Sunday Field Sessions & Events

Sunday, June 5, 2022 | 6 AM-12 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")

Monona County Conservation Building/Arboretum

318 E. Iowa Ave

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


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 4

  • Bike Tour of the Loess Hills - Lance Brisbois [bike ride, hands on, older students & adults]     

  • Let’s Make a Loess Hills Prairie Seminar Video Part III - Tom Schoening [stay at camp, hands on, older students & adults] 

  • The Nature of Loess Soil - Erica Larson [short walk, hands on, all ages/kid-friendly]

  • Growing Up in the Loess Hills - Ron Butler

  • Loess Hills Conservation 101 - Graham McGaffin [short walk, youth/older students & adults]

  • The LoHi Trail: A Vision of Connectivity & Safe Passage through the Loess Hills - Kelly Madigan & Patrick Swanson [stay at camp, older students & adults]

  • Collecting, Documenting, & Pressing Plants - Rich Pope & Deb Lewis [stay at camp, hands on, older students & adults]

  • Bats of Iowa: Not Rats, Not Birds - Marlene Ehresman [stay at camp, hands on, all ages]

10:15-11:15 AM

S.O.A.R. Raptor Program - Kay Neumann

Join Kay at this year's S.O.A.R. Raptor Program and meet her birds, learn bird-of-pray behavior, and learn about some of the raptors that call the Loess Hills home. Due to the current outbreak of Avian Influenza in Iowa, S.O.A.R. will not be releasing any birds this year and will be bringing education birds for their program instead.

11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Sounding Our Place: Generative Writing Workshop - Debra Marquart

This generative writing session will encourage participants to reflect on, record, and document some of the insights and experiences gleaned during the conference. Using a word hoarding technique, Debra will lead participants through a series of creative prompts to encourage documentation of remembrances and storytelling.

1-3 PM

Sunday Afternoon Memorial Service for Tom Bruegger

Join us at the Monona County Conservation Building/Arboretum for a memorial service honoring Tom's legacy and for lunch, courtesy of the Bruegger family.