Spinn Prairie
Spinn Prairie in White County Spinn Prairie in White County © Christopher Jordan

Places We Protect

Indiana

Spinn Prairie

Amidst a sea of corn and soybeans, Spinn Prairie is a reminder of Indiana's original landscape.

Why You Should Visit 

A reminder of Indiana's endangered prairie communities, the small Spinn Prairie exemplifies how resilient nature can be by adapting back to its natural landscape after being used for agriculture. The natural communities found here include oak savanna, open mesic and wet prairie, willow shrub thickets and pin oak flatwoods, featuring species such as blazing star wildflowers and the wild white indigo.

Location

White County

Ecoregion

Central Tallgrass Prairie

Size

29 Acres

Dedicated

State Nature Preserve, 1988

Owned & Managed By

The Nature Conservancy

Partners

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done

Stewardship workdays are frequent and focus on seed collecting and invasive species removal. The Conservancy is also actively working on reversing the impacts made by man and prescribing burns to facilitate the natural disturbance the prairie depends on.

What to See: Plants and Animals

Acres of six foot tall bluestem grass makes room for colorful prairie plants on the drier upland area. White wild indigo, woodland sunflower, sweet coneflower, blazing star and rattlesnake master are just a few examples. A closer inspection of the vegetation will yield the ragged-fringed orchid, small green or tubercled orchid, nodding ladies' tresses and gentians. A variety of butterflies also make their home at the prairie. Look for the Black Dash, Black Swallowtail, Acadian Hairstreak, Eastern-tailed blue, Viceroy and Monarch. Bird species include Sora Rails, Summer Tanagers, Little Blue Herons and Red-headed Woodpeckers.

Although there is no trail, the accessible terrain and modest size of the preserve makes self-guided tours easy. Please read the Conservancy's Preserve Visitation Guidelines for more information.