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Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-2541
West Branch, Iowa— Since 1971 the National Park Service has been reconstructing a tallgrass prairie on 81 acres of the park that commemorates Herbert Hoover’s life. The prairie had vanished from that land during over a century of farming. How and why is the National Park Service reconstructing this prairie? Which species grow and live there? What’s in store for the future? Each Saturday this June and July a park ranger will discuss the answers to these questions during guided walks through the tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.
The walks begin at the tallgrass prairie observation deck by the gravesite parking lot at 10:00 a.m. The walks are less than a mile and last about 60 minutes. Bring water, dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent are also recommended.
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. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/herberthoover or call (319) 643-2541.
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