Tallgrass Prairie Center


Root Displays

Cerro Gordo root display

Preserved prairie root specimens – produced at the Tallgrass Prairie Center – are currently on display in several states across the tallgrass region. For information about purchasing a root, contact Laura.Walter@uni.edu.

On occasion, Iowa's Living Roadway Trust Fund sponsors roots for display at in-state educational facilities. Recipients of these LRTF-funded roots are below. Click to see images of their displays.

Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust
Smeltzer Iowa Learning Farm
Switchgrass + Purple Prairie Clover

Appanoose County Conservation Board
The Nature Center at Sharon Bluffs
Big Bluestem + Prairie Dropseed + Leadplant

Benton County Conservation Board
Benton County Nature Center

Black Hawk County Conservation Board
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Big Bluestem + Leadplant

Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District
USDA Service Center
Big Bluestem + Pale Purple Coneflower
+ Compass Plant

Buchanan County Conservation Board
Fontana Interpretive Nature Center
Big Bluestem    

Butler County Conservation Board
Allan and Fayette Meyer Nature Center
Switchgrass + Compass Plant

Cerro Gordo Co. Conservation Board
Lime Creek Nature Center

Chickasaw Co. Conservation Board
Twin Ponds Nature Center
Big Bluestem

Clayton County Conservation Board
Osborne Nature Center
Big Bluestem

Cresco Wildlife Club
The Clubhouse
Switchgrass + Leadplant

City of Davenport
Davenport Natural Resources Department
Big Bluestem

City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation/City of Des Moines Libraries
Franklin Library Branch
Switchgrass + Prairie Rose

Des Moines County Historical Society
Heritage Center Museum
Big Bluestem

Dickinson County Conservation Board
Dickinson County Nature Center
Big Bluestem

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Big Bluestem + Leadplant

Fayette County Conservation Board
Fayette County Courthouse Pocket Nature Center
Big Bluestem + Compass Plant

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Big Bluestem + Leadplant

Grundy County Conservation Board
Grundy County Heritage Museum
Big Bluestem

Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District
USDA Service Center

Hardin County Conservation
Calkins Nature Area
Big Bluestem

Harrison County Conservation Center
Willow Lake Nature Center
Switchgrass + Compass Plant

Indian Creek Nature Center
Wild Rose

Iowa County Conservation
Lake Iowa Nature Center
Big Bluestem

Iowa & Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation Districts
East-Central Iowa USDA Service Centers

Jackson County Conservation
Hurstville Interpretive Center
Big bluestem

Kirkwood Community College
Parks and Natural Resources

Madison County Conservation Board
Pammel Park Nature Center
Rigid Goldenrod

Marshall County Conservation Board
Grimes Farm & Conservation Center

Meskwaki Department of Natural Resource
Big Bluestem

Mills County Conservation
Pony Creek Nature Center
Switchgrass + Compass Plant

Muscatine County County Conservation Board
Environmental Learning Center
Big Bluestem

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Prairie Learning Center
Big Bluestem        

O'Brien County Conservation Board
Prairie Heritage Center

Osceola County Conservation
Willow Creek Nature Center
Big bluestem

Palo Alto County Conservation Board
Lost Island Nature Center
Compass Plant

Prairie Rivers RC&D
Big Bluestem + Butterfly weed

Ringgold County Conservation Board
Dragoon Trace Nature Center

Scott County Conservation Board
Wapsi River Environmental Education Center
Big Bluestem + Compass Plant

Sioux County Conservation Board
Nature Center
Prairie Sage

Wapello County Conservation Board
Pioneer Ridge Nature Center
Big Bluestem