Rematriating Iowa’s Historical Prairie

Rematriating Iowa’s Historical Prairie: Combining Historical Management Techniques to Foster Modern Conservation

06.28 Buffalo

Wednesday, June 28 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Host: Shelley Buffalo

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 9981 Pacific St. | Prairie City, IA 50228

**RSVP: This event is at capacity.** However, anyone, even if not yet registered, is welcome to join at 12:30 p.m. for a prairie walk and rematriation discussion, and a tour of the Neal Smith Wildlife Center Museum.  

Join prairie rematriation advocate and consultant Shelley Buffalo of the Meskwaki Tribe as she leads attendees on a prairie tour. This field day will be held at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa, and will consist of an indoor nature center tour and an outdoor prairie walk. Shelley will discuss how to holistically manage prairie landscapes to support biodiversity. She will also discuss the cultural relevance Iowa’s prairie had, and still has, to the Meskwaki and other local Tribes. The outdoor trail is paved and wheelchair-accessible.

A lunch featuring Meskwaki traditional food will follow the indoor tour.

Sponsored by:

  • Prudenterra
  • Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN)

See & Discuss:

  • Prairie restoration
  • Cultural and historical prairie management
  • Fire management practices
  • Wildlife (bison, birds, insects and more)
  • Soil and water quality
  • Implementing historical practices for modern conservation

Location notes:

  • Attendees may park in front of the visitor center at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.