Boots On The Ground Conservation

Our mission is to restore and manage native grasslands.

NIPE 2016 Seed Picking Schedule

Date - Place - Start

8-30 (Tu) Casper Bluff 9 am
8-31 (W) Wapello 9 am

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9-1 (Th) Lonetree Farm 9 am
9-2 (F) Hanley Savanna 9 am
9-2 (F) Gateway Park 9 am
9-6 (Tu) Casper Bluff 9 am
9-8 (Th) Gateway Park 9 am
9-9 (F) Hanley Savanna 9 am
9-12 (M) Lonetree/Twin Ponds 9 am
9-13 (Tu) Casper Bluff 9 am
9-15 (Th) Gateway Park 9 am
9-16 (F) Wapello Reserve 9 am
9-19 (M) Hanley Savanna 9 am
9-20 (Tu) Casper Bluff 9 am
9-21 (W) Lonetree Farm 9 am
9-22 (Th) Gateway Park 9 am
9-24 (Sa) Lonetree Farm 9 am
9-26 (M) Hanley Savanna 9 am
9-28 (W) Wapello Reserve 9 am
9-30 (F) Hanley Savanna 9 am

10-3 (M) Stewardship Park 9 am
10-4 (Tu) Casper Bluff 9 am
10-6 (Th) Gateway Park 9 am
10-10 (M) LT, TB, Elmo & TP 9 am
10-11 (Tu) Casper Bluff 9 am
10-14 (F) Hanley Savanna 9 am

October 15 through 30


Schedule Updates

General Info: You will receive instructions on what to pick. Sessions generally last 3 hours. You are welcome to leave at any time. It is very useful for you to arrive on time, so you will not need to search for us in the field. Attire: Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, long pants, a wide-brim hat, and gardening gloves. Bring: Sun screen, bug repellent, and a bottle of water. Bring your own clippers and picking bag if you have them.

Schedule Updates

Dates and location will change due to weather conditions. To be kept informed all season long, join our email list by sending an email to Laura. Call Laura (815-947-2720/ 815-541-8958) or Barb (815-275-5175) for further information.

Prairie STRIPS for pollinators...and farmers


Despite a reduction in plant diversity that comes with the production of corn and soybeans, there may still be biodiversity that could respond to conservation efforts. So, what kind of insect pollinators are commonly found in corn and soybean fields?

The most abundant insects found in corn and soybean fields are solitary, ground-nesting bees, accounting for 65% of the insects collected from both crops. Honey bees and bumble bees accounted for only 0.5 percent of all insects captured.

STRIPS, which stands for Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips, began in the fall of 2003 at a single site at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City. Today, STRIPS personnel have helped 18 farmers across Iowa and northern Missouri install native prairie on their fields, unlocking a range of conservation benefits such as cleaner water, healthier soil and new wildlife habitat.

So, how do you design a prairie which will be part of a corn field? Read more...