2022 Winter Meeting
2022 Winter Meeting--Iowa Prairies: Educate, Advocate, Celebrate!
RESCHEDULED to Saturday, March 19, 2022
9:30 am – 5:10 pm
Drake University Parents Hall
The Meeting is free and open to the public but registration is requested. The meeting will be held in-person, with an option to join virtually. If you think there is a chance you will attend virtually, please check the box on the registration form so that you receive the link and instructions.
The doors and registration open at 9:30am.
Vendor booths will be open all day in central Parents Hall.
Masks are required to be worn during the meeting. Masks will be available for anyone who does not bring one. Thank you for your understanding.
10am - 11:20 am: 3 concurrent morning sessions
Only option C will be available for viewers joining on Zoom.
A - Herbicide Application for Land Managers 101 - Room 312/313 with Lael Neal, Natural Resource Technician, Polk County Conservation
B - Sunflower Identification and Ecology - Room 310/311 with Dr. Tom Rosburg, Professor, Drake University and Deb Lewis, Ada Hayden Herbarium Curator
C - Practical Ideas for Successful Prairie Reconstruction - North Parents Hall with Carl Kurtz, land manager, author, photographer
11:20 to 12:15: Lunch break
12:15pm - 5:00pm: Afternoon sessions
All afternoon sessions will be held in North Parents Hall.
All afternoon presentations will be available virtually on Zoom.
12:15 - 12:25 Welcome Address, Tabitha Panas, IPN President
12:25 - 12:35 Silent Auction Fundraising Recipient: Bur Oak Land Trust, Jason Taylor, Executive Director
12:35 - 1:25 Engeldinger Marsh History and Protection, Loren Lown, Polk County Conservation, retired
1:25 - 1:55 Break - visit silent auction + vendors
1:55 - 2:10 Loess Hills Preservation Society Vincent Bluff State Preserve Update, Michelle Biodrowski
2:10 - 3:00 Saving Prairies from the Brink
1. The Armstrong Prairie Salvage Project, Dr. Daryl Smith, Professor Emeritus, University of Northern Iowa
2. The Science Behind the Van Oel Prairie Transplant, Dr. Tom Rosburg, Professor, Drake University
3:00 - 3:30 Break - visit silent auction + vendors
3:30 - 3:35 Tribute to Jimmie Thompson
3:35 - 4:15 Legislative Update and Natural Resource Advocacy, Joe McGovern, President, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
4:15 - 4:40 Break - last chance to visit silent auction + vendors
4:40 - 5:00 Prairie Photography Presentation, Larry Stone, nature photographer + writer 5:00 - 5:10 Closing remarks, Tabitha Panas, IPN President
From the East and North: At the northeast edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go west around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 west for about seven miles and exit on Exit 6 for 31st Street toward Historic Site/Terrace Hill. Turn right (north) onto 31st Street. Follow the road for one-half mile, then turn right (east) onto University Avenue. Travel a couple blocks on University Avenue until you reach Drake’s campus.
From the West and South: At the southwest edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go east around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 east for about seven miles and exit on Exit 6 for 31st Street toward Historic Site/Terrace Hill. Turn right (north) onto 31st Street. Follow the road for one-half mile, then turn right (east) onto University Avenue. Travel a couple blocks on University Avenue until you reach Drake’s campus.
Parking is in the Olmsted Visitors Lot, 2875 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311 Look for the “IPN Event” signs Preregister to get a free parking permit emailed to you. The parking permit must be displayed in the front window of your vehicle. Extra parking permits will be available at the door