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Friday Evening Events

Friday, May 31, 2024 | 4-10 PM

For our indoor events this evening, please come to:

West Monona High School

1314 15th Street

Onawa, IA 51040

The address for our outdoor seminar site is:

Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area

178th St. & Oak Ave

Castana, IA

(On Google Maps, type in "Loess Hills Prairie Seminar Campsite")

Please click the button below for more information about workshop facilitators/speakers and in-depth event descriptions.


PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is from our 2023 gathering. Some events and specific offerings may remain the same in 2024, while others may change or may be replaced by new workshops. Thank you for your patience as we create our 2024 schedule.

4 PM

Doors Open

Items for the silent auction can be dropped off and exhibits/vendors can set up booths.

5 PM


Public can enter and view silent auction items, exhibits, and vendor booths.

6-8:30 PM

Children's Programs

  • 6-7 PM: Kids Craft Program - Connie Betts

  • 7-7:45 PM: Activity Session - YMCA

  • 7:45-8:45 PM: Animals of the Prairie - Chuck Hopp

  • 7:45-8:45 PM: My Patchwork Prairie - Northwest Iowa Group Sierra Club

6 PM

Welcoming Words

Welcome to this year's seminar! Thank you for joining us and for your continued support!

6:05-7:05 PM

Loess Hills Organizations Updates

  • 6:05-6:15: Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area and G.R.A.S.S. - Doug Chafa

  • 6:15-6:25: Loess Hills Alliance - Rich Pope

  • 6:25-6:35: Loess Hills State Forest - Jeff Seago

  • 6:35-6:45: Golden Hills RC&D - Lance Brisbois

  • 6:45-6:55: The Nature Conservancy - Graham McGaffin

  • 6:55-7:05: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation - Kody Wohlers

7:05-7:25 PM

Little Sioux Scout Ranch Announcement

A special announcement presented by Kody Wohlers and Abby Terpstra of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

7:30-7:45 PM


Check out our silent auction items, exhibits, and vendor booths.

7:45-8:15 PM

Tending Iowa's Land: A New Book on Iowa's Environmental Problems and Their Solutions - Connie Mutel

Tending Iowa's Land: Pathways to a Sustainable Future is the first book to examine all categories of Iowa's major environmental problems, their interacting complexities, and solutions for restoring nature's resilience. Connie Mutel, editor, will introduce the book and its major themes, which was written by her and 28 contributing authors.

8:15 PM

Ending Announcements & Adjourn

When ready, please drive to the seminar site for a special keynote presentation of a nighttime prescribed fire event.

8:30 PM

Nighttime Prescribed Fire Event - Iowa DNR Missouri River Wildlife Unit

This event will take place at the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area. More information to come.

9 PM

Campground Activities - Tyler Ruge

Join us at the campsite for nighttime activities, music, & s'mores!

10 PM

Campsite Quiet Hours Begin

LHPS offerings resume on Saturday morning at 6 AM.

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