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NatureMapping Program

Eddyville Dunes Sand Prairie Curriculum

Eddyville Marshland

Did you know that right here, in the outskirts of your own home lies one of the most unique habitats of the Midwest?

The Eddyville Sand Prairie Wetland Complex, most commonly known as the Eddyville Dunes, is one of the few remaining prairie remnants of Iowa, an ecosystem that has almost disappeared because of human activities. Did you also know, Less than one-tenth of one percent of the native prairies of Iowa remain untouched? The Eddyville Dunes is one of these very special remnants and it sits RIGHT HERE in your neighborhood!


On a hike over the Dunes you can find rare animals and plants such as the ornate box turtle and prickly pear cactus. This dry prairie community is also filled with meadows and wetland areas that you can explore.


Our hands-on, minds-on curriculum will provide you opportunities to explore, as you investigate interesting species and aspects of the area. The Eddyville Dunes is your outdoor classroom, and we need you to be our “citizen scientists” to help preserve this unique habitat.

Wapello County Conservation Board

Mahaska County Conservation Board