Native Prairie Restoration

The Native Prairie Restoration is located across Peach Avenue from the Cafferty Building. Re-establishment of this four-acre site as prairie was begun in 1992 as an educational tool for native plant identification and cultivation, seed collection and other aspects of prairie management. A mowed walking path facilitates movement through the area. Prairie seed of local provenance was obtained from Dorothy Baringer of Woodbine, Iowa. Management of the planting includes periodic burning. Over the past two decades since its establishment, additional species have reappeared including Turk’s Cap Lily.

Please see the following file (Iowa Arboretum Prairie Reconstruction Assessment) for additional information about the reconstructed prairie. This assessment was put together by Bailey Johanson, a 2010 Drake University student with additional guidance from Dr. Tom Rosburg.