UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center to host 2015 Iowa Prairie Conference

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015

Laura Jackson, director, Tallgrass Prairie Center, 319-273-2705,

Lindsay Cunningham, University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center will host the Iowa Prairie Conference July 16 through18.

The theme of the conference is "Working Prairies," which is a reflection of the evolving role of prairie in the landscape. Featured speakers include Doug Ladd, land stewardship director of the Nature Conservancy's Missouri Chapter, and Lisa Schulte-Moore, associate professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University.

Three symposia are also scheduled for the conference: "Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management," chaired by Kristine Nemec; "Writing the Tallgrass Prairie," chaired by John Price; and "40+ Years of Prairie Preservation and Restoration," chaired by Pauline Drobney and Laura Jackson, and organized to commemorate the decades of prairie work by Daryl Smith, advocate and founder of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center. Field trips to area prairies will be held on July 18.

Registration fees prior to July 6 are $80 for regular attendees, $60 for students and $40 daily. The commercial exhibitor registration fee is $200; the registration fee for educational and nonprofit groups is $140. Lodging options are available at Panther Village, the many hotels in Cedar Falls, and the camping and RV parks in the area.

Located at 2412 W. 27th St., the Tallgrass Prairie Center was established at UNI in 1999 and uses 65 acres of campus land. The center has many programs and projects that exemplify the theme of "Working Prairie." For a list of all programs and projects, visit

For further information, a full schedule of events or to register for the conference, visit