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Farming Prairie Flowers


This video shows Prairie Flower Farm, a northwest Iowa farm that grows native plants instead of corn or soybeans.

Spencer, IA

Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions

  • Why don’t prairie flowers grow everywhere in Iowa?
  • What does burning do?
  • How does growing new prairie affect the environment?

Classroom Suggestions

Students could:

  • Use a site like to digitally map and animate the extent of native prairie over time.
  • Evaluate what Prairie Flower Farm is doing in comparison to other prairie restoration programs.
  • Compare the biodiversity in a prairie environment to a typical corn or soybean field.
  • Analyze data on water quality over time in areas with and without prairie.
  • Research how native wildlife has been affected by depletion of prairie.
  • Design posters educating the community on local prairie restoration projects.

Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment

Life Science
Disciplinary Core Idea
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Credit Info

Media produced for Iowa Outdoors by Iowa PBS.
Submitted by Dan Voss and Madison Beeler as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.


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