Saturday, April 27, 2013


ONAWA, Iowa - The public is invited to the 37th Annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar May 31-June 2, at the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area, northeast of Onawa. There is no fee to attend.

There are more than 40 field sessions and programs covering many topics for participants of all ages. The seminar began in 1977 as part of the Western Hills, now Northwest, Area Education Agency's role in
providing education and training for K-12 educators in the areas of conservation, environmental and science education.

The seminar is regularly attended by 250 to 300 adults and students each year. Participants may attend all of or any part of the seminar’s indoor programs or field sessions. Registration is necessary only if requesting meals or requesting the Missouri River ecology boat tour.

Evening programs are held at West Monona High School in Onawa.

Attendees can kick off the seminar by volunteering with prairie management at the Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area by removing shrubs and shade from 9 a.m. to noon on May 31. The project will begin at the campground parking lot. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, and loppers and hand saw if possible.

For more information on the volunteer project, contact Doug Chafa, wildlife biologist, at 712-420-2437.

In the event of rain, indoor space is reserved at West Monona High School in Onawa on beginning at 9:30 a.m., Saturday. The Sunday morning rain site is the Monona County Conservation Board Office in Onawa.

The Loess Hills Prairie Seminar is sponsored annually by Northwest Area Education Agency, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Monona County Conservation Board, with additional support from many organizations and individuals.

Educators may register for credit through the NWAEA at a reduced price:*

For more information, contact Gloria Kistner at or call her at 800-352-9040, Ext. 6080 or712-222-6080, or contact Dianne Blankenship at