Saturday Field Sessions & Events

Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 6 AM-10 PM

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")

For our indoor events this evening, please come to:

Onawa Community Center

320 10th St

Onawa, IA​

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



PLEASE NOTE: This information is still being updated & finalized. All events are subject to change.

6-7 AM

Birding Walk for All Ages - Mark, Ed, and Lee Brogie

Meet at the campground parking lot for a short bird walk. Some binoculars are provided.

7-8 AM

Yoga - Amanda Rush

Enjoy a morning yoga class in the heart of the Loess Hills.

7-8 AM


First come, first serve. We will provide yogurt, granola bars, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, and pastries and coffee from Downtown Coffee and Cream.

8:15-10:10 AM

Breakout Session 1

  • Bird Tour by Auto - Sessions 1 & 2 (with option to return to camp at 10:15AM) - Ed, Mark, & Lee Brogie [all ages, short walk/driving, hands on]

  • Turin Man Discovery Tour - Sessions 1 & 2 - Ron Butler [drive and short hike, all ages]  

  • Woody Plants for Beginners - Brian Hazlett [short walk, all ages]

  • Loess Hills Bryophytes - Bill Zales [short walk, youth/older students and adults]

  • Nature Awareness & the Art of Mentoring - Chuck Hopp [stay in camp, short walk, all ages/kid-friendly, hands on]

  • Lewis & Clark in the Loess Hills - Dennis Leonard [stay in camp, all ages]

  • Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids - Dr. Tom Rosburg & Averie Miller [short walk, all ages, hands on]

  • Prairie Photography - Don Poggensee [short walk, adults and children over 12, hands on]

  • Loess Hills Habitats & Birds: How Does Management Impact Species Composition? - Anna Buckhardt & Doug Chafa [long walk, all ages, hands on]

10:15 AM - 12:10 PM

Breakout Session 2

  • Auto Bird Tour - Sessions 1 & 2 (with option to return to camp at 10:15AM) - Ed, Mark, & Lee Brogie [all ages, short walk/driving, hands on]

  • Climb/Hike Turin Hill - Sessions 1 & 2 - Ron Butler [drive/short hike, all ages]

  • Amphibians & Reptiles of the Loess Hills - Dan Fogell [camp, all ages/kid-friendly, hands on) 

  • The 1820 Route of Stephen Watts Kearny through Iowa - Larry Grill & Glenn Pollock [camp, all ages]

  • Let’s Make a Loess Hills Prairie Seminar Video I - Tom Schoening [camp, older students/adults, hands on]

  • Growing Your Relationship with Creation - Michael Wandbi Gdeska O'Connor (Spotted Eagle) [camp, youth/older students and adults]

  • Loess Hills Mammals - Bill Zales [camp, all ages, hands on]

  • Who’s Your Neighbor? A Plant’s-Eye View of the Prairie - Deb Lewis [short walk, youth/older students and adults, hands on]

  • Digital Images - Don Poggensee [camp, youth/older students and adults]

  • Primitive Hunting Tools: Atlatl - Tyler Flammang & Shayne Bennett [Camp, youth/older students and adults, hands on]

  • Insect Safari - Kari Sandage & Intern [short walk, all ages/kid-friendly, hands on]

12:15-1:10 PM


Loaded baked potato bar by Stacie at Ada J's

1:15-4 PM

Breakout Session 3

  • Let’s Make a Loess Hills Prairie Seminar Video Part II (Loess Hills WMA and Onawa Community Center) - Tom Schoening [older students and adults, hands on]

  • Kayaking & Fishing in the Loess Hills (Madigan Pond) - Andrea Porter, Katie Hoeppner, and/or Josh Schaben and/or Tyler Ruge [all ages, drive/short walk, hands on]

  • Introduction to Archery - Butch Bowman & Cheryl Buntsma [camp, youth/older students and adults, hands on]

  • Persuasive Writing on Behalf of Natural Resources - Larry Stone & Karen Grimes [camp, older students and adults]

  • Half Session 1:15-2:45PM: Whooo’s There? - Connie Betts [camp, all ages/kid-friendly, hands on]

  • Half Session 2:45-4PM: Insects--The Art & Science of Observation - Amy Plettner [short walk, all ages/kid-friendly, hands on]

  • The Hidden Past of the South Jordan Cemetery (drive to cemetery) - Judy Ehlers (drive/short walk, older students and adults)

  • Tuuli Farm Pasture Walk - Stennie Nelson (drive/long walk, all ages, hands on)

  • Prairie Flora of the Loess Hills - Dr. Tom Rosburg (long walk, older students and adults, hands on)

4:15 PM

Travel for Dinner

Dinner at the Onawa Community Center.

4:30-6 PM


Catering provided by JUGGS BBQ in Onawa, IA

5-6 PM

Doors Open for Evening Offerings

Bid on items in our silent auction to support LHPS. View exhibits and vendor booths.

6-8:30 PM

Children's Programs

  • 6-6:45 PM: Prehistoric Life of the Loess Hills - Ron Butler

  • 6:45-7:30 PM: Activity Session - YMCA

  • 7:30-8:20 PM: Animals of the Prairie - Chuck Hopp

  • 7:30-8:20 PM: My Patchwork Prairie - Northwest Iowa Group Sierra Club

6 PM


Larry Stone will introduce our second evening of speaking events.

6:05-6:30 PM

“On Common Ground”: A Multidisciplinary Convergence in Iowa’s Northern Loess Hills - Brian Hazlett

By convening artists, writers, and naturalists to share space and stories, “On Common Ground” intends to promote the stewardship of Iowa’s Loess Hills by fostering greater awareness of and appreciation for this exceptional natural landscape through print and digital media while exemplifying how place-based experience invigorates collaboration among the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences.

6:35-7 PM

2022 LHPS Video Viewing

Tom Schoening will share video content that his sessions' attendees and he co-created to reflect this year's seminar experience.

7-7:15 PM


Final bidding for silent auction, which concludes at 7:15 PM.

7:15-8 PM

Keynote: “Healing the Wild”: A Celebration of the Preservation Work of Marlene Ehresman, Iowa Wildlife Center - Debra Marquart

For over three decades, Marlene Ehresman has worked in prairie restoration and in conservation in the state of Iowa with organizations such as the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Iowa Wildlife Center, which she now runs as the sole staff member, overseeing the work of dozens of volunteers to fulfill the IWC’s mission of rescue, care, and education. Join us for this profile of Ms. Ehresman’s work and celebration of her years of commitment to conservation and preservation.

8 PM

Closing Remarks and Thank You

Parents, please pick up your children from our children’s programming at this time.

9 PM

Campground Activities - Ron Butler

Join us back at the LHPS campsite for nighttime activities. S'mores ingredients provided.

9-10 PM

Frogs and Toads of the Loess Hills and Vicinity - Dan Fogell

Description to come.

10 PM

Campsite Quiet Hours Begin

LHPS offerings will resume on Sunday at 6 AM.