Americans and millions of people around the world will sit down to a meal sometime today courtesy of prairies that once covered much of Iowa.
Come and experience the story of our prairie heritage through the exhibit "Tallgrass Prairie - Past, Present and Future."
This museum quality display is making its way through the state. The Prairie Heritage Center is located two miles east of Sutherland and one mile north of Iowa Hwy. 10 on Yellow Avenue will be the first western Iowa location to host the exhibit since it began traveling earlier this year.
Hands-on displays and interactive components will engage visitors in learning about prairie landscape and native plant species. Visitors to the center will also be invited to become personally involved in preservation and restoration of the prairie ecosystem. Special events such as a snowshoe hike across a native prairie and a photography presentation depicting the many colors of the prairie will be held during the exhibit's stay in our area.
The goal of the exhibit is to have visitors leave with a better understanding of the story of Iowa's prairie heritage. By viewing the exhibit, visitors can become aware of, enjoy and take action in enhancing Iowa prairies.
The Tallgrass Prairie exhibit was produced by the Iowa Association of Naturalists with funds from the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) - Conservation Education Program, Living Roadway Trust Fund, Pheasants Forever, Iowa Trust for Local Conservation, the Tallgrass Prairie Center - UNI, and Truax Company.
Many conservation boards and supporting agencies throughout the state also contributed to this project.
Make plans to view this display at the Prairie Heritage Center from Nov. 15 -- Jan. 6, 2011. The Center's hours are Wednesday -- Friday from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 712-295-7200.