Carl & Evelyn Wilson Nature Preserve, Traer, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 42° 11.278 W 092° 28.501
15T E 543349 N 4670779
Quick Description: This two acre nature preserve offers a sample of the prairie land that once covered most of the state of Iowa.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 3/6/2011 12:30:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMAX4C
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member H to the Bizzle!
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Long Description:
This two acre nature preserve offers a sample of the prairie land that once covered most of the state of Iowa. Named for the memory of the Wilson family, long time residents of Traer, this re-constructed prairie was started in 1990 and is maintained by community volunteers. The preserve includes 75 different species of flowers, 10 native prairie grasses, a butterfly garden and a small woodland with native trees.

The Wilson Nature Preserve is easy to find on the southwest edge of town a short distance west of Hwy. 63. Daylight hours are best for visiting, and the plants are best viewed between May and September. A small parking lot leads to the wood chip trail that meanders through the prairie, accessible to those in wheelchairs. Tours may be arranged or a self-guided walk may be chosen. There is no fee.
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): Two acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
Flat wood-chip trail meanders through the two acre prairie. Wheel chair accessible.

What points of interest are there?:
75 different species of flowers 10 native prairie grasses a butterfly garden small woodland with native trees several benches for relaxing

What activities are available?:
bird and butterfly watching

Hours of accessibility?: Daylight

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: No

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.: Not listed

Please supply the website of the land if available: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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