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Iowa Prairie Conference 2021

Prairie Kinship

Hosted by The Iowa Prairie Network
The Iowa Prairie Conference Planning Committee

The Iowa Prairie Conference is a bi-annual conference held on odd years throughout the state of Iowa. The conference has been ongoing for over twenty years and past hosts include the University of Northern Iowa, Luther College, Central College, Iowa Lakes Community College and more. Due to continued cautions with the Coronavirus the Iowa Prairie Conference will be very different this year. Although we are not requiring a fee to register, we are allowing free will donations. Our suggested amount is $10.00, but feel free to donate whatever amount is best for you. The donations collected will go towards ensuring the Iowa Prairie Conference continues in 2023 and beyond! Thank you!

Saturday July 31st

Join us virtually to hear from a diverse lineup of speakers. A number of important conversation topics will be covered. Register here, and check out the agenda below! Registration closed July 23.


12:00 - 12:05: Welcome -- Sarah Nizzi

12:10 - 1:05: End-Stage Iowa: Big-Ag’s Sacrifice Zone and Indigenous Resistance -- Sikowis (Christine Nobiss)

1:05 - 2:00: Conservation Ain’t Gonna Work If No One Cares But Us -- Chris Helzer

2:00 - 2:10: Break

2:10 - 2:35: The Status of Remnant Prairie Dependent Butterflies in Iowa’s Most Intact Prairie Landscape, the Loess Hills Ecoregion -- Stephanie Shepherd

2:35 - 3:00: Connecting to Our Natural Heritage Through the Lens of Public Art -- Reinaldo D. Correa

3:00 - 3:05: Break

3:05 – 4:00: Virtual Social Time on Zoom

4:00 – 5:00: Keynote Address: Recollections and Reflections of a Half Century of Prairie Activities in Iowa -- Dr. Daryl Smith

5:00: Closing Remarks -- Michelle Biodrowski

Sunday August 1st

Connect with us on a prairie! Field trips will be offered in each IPN region. Click here to see field trip information and to register! Registration deadline is July 23.

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