Program and Conference Schedule
2013 Iowa Prairie Conference
Prairies on the Edge
Location: Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Thursday, July 18
Registration--Valders Hall of Science concourse (5:00-9:00 p.m.)
Exhibitors/Vendors may be set up during this registration time
Dinner on your own
Luther Natural Areas Hikes --7:00 p.m. A walking tour of the Luther College natural areas including forests, reconstructed prairies, and the Upper Iowa River. Led by Molly McNicoll, Luther College Natural Areas Land Manager and Natural Areas Land Management Interns.
Friday, July 19
Morning--poster session and concurrent 45 minute talks (topics)
7:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.--Registration in the Valders Hall of Science concourse, along with poster presentations, exhibits, and vendors
7:00-8:30 a.m.--Continental breakfast, included with registration
8:30-9:15 a.m.--Concurrent talks
9:15-10:00 a.m.--Concurrent talks
10:00-10:30 a.m.--Break, refreshments included with registration
10:30-11:15 a.m.--Concurrent talks
11:15 a.m.-12 noon--Concurrent talks
Lunch (Noon- 1 p.m.)--included with registration
Afternoon Field Trip Options (1:00-5:00 p.m.)
- Option 1: Chipera Prairie (Winneshiek County Conservation Board)
- Option 2: Prairie Song Farm (Dr. Mike Osterholm)
- Option 3: on your own, e.g., Decorah's Trout Run Trail (bring your bike!)
5:30-6:30 pm - Exhibitor/vendor/poster presentation session
7:00 p.m.--Banquet with program and awards and plenary speaker in Peace Dining Room, followed by social time with music provided by Decorah's Bread and Butter String Band and open cash bar.
Banquet Plenary Speaker: “What Good is a Hill Prairie? Economic, Cultural and Ecological Benefits” Angella Moorehouse, Natural Areas Preservation Specialist, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
Saturday, July 20
7:00-7:45 a.m.--Continental Breakfast, included with registration
7:45 a. m.--Load buses
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.--all day field trip to hill prairie sites in Allamakee County, including visits to Sand Cove, Heritage Valley, and the Mile Long/Solitaire Ridge Prairie. Registration includes a sack lunch, water, and snacks. Buses will return to Decorah by 5 p.m.
The Iowa Prairie Conference concludes at the end of the Saturday field trips. Supper is not provided.