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

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

National Park Week 2010 Begins with a Prairie Restoration Project

A woman scattering prairie seeds from a gray bucket.
Volunteers scattered native plant seeds in a recently burned portion of the prairie last spring.
NPS Photo

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News Release Date: March 29, 2010
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will begin National Park Week with a spring restoration project in the 81-acre tallgrass prairie. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 17 to help remove trees and shrubs from the grassland, or to collect and plant native plant seeds. Volunteers interested in helping at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on April 17 should contact Adam Prato at (319) 643-7855 by Friday, April 16. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable work clothes. Water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats are recommended. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. for an orientation and to get signed up. Work in the prairie will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

National Park Week (April 17-25, 2010) is the annual presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of your National Parks. Your National Parks are living examples of the best this Nation has to offer—our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge. This year, take a moment, an hour, or a day to visit the national parks near you.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.

Did You Know?

Hoover's birthplace as it appeared before restoration: a two-story white frame house.

Herbert Hoover's birthplace was a tourist attraction as early as 1928. Jennie Scellers, the house's owner, charged 10 cents for tours and set up a souvenir stand on her lawn. More...