Find a Prairie

It is estimated that less than 0.1% of Iowa's original prairie remains. A majority of Iowa was once covered with prairie. The few scattered remnants left are often overlooked in the vast sea of row crops and non-native species that have been planted everywhere. Some remnants exist in pastures that have never been plowed, some in road ditches, and some in pioneer cemeteries. Work is ongoing to identify, and hopefully protect, those few remnants that remain.

This site is offered to help people get in touch with their environment. In order for people to care about preserving what's left, they must first know what they have. If people are to care about the plight of the prairie, they must be able to see, and if not understand it, at least revel in its' beauty.

Remember to ask permission if a remnant is on private land. Prairie plants are wonderful to view in the wild. Removing them from their native habitat robs all of us of their beauty and our natural heritage. They are also hard to transplant, and most often die. Therefore, they are best left in their native state for all to enjoy, so please don't remove any plants from a remnant.

Do you own, or have located a prairie remnant? Would like to showcase that special place to the people of Iowa? Contact us and we will add it here.

Iowa Prairies by Agency or Organization

Not all of these areas are prairies, but all harbor some of Iowa's rarest plants and ecosystems.

Prairies Listed by Iowa County

This is a list of prairies that have a webpage.

Adair County

Adams County

Allamakee County

Black Hawk County


Boone County


Buchanan County

Butler County


Carroll County

Cass County


Cedar County


Cerro Gordo


Clinton County


Cherokee County


Clay County

Crawford County


Dallas County

Dickinson County


Dubuque County


Emmet County

Fayette County

Fremont County

Greene County


Grundy County


Guthrie County


Hardin County

Harrison County

Howard County


Iowa County

Jasper County

Jefferson County

Johnson County

Kossuth County

Lucas County

Lyon County

Mahaska County

Madison County

Marion County

Mills County

Monona County


Montgomery County


Marshall County

O'Brien County


Page County


Palo Alto County

Plymouth County


Pocahontas County


Polk County


Poweshiek County

Pottawatamie County


Ringgold County

Scott County

Shelby County

Sioux County


Story County


Taylor County

Wapello County

Warren County


Webster County


Woodbury County

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