Greiner Family Nature Preserve
Greiner Family Nature Preserve Greiner Family Nature Preserve © Lauren Nickell/TNC

Places We Protect

Iowa

Greiner Family Nature Preserve

There are a variety of amphibians and reptiles located at this 117-acre preserve.

The Greiner Family Nature Preserve is a sand prairie and wetland area. Because of the unique combination of soil and water, a rare plant called meadow beauty is found right at the edge of the wetland at this site.

Why You Should Visit

Greiner Family Nature Preserve features a complex of dry sand ridges (a large parabolic dune) intermingled with springs, seeps and a large basin marsh, all of which support a unique assemblage of rare plants and animals.

Location

About 6 miles northwest of Muscatine, in Muscatine County

Conditions 

The Greiner Family Nature Preserve contains Black Oak savanna, sand prairie, fens and a large wetland basin. This unique mix of habitat results in diverse plant species

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site

Greiner Family Nature Preserve was acquired by the Conservancy in 1986. The original 31.6 acres was donated by Linda Ambrose and Jerrideth Wilson as a memorial to their family, the Greiners, and their love of nature. The site was originally called Rhexia Pond, for the showy flowers of the state-threatened meadow beauty found along the margins of the basin marsh.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing

An 85.5-acre addition to the preserve was purchased from John and Ruth Phillips in 1988, with assistance from the Muscatine Prairie Endowment Fund. Oak savanna, sand prairie and open sandy areas – all essential to nesting turtles – are being restored through intensive management efforts via the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.

What to See: Plants

Plant species here include: black oak, black walnut, buttonbush, dwarf dandelion, eastern prickly pear, flowering spurge, hoary puccoon, largeleaf pondweed, meadow beauty, monkey flower, partridge pea, prairie ragwort, pussytoes, river birch, rough blazing star, round-headed bush clover, sand milkweed, spotted horsemint, wafer ash.

What to See: Animals

Amphibians and reptiles here include the western painted turtle, six-lined racerunner, Blanding’s turtle, eastern hognose snake, spring peeper, green frog and ornate box turtle. Yellow Mud Turtles were once present, but haven’t been documented recently. Regal Fritillaries are abundant.

Preserve Visitation Guidelines