Prairies once covered the Iowa landscape, but now they are rare and almost extinct in Iowa. Let's learn why prairies are important and how to care for them.

Prairies in Iowa

Prairies are awesome, wonderful, and important. Iowa was once almost entirely covered by prairies, but now they are rather rare in the state. They need protecting and cultivating, and you can help.


Why do you think prairies are awesome?

Prairie Types

Let's discover the different types of prairies found in Iowa.

Prairie Conservation

Scientists, like naturalists and biologists, are working to preserve remnant prairies and to reconstruct prairies in some areas where they were lost or destroyed.

Prairies Over Time 360°

Prairies change from season to season. Let's explore a prairie and see how it changes over time.


How do prairies change from season to season?

Discover Prairie Sites