As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Prairie Rivers of Iowa plays a unique role in Iowa. As one of the only nonprofit organizations focusing on both conserving our natural and cultural resources and building stronger businesses and communities, we bring unique expertise to creatively address some of Iowa’s most challenging needs. From assisting small communities in marketing themselves to travelers, to supporting students in becoming environmentally-literate citizens, to training the next generation of responsible farmers and producers, Prairie Rivers of Iowa helps Iowans create a stronger and healthier state.


Mission Statement & Core Values

Our Mission Statement: to promote economic development through the restoration and conservation of Iowa’s cultural and natural resources.

Core Value Statement: We respect and elevate the integrity of the natural, historical and cultural resources in Iowa and advocate sustainability for present and future generations.

  • Advocate:  We support ecological and natural resource integrity by advancing sustainable stewardship practices.
  • Partner:  We engage and empower people and organizations with a diversity of skills and expertise to accomplish together more than we can do separately.
  • Educate: We foster the environment by learning, and educating Iowans to activate and engage in cultivating an environment of conservation.
  • Assessment: We support a consistency of actions and methods through ongoing assessment of our programs.
  • Transparency: approaching opportunities and challenges with unbiased, candid and open communication.

What is a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit?

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Not-for-profit means the entity, usually a corporation, is organized for a non-profit purpose. 501(c)(3) means a not-for-profit organization has been recognized by the IRS as being tax-exempt by virtue of its charitable programs.

As a 501(c)(3) charity, donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of US law. We can give you our federal tax ID number when we receive your in-kind or monetary gift.

You can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback as someone who gives more. Any amount given is received with gratitude and goes towards fulfilling our mission.


The History of Prairie Rivers of Iowa

We were founded in 2001 and initially affiliated with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, providing services in Boone, Hardin, Hamilton, Marshall, Story, and Webster Counties. Now an independent nonprofit organization, we have expanded our programs and services across Iowa.

Our programs are funded through a combination of individual and corporate donations, grants and state contracts, fees for support and training services, and through the sales of log and other products.

We define conservation as the protection, management, and restoration of natural resources for current public benefit and sustainable social and economic utilization.