Wilson Preserve – Traer, Iowa
This preserve has been developed as a tall grass prairie reconstruction. It was begun in 1990, and is now a living museum of 75 prairie flowers and 10 varieties of grasses on two acres. Also on the site are a butterfly garden and an Iowa native tree area. In the latter visitors will find woodland wildflowers in season. There are wildflowers in bloom from April to November—they are at their best in July and August. The preserve was named for longtime Traer residents who were interested very much in the Iowa environment. (The prairie ecosystem is one of the most endangered and unique ecosystems in the world. Less than ½ of 1% remain.) Guided tours are available.
Admission – None
Directions – .5 mile off of U.S. Highway 63 southwest of Traer
Hours – dawn to dusk
Credit Cards – None
Phone – (319) 478-2007 or (319) 478-2580