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Hello Friends,

It has been a great pleasure to see the dedication and hard work put in by Board, staff, and you as we work every day to fulfill our mission to educate and inspire Iowans about our natural resources. We do this in a number of ways; one tactic we are excited to bring back is the Local Food Cycle, a culinary bike ride. Bringing bicyclists, farmers, and local foods to the fore front while having a fantastic time. Read more about it in our article below.

This newsletter will keep you informed about all the interesting work happening at Prairie Rivers of Iowa and we hope you will be inspired to share your passion about one of our conservation programs. We hope you will pass this email along to a friend who also might consider learning and engaging more in our programs.

We would not be able to accomplish all that we do without your generous contributions of time, money and resources.
Thank you for helping Prairie Rivers of Iowa,
Penny Brown Huber, Executive Director
Local Food Cycle - a culinary bike ride

The Local Food Cycle is a special event where bike riders tour local farms, meet farmers and eat delicious culinary delights prepared by area chefs. This years ride is through eastern Story County.
  • $55 per rider
  • $35 for College Students

Sign up for the Local Food Cycle Aug. 30th

By Prairie Rivers of Iowa
We are excited to announce that the second Annual Local Food Cycle will be taking place August 30th this year. It is a time to celebrate healthy sustainable food systems in Central Iowa, where you live. Riders visit farms and savor local foods prepared by area chefs...[Read More Here]

Cost Share Available for Squaw Creek

By Hanna Bates,
Watershed Coordinator
Prairie Rivers of Iowa is working with the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offices to provide funding for cost-share for conservation practices to farmers in the Squaw ...[Read More Here]

Board Spotlight

Featuring Board President,
Reed Riskedahl
This month we chose to feature one of our Board members and we thought what better place to start then our newly elected Board President. Learn more about him and why he has gotten involved with Prairie Rivers of Iowa....[Read More Here]

Looking to Hire Several Positions

By Prairie Rivers of Iowa
We are always growing here at Prairie Rivers of Iowa. We have 4 new positions, 3 part time and 1 full time, right now that we are looking to fill. Please visit our Job Openings page on our website to learn more about each spot. Please share with those you may think would be interested...[Read More Here]

Summer on the Lincoln Highway

By Jan Gammon,
Lincoln Highway Coordinator
Summer has been a busy time along the Byway! I did make it to the Mahanay Bell Tower Festival in Jefferson and rode the elevator 120 feet up to the observation deck of the 14-story Tower. What a view!! It gave me a whole...[Read More Here]

June was Invasive Species Awarness Month in Iowa

By Shane Donegan,
Urban Forester

Governor Terry Branstad proclaimed June as Invasive Species Awareness Month as a way to draw attention to the threat Iowa’s woodlands, wild lands and waterways are under from unwanted pests....[Read More Here]

Plans for a new cabin in Hamilton County

By Prairie Rivers of Iowa
Hamilton County Conservation Board (HCCB) now has some of the most beautiful cabins available to rent in the north central Iowa region. They started this journey over three years ago and continue to make progress. Hamilton County Conservation Board looks to purchase...[Read More Here]

That Chautauqua Thing on October 3-4 by the Legacy Learning Boone River Valley

By Legacy Learning Center
For many older Iowans, Chautauqua is not a new word. But some, you may have never heard of the word Chautauqua! In the early 1900's, Chautauqua was a popular multi-county gathering, where folks would travel to attend the popular assembly....[Read More Here]

Iowa Lincoln Highway Association Launches New Website

By Prairie Rivers of Iowa
Working with the ILHA is not new to us as the Lincoln Heritage Byway is one of our programs. One new way we assisted the Association this summer was by hosting a Lincoln Highway Association Intern and assisting them on projects for the....[Read More Here]

Gardens, Gardens Everywhere!

By Kellie Engelman,
Local Foods Coordinator
This spring considerable effort has been put forth to collaborate with partners and install gardens all across Story, Boone, and Hardin counties. To date, we have 4 gardens in: Story County Medical,....[Read More Here]

Welcome Hanna, our Watershed Coordinator

By Prairie Rivers of Iowa
Hanna Bates is our new Watershed Coordinator. She will be working on the Squaw Creek Watershed, assisting farmers on their soil and water conservation practices, and much more. Read about her on our staff page....[Read More Here]

Local Food Cycle on KCWI Channel 23

By Prairie Rivers of Iowa
We were fortune enough to be a guest on KCWI Channel 23 Great Day show on Friday August 14th. Jessica Johnson, Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s Marketing Coordinator and Emily ....[Read More Here]
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