2016 calendars have arrived!

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Each year, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation releases a calendar that highlights Iowa’s beautiful, natural landscapes. The 2016 calendars have arrived!

The calendar is filled with fun: 60 dates of Iowa events like RAGBRAI and the Iowa State Fair, plus lots of nature events for all ages taking place throughout Iowa. The calendar is always designed by a Robert R. Buckmaster graphic design intern. This years designer is Phong Doung, a Drake University recent graduate.

Calendars are $12 and can be purchased online. Members: Use the discount code “acornlove” for 10% off your order!

If you are one of our 7,000+ members and have given $25 or more this year, you will receive your calendar in the mail soon! Continue reading

Picture perfect prairies

A tour participant photographs a wood lily at the Stinson Prairie State Preserve.

A tour participant photographs a wood lily at Stinson Prairie State Preserve.

On Saturday, June 27, INHF president Joe McGovern led tours of three prairies in Kossuth County, co-sponsored by INHF, the Iowa Native Plant Society and the Iowa Prairie Network.

INHF vice president and development director Anita O’Gara and land stewardship director Erin Van Waus also attended the tours. “The neat thing about the day is that we had a variety of attendees – people who know prairie really well, those that enjoy photography and those that haven’t ever set foot on a prairie,” Van Waus said. “So it was a nice mix of attendees of all ages.” Continue reading

National Geographic celebrates 125 years of exploration

1964 | TANZANIA A touching moment between primatologist and National Geographic grantee Jane Goodall and young chimpanzee Flint at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Reserve. Photo by Hugo van Lawick

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A touching moment between primatologist and National Geographic grantee Jane Goodall and young chimpanzee Flint at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Reserve.
Photo by Hugo van Lawick

National Geographic is famous for captivating its readers and audience with its daring explorations, riveting stories and breathtaking photography. Last week, the organization celebrated its 125th birthday by taking us back in time to some of its most memorable moments. Continue reading

More Fall Photo Submissions

Today we’re bringing you even more reader submitted photos that help illustrate the true beauty of the season in Iowa.This beautiful autumn photo was captured by Kevin Railsback at the Indian Creek Nature Center.

“Fall color isn’t as great as it is in some other years but there’s still some great spots, you just have to look a little harder.” – Kevin Railsback

Do you have your own fantastic fall photos? Send them our way!

Fall Photo Submissions

We asked and you answered! A big thank you to Matt Hauge for capturing this shot at the Whiterock Conservancy.

“I caught [this shot] recently at Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids. I thought the cirrus clouds were so gorgeous that day. Cirrus clouds signal a change in weather, so they’re a perfect sign that late summer has become early fall.” – Matt Hauge