des Moines my new home.Kelsea
I spend my much-appreciated free time discovering old and new music, playing The Sims, and dying my hair crazy colors.
As a design intern I’ll be making things aesthetically pleasing, including event materials, brochures and so on. I’ll also be responsible for organizing our large collection of photos.
I’m so excited to work with INHF and put my passion toward a greater good! I can be reached at

Meet INHF’s new communications interns

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My name is Rachel Dupree and I’ll be joining the INHF communications team this fall. I’m a senior at Drake University studying public relations and international relations with a concentration in global public health. I’m originally from Forest Lake, Minnesota, but I love Des Moines more than my heart can stand. Continue reading

2015 Intern Recap: Blufflands Land Stewardship

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The second summer of the INHF Blufflands Stewardship intern crew was a success! Our Blufflands crew worked a total of 44 days on 14 sites around northeast Iowa, making a lasting impact on several properties and projects. The internship wrapped up on Aug. 13.

The first few weeks of the summer were spent at INHF’s Heritage Valley property in Allamakee Co. weeding the prairies and woodlands of things like garlic mustard, wild parsnip, queen annes lace, sweet clover, and thistles. The next few weeks involved a lot of chainsaw work both at Heritage Valley and around the driftless region, removing cedar trees from bluff prairies and combating honeysuckle and buckthorn. Interns were also able to participate in several seed harvests and volunteer events.

Interns were able to work with other conservation professionals, working with partner land stewardship organizations and volunteers either on partner properties or INHF properties. The highlight week for the interns was at Raleigh Buckmasters’, an INHF conservation easement in Allamakee Co., where they were able to see timber rattlesnakes. Interns also enjoyed their time at Indiangrass Hills in Iowa Co., along with the Iowa Prairie Conference at UNI.

Thank you, interns, for your hard work for Iowa’s land, water and wildlife!

Learn more about INHF’s Blufflands land stewardship internship.

2015 Intern Recap: Statewide Land Stewardship


What a great summer!

INHF Statewide Land Stewardship interns wrapped up their 11 week internship on August 6th. The crew of 9 interns worked on 22 different sites covering 18 counties across Iowa. These properties included private, public and county-owned land, working with a variety of conservation groups, landowners and prairie enthusiasts.

The summer consisted of 44 working days, that also included educational opportunities like the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar and Iowa Prairie Conference at UNI. Interns had many highlights from the summer, but they all included the amount of wildlife seen, including timber rattlesnakes, smooth green snakes and a Luna moth.

”This year’s interns were a hard working bunch and they brought a lot of passion and curiosity for Iowa’s landscape,” said Melanie Louis, INHF land stewardship assistant. “The summer played a huge role in many of their career paths. We’re excited to see where they go next.”

Thank you, interns, for your hard work for Iowa’s land, water and wildlife!

Learn more about INHF’s land stewardship internship.

Program Support/Grant Writing summer internship

Program Support interns help write grants and assist with INHF events.

Program Support interns help write grants and assist with INHF events.

Passionate about conservation? Love to write? Apply to be our program support intern this summer! This intern plays a vital role at INHF by writing grants that will provide funding for on-the-ground land conservation. Continue reading

Meet Chris, INHF’s new landscape architecture intern

IMG_0118 copyJoin INHF in welcoming Chris Holmquist to the team!

Originally from Brookings, S.D., Chris is now a senior landscape architecture student at Iowa State University. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and basketball.

As the new landscape architecture intern, Chris will also help with project planning, regional analysis, mapping assistance and proposal writing. His work will focus not only on landscape architectural services but also on public engagement and sustainable design.

Chris started last week, and so far he’s been doing map-making work for the Iowa By Trail app. He looks forward to the rest of his time at INHF. “I’m excited to learn more about conservation.”



INHF welcomes new Communications Intern

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My name is Taylor Eisenhauer, and I’m very excited to be INHF’s new Communications Intern. Currently a sophomore at Drake University, I study magazine journalism, English, and rhetoric. I hail from the small town of Herrin, Ill., but Des Moines has definitely become my second home.

In my free time, I like to read and scroll through my social media feeds. When I’m outside, I enjoy playing tennis and talking walks. Walking clears my head, and I like to see what new things I can discover when I look close enough.

As a communications intern, I’ll work with the communications team to write news releases and magazine articles about INHF projects, assist with special events (like our annual Hagie Heritage Award), write blog posts, and update our website and social media.

I’m very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working with INHF!

If you have any questions (or just want to say hi), I can be reached at