The Ottumwa Courier

December 12, 2013

Iowa's prairie heritage on display

Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — Americans and millions of people around the world will sit down to a meal sometime today courtesy of the prairies that once covered much of Iowa. The Wapello County Conservation Board invites visitors to experience the story of our prairie heritage through the exhibit “Tallgrass Prairie – Past, Present and Future,” which is on display at the Pioneer Ridge Nature Center now through Jan. 30, 2014.

The “Tallgrass Prairie” exhibit was produced by the Iowa Association of Naturalists with funds from the Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP–CEP), Living Roadway Trust Fund, Pheasants Forever, Iowa Trust for Local Conservation, theTallgrass Prairie Center – UNI and Truax Company.

Hands-on displays and interactive components will engage visitors in learning about the prairie landscape and native plant species. The philosophy of Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) is to invest in Iowa, our outdoors, our heritage and our people. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resource projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more. The Iowa Association of Naturalists promotes education about the natural and cultural environments.

For more information about the Prairie exhibit, call the Wapello County Conservation Board at 641-682-3091.