Tallgrass Prairie Center


Daryl Smith Prairie Dedication and Rendezvous

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 1:30pm
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Save the Date

On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, the University of Northern Iowa will host a Prairie Rendezvous when the campus tall grass prairie will be dedicated and renamed the Daryl Smith Prairie. The event will commemorate Daryl’s retirement from UNI and honor his 50-plus years of dedication to prairie education and preservation.

The event will be a culmination of Prairie Heritage Week and prairie enthusiasts, former students and friends of Daryl are invited to attend. The program will include various speakers whose remarks will remember and honor Daryl’s work with prairie, students and the statewide community. Speakers will be various university representatives, including UNI President Mark Nook, as well as Daryl’s former students.

There will be a program at 10:30, followed by lunch. After lunch guests are invited to return to the prairie site for refreshments and tours of the prairie, planted by Daryl and students in 1973. All are welcome and there is no charge.

Daryl has played an integral part in prairie preservation, management and restoration in our state, including his leadership in the development of a statewide program of utilizing native vegetation in Iowa’s roadsides. If you cannot attend, please feel free to share your own Daryl Smith story by email to Department of Biology head Theresa Spradling, theresa.spradling@uni.edu.