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2024 Winter Seminar
Prairies: Growing and Changing

2024 IPN Winter Seminar

February 24th, 2024
Ames High School, Ames, IA

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9am Registration

9:45am - 11:15am Morning Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

11:15 - 12:00pm Lunch

12:00pm - 5:15pm Full group afternoon sessions

Here's a few tips to help make the most of your day! 

  • Space will be limited at two of the morning sessions, Thistle Identification and Storytelling to Communicate Prairies. The third, Urban Conservation: Creating Habitat with Native Plants, will be held in the auditorium where there is plenty of room. If you are interested in Thistles or Storytelling, we recommend getting to the room early to save a seat. We'll close the doors once the session is full. 

  • CASH is king! Free will donations will be accepted to cover lunch expenses, and cash is greatly appreciated. Cards will be accepted, but since we only have one card reader, cash will speed up the process. $10 is suggested. 

  • Please help us limit waste and reduce environmental impact by bringing your own reusable mug and/or water bottle. 

  • Silent Auction will accept cash, check or card. All attendees are welcome to bring an item to contribute to the silent auction. Simply bring it to the silent auction area when you arrive. The silent auction is IPN's biggest annual fundraiser - this year we are raising funds for Drake Prairie Rescue.

  • We hope to record all auditorium sessions and make them available on YouTube, but since we're in a new space and not technology professionals, we make no promises on the availability or quality of the recording. We will not be offering Zoom this year.

Please join us on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Ames High School for Iowa Prairie Network's Annual Winter Seminar. We welcome you, your friends and family to learn about Iowa's endangered prairie ecosystem and the plants and animals that rely on it!


The theme this year is "Prairies: Growing and Changing". We have a full agenda and a great lineup of speakers who will share their knowledge and expertise on topics ranging from climate change, old growth prairies, invasive species and more. As a special guest, we are welcoming Jeremy French from Tennessee, representing the Southeastern Grasslands Institute.


The seminar is free and open to the public. Our sponsor, Outdoor Alliance of Story County will provide lunch for a $10 suggested donation. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you prefer. 


Finally, the seminar is more than a seminar, it is a fundraiser!! A silent auction will be held to raise funds for Drake Prairie Rescue to fund students learning and working on the land to restore prairies. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item or experience to contribute to the silent auction fundraiser. If you have any questions about the fundraiser, please contact Carman Rosburg at


If you are interested in having an exhibitor/vendor booth at this event, please contact Kelly Jacobs at for more information. In lieu of a booth fee, we ask exhibitors to bring an item to contribute to the silent auction.


For all other questions, feel free to respond to this email or reach out to Laura Miner directly at

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Getting to the New Ames High School

  • 1801 Ridgewood Ave, Ames, IA 50010 (See attached map for Ames and high school location)

  • On Ridgewood Ave, follow the signs for "Main Entrance/Student Drop Off". You are welcome to drop off passengers in the drop off lane if desired, then proceed to park anywhere in the main parking lot.  (See map showing the main entrance (yellow star), parking lane (red), and parking lot.)

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