Williams Prairie State Preserve


Williams Prairie State Preserve is a well known site to local prairie enthusiasts.  It is a diverse wet sedge meadow and sand prairie.  It contains more than 320 species of vascular plants and eight mosses and liverworts.  It is also home to numerous animals, including the ornate box turtle. It was acquired by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 1973 and it was dedicated as a State Preserve in 1976. Historically, it served as a wet hayfield, until it was discovered by University of Iowa botanists in the 1960's.

Location

The Williams Prairie State Preserve is located six miles northwest of F.W. Kent Park.

Features

Wet sedge meadow and sand prairie.  320 species of vasular plants, as well as eight mosses and liverworts.