Winter Workday at Breen Prairie

Winter Workday at Breen Prairie

Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm


Curb your cabin fever with an afternoon outdoors! Volunteers will remove brush and non-native plants to help the prairie at Breen Prairie thrive. People are welcome to stay and hike the prairie after the event.

Invasive brush removal involves using various hand tools (handsaws or loppers) to manually cut invasive brush. Participants may work alongside or with an experienced chain sawyer. No experience necessary. Instruction will be provided. New and seasoned volunteers welcome.


Breen Prairie Farm encompasses 140 acres of native dry, rocky prairie, woodland and working lands. Helen Reichardt donated the farm to INHF in 1989 to permanently protect and preserve the land’s natural beauty and wildlife habitat. It is now owned and stewarded by INHF.


-Sturdy shoes or hiking boots, long pants and layers
-Work gloves and water bottle
-A hiking stick, binoculars, field guide and/or camera, if you like


-No experience necessary
-Families welcome
-You will be asked to sign a Volunteer Liability Waiver


Breen Prairie Farm is located approximately 3 miles north of Monticello on Hwy 38 in Jones County.

From Monticello, drive north on IA-38 out of town about 3 miles. The property is located less than a quarter mile past Rock Road, on the east side of the road. Look for INHF event signage and staff.

Volunteers should park along the highway just past the entrance to the field on the property.


Contact Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Schmidt at 


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