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.
Iowa County Conservation Boards - All 99 counties have a CCB, many of which have prairies.
Iowa State Preserves – Managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
National Wildlife Refuges in Iowa – Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service
Iowa Wildlife Management Areas - Iowa DNR
Prairies Listed by Iowa County
This is a list of prairies that have a webpage.
Black Hawk County
Buena Vista County
Des Moines County
Prairie Heritage Center
Palo Alto County
Van Buren County