• Pink flowers blossom in the garden of a white two-room cottage.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa


Large green leaves in the green prairie.

Massive prairie dock leaves precede towering yellow flowers.

NPS Photo

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site mows about 50 acres of lawn, primarily bluegrass and fescue, with a scattered overstory of ornamental trees that are largely part of the cultural landscape. The rest of the vegetated land cover includes prairie grasses and a stream corridor. The National Historic Site manages this natural area to exclude exotic weeds and to promote biological diversity of native plants. The natural zone provides a glimpse at the landscape as it appeared at or before Herbert Hoover's childhood here.


Planting of native grasses like big bluestem, Indian grass, and wild rye dominate the reconstructed tallgrass prairie. More »


A colorful array of purple and golden blossoms mixes with the green grasses from April until late October. More »

Nonnative Species

Nonnative plants and woody vegetation continue to degrade sections of the tallgrass prairie and Hoover Creek. More »

Purple coneflowers bloom in the tallgrass prairie.
Purple coneflowers bloom in the tallgrass prairie.
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Rows of wooden pupils' desks.

The West Branch Schoolhouse was built in 1853 making it the oldest building at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The town's Quakers also used the one-room building as their first meetinghouse. More...