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The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Iowa

invite you to experience Iowa Prairies

Neal Smith National Wildlife and Prairie Learning Center
There is a large prairie restoration project near Colfax and Prairie City in Jasper County. Here's what the Des Moines Register wrote in a recent article about the Neal Smith National Wildlife and Prairie Learning Center.

"Operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, it is the largest prairie reconstruction project in the nation and draws 200,000 visitors a years. It's authorized to expand to 8600 acres eventually".

Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge

 The Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge, located in Kossuth County, Iowa, is slated to become a Wildlife Refuge for the 21st century. The refuge is on the eastern edge of the tallgrass prairie region of the Northern Great Plains.
Union Slough Refuge is roughly 2.5 hours southwest of Minneapolis and northwest of Des Moines. From Algona, take Highway 169 north to Bancroft; turn right (east) on county road A-42, and proceed six miles to the office at 1710 360th St. From Interstate 90; take the Blue Earth, MN, exit and follow Rt. 169 south into Iowa. At Lakota, follow P60 south to A42, then west 0.5 miles on A42 to the office located at 1710 360th Street, Titonka, IA   50480. Phone Number: 515-928-2523. Visit the Refuge's Web Site:

Prairie Heritage Center
Located just minutes from Peterson, Iowa, the O'Brien County Prairie Heritage Center houses a display area that focuses on the prairie and the change that has occurred in our landscape over time. A large, beautiful circular prairie diorama occupies the center of the display room. This exhibit depicts the plants and wildlife found in the prairie by featuring mounted animal specimens and various grasses and forbs. Mounted birds will be suspended over the display in the future. The diorama also shows life beneath the surface of the ground with a cut-out view of a section of the display.

Located adjacent to the Hannibal Waterman Prairie Preserve, the building looks out over the historic hills and valleys of the area as well as the Little Sioux River.

Ringgold Wildlife Area & Kellerton Bird Conservation
The Kellerton Bird Conservation area is home to the largest known booming ground in Iowa and home to the best potential prairie chicken habitat in Iowa. There is 500 acres of prairie on the Ringgold Wildlife Area. Nearby in Mount Ayr, Iowa are outstanding lodging accommodations at Charlie-Jane's Bed and Breakfast in downtown Mt. Ayr. or enjoy a farm stay on the Ramsey Farm at Lesanville. Prairie Chicken viewing is normally from Mid-March till the end of April, prime time is the 1st week in April. Click here to learn about Charlie-Jane's Prairie Chicken Viewing Lodging Special.

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, located near Missouri Valley in west central Iowa, offers 7,800 acres of refuge to migrating waterfowl — especially geese and ducks — along the Missouri River. Bald eagles also winter here.

Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge

Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge, located in northeast Iowa along the Mississippi River, is part of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, near Toolesboro in southeast Iowa, is a natural haven for wildlife along the bend in the Mississippi River.


Inns Near Iowa Prairie Learning Centers

lodging for the Ringgold Wildlife area and Kellerton Bird area
Mount Ayr, Iowa

*Charlie-Jane's B&B is near the Kellerton Bird Conservation

Prairie Chicken Viewing

Iowa Prairie Chicken

View at Kellerton Bird Conservation

Ramsey Farms at Leasanville

Mount Ayr, Iowa

*Kellerton Bird Conservation

Old O'Brien Glacial Trail Scenic Byway
It loops through four counties, a scenic drive that takes travelers on a scenic ride through Northwestern Iowa. This byway is referred to as a glacial trail because of its natural history as a plain created by a glacial drift.

More about this Scenic Byway.

Fall foliage is beautiful in Iowa