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North American Prairie Conference Grant

COVID-19 Update
For the time being, preparations for the conference continue in hope that the COVID-19 outbreak will abate by July. The situation will continue to be evaluated as it develops, and any decision to postpone or restructure the event will be made prudently. Thank you for your understanding. 

The North American Prairie Conference will gather together some of the brightest minds in prairie conservation for America’s oldest and most celebrated native grassland conference on July 20-22, 2020 in Altoona, IA. The three-day event will include sessions on topics ranging from prairie protection, restoration and stewardship to education and engagement, field trips to outstanding prairies across Iowa, and ample opportunities to connect and network with fellow prairie enthusiasts. For more information, visit the North American Prairie Conference website.

Full-ride grants for students to attend the NAPC will be offered and awarded by Iowa Prairie Network. Successful applicants will receive free, three-day registration to attend the conference (valued at $130), and free camping accommodations at Yellow Banks Park in Pleasant Hill, IA.

Applications are due by June 19, 2020 at 4pm. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning March 30th, so please apply early. Successful grant applicants will be notified via email. To apply, ensure you meet the qualifications listed below, and then download and fill out the application form below and email it to






  • Must be a graduating high school student, college or university undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from a program in biology, botany, ecology, entomology, environmental science or a related field of study

  • 75% of the grants will be awarded to current or recently graduated undergraduate students, 25% to current or recently graduated graduate students (recently graduated being anytime including or after spring 2018).

  • Recent graduates must attach an unofficial transcript with their application, to verify the date of graduation.

  • Successful applicants cannot be receiving any additional funds to attend NAPC from their university or any other organization.

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