Places We Protect

Kaufmann Avenue Prairie


Liatris cylindracea, aka Cylindrical Blazing Star
Cylindrical Blazing Star Liatris cylindracea, aka Cylindrical Blazing Star © The Nature Conservancy (Chris Helzer)

Kaufmann Prairie features rugged, rocky ridgetops with an expanse of native hill prairie.



Kaufmann Avenue Prairie is a "goat" or hill prairie, which occurs on steep, thin soils with a south-southwest exposure. The best examples occur here in northeast Iowa’s Paleozoic Plateau, but similar prairie can be found in other parts of the state. "Goat" prairie refers to the steepness of the slopes, on which only goats could be expected to graze.

The purchase of Kaufmann Avenue Prairie from the William Connery Estate was made possible by a donation from Dr. John Brennan, who was instrumental in helping to protect this site. The nearby quarry is reported to have been used for hibernation by the state-endangered Indiana bat.




9.3 acres

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What to See: Plants

This high-quality prairie features spectacular displays of bird’s-foot violet, fringed puccoon, blue-eyed grass, green milkweed, lead plant, compass plant, porcupine grass and Indian grass, as well as many other grassland species.

What to See: Animals

A formal survey of animals is yet to be completed.

Preserve Guidelines

Please download our preserve visitation guidelines here.

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