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Sunday Field Sessions & Events

Sunday, June 2, 2024 | 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")

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.

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 - Theresa Dehn

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

7-8 AM


First come, first serve. Provided by Downtown Coffee & Cream. Menu information to come.

8:15-10:10 AM

Breakout Session 4

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

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

  • How to Use Keys to Identify Plants - Rich Pope & Deb Lewis [campsite, hands on, older students & adults]

  • The Natural Hissstory & Other Fassscinating Factsss about Iowa'sss Sssnakes - Marlene Ehresman & Terry VanDeWalle [campsite, hands on, all ages]

  • Backpacking 101 - Jane Grace O’Connell [campsite, hands on, all ages]

10:30-11:30 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.

11:30-11:45 AM

End of Seminar Programming

Final Thank you and Ending Announcements

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