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Trees for the Bees: Support Wildlife this Arbor Day!

by Pollinator Specialist Jessica Butters

Want to get a jump on your garden plans? Maybe you’re thinking of adding some pollinator habitat. Perhaps you’ve finally decided to add a tree or two for shade.

7 Minute Read

Jerry Radke Leaves a Legacy

by PR & Marketing Coordinator Mike Kellner

Jerry Radke of Nevada, Iowa was known for his hard work and a “yes I can” attitude with a passion for improving soil and water quality. At Jerry’s request Prairie Rivers of Iowa received donations in his memory.

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Iowa Lands Prominent North American Prairie Conference

by PR & Marketing Coordinator Mike Kellner

Once in a while something big and potentially impactful happens that brings together people to address the issues of biodiversity, climate change, soil and water quality & more.

3 Minute Read

A Lincoln Highway Gem

by Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator Johnathan Sherwood

One of the gems of the Lincoln Highway in Iowa is the historic Lincoln Hotel in Lowden, Iowa in Cedar County. Following a complete restoration, the hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1996.

4 Minute Read

Christopher Barber Joins Prairie Rivers IA Board

by PR & Marketing Coordinator Mike Kellner

Chris Barber has been elected as Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s newest board member. We're looking forward to his expertise! 

4 Minute Read

Think Outside the HUCs

by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

Tracking progress of conservation projects with water monitoring is tricky, but we have some good news to share! You just need to think outside the box.

7 Minute Read

Featured Partner - Outdoor Alliance of Story County

by PR & Marketing Coordinator Mike Kellner

In 2022, the Outdoor Alliance formalized partnering with Prairie Rivers of Iowa on an ongoing basis.

2 Minute Q & A

Pollinator of the Month

Mining Bees

by Pollinator Specialist Jessica Butters

Mining bees are one of the first solitary bees to emerge! They nest underground and are solitary, meaning one female collects pollen and excavates nests all by herself. These bees can be picky eaters; planting a diverse set of early-blooming flowers will serve them well!

Clean Water Act: 50 Years, 50 Facts Video Shorts Episode 13

by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

Episode 13 - 90 Second Video
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Story County Water Quality Monitoring Update

by Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug

Prairie Rivers of Iowa and its partners are in the third year of monitoring streams in Story County. Weather whiplash returns! When we sampled on March 22, nitrate in many streams was already above 10 mg/L.

Full Monthly Update With Detailed Data Here

Prairie Rivers of Iowa Wish List

A fun and unique way to support our work is to contribute to our Wish List. Your special gift helps purchase the critical supplies we need to battle issues facing pollinators in Iowa and identify historic Properties along the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway in Iowa.

Yes I'd Like to Give to the PRI Wish List

Lincoln Highway Historic Property Survey

You are invited to participate in a first-of-its-kind survey assessing the preservation needs of historical properties and historic properties contributing to historic commercial districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places within five miles of the Lincoln Highway National Heritage Byway in Iowa. This needs assessment is being undertaken by the Ames-based nonprofit Prairie Rivers of Iowa (PRI) with funding from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Learn More And Take the Survey Here


Ames Water Pollution Control Facility Open House

Saturday, April 22, 2023, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ames Water Pollution Control Facility

56797 280th St, Ames Iowa

Visit here for details.

Life on the Lincoln Highway in Story County, 1910-1950 - A Presentation by Hank Zaletel

Thursday, April 27, 6 p.m.

Nevada Public Library

Visit here for more details.

Ioway Creek Cleanup

April 29, 2023, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ames, Iowa

Free Volunteer Event (Registration Required)

Visit here for details and registration.

Spring Water Quality Monitoring Snapshot

May 23, 2023

Ames, Iowa

Free Volunteer Event

Mark your calendars, more details to come.

North American Prairie Conference

Hosts: Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

June 26-29, The Meadows Event Center

Join prairie experts, enthusiasts, and more for America's oldest and most celebrated native grassland conference!

Visit here for more info and registration.

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