Our Mission:
To promote economic development through the restoration and conservation of Iowa's cultural and natural resources. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Prairie Rivers of Iowa has been excellent to work with when we aerially seeded cover crop and strip-tilled within the watershed. – Alex Woodall / Cost Share Participant
Prairie Rivers of Iowa has a great approach to addressing our water quality problems in Iowa. - Selden Spencer / Story County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner

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Our Core Values

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

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.

Contact Us

Street Address:
Prairie Rivers of Iowa
2335 230th Street
Suite 101
Ames, Iowa 50014

To view on Google Maps for directions: click here.

Phone: (515) 232-0048

Email for general inquiries: prrcd@prrcd.org
Email for media questions: mkellner@prrcd.org

Your Gift Is Much Appreciated!

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit committed to strengthening Iowa’s communities and small businesses through the responsible stewardship of our natural and historical resources. Your donation will go a long way to helping us reach out to educate Iowans of all ages about our natural resources and support Iowa’s rich road history.

We play a unique role in Iowa as one of the only nonprofit organizations focusing on both conserving our natural and cultural resources and by 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.

If conservation means as much to you as it does to us, please consider investing in Prairie Rivers of Iowa. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

We extend our thanks to you for the support that Prairie Rivers of Iowa has received for all the work we do across Iowa.  As a not-for-profit, your tax deductible contribution makes a difference.

Please consider making a gift this year that will help to support the work along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway, educating our citizens to improve Iowa’s water quality and improving our natural resources through economic and community development.

Please support our mission by donating below.

Thank you!
Penny Brown-Huber, Executive Director


Take action now by making a tax-deductible donation through PayPal:

Print & Mail Form

Donate later through the mail by downloading our PDF printable form, and sending us your tax-deductible gift.

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Friends of Conservation

As Prairie Rivers of Iowa board and staff reflect on all the good work accomplished over these last twenty years, we also are pushing to continue to lead important cultural and natural resources work going forward.  One way we are doing this is by launching a new recognition opportunity to celebrate Iowans who are “Friends of Conservation”. We want to celebrate individuals, organizations and businesses that want to build a stronger voice for conservation around Iowa’s cultural and natural resources.

Today we are asking you to consider making a gift to Prairie Rivers of Iowa and help launch the “Friends of Conservation” Your gift will communicate that Iowa’s cultural and natural resources are valuable and worthy of the attention and support needed to improve, restore and conserve.

If you make a gift between now and May 2020 to help us launch the “Friends of Conservation, you will be listed as an inaugural member, recognized on our website and in our Annual Report.  In addition, we have designed a new image for this effort (see above) and a window decal will be sent to you as a thank you.

Click here to learn more and find out how to give!

You Can Help Us While You’re Having Fun Shopping Online!

Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Prairie Rivers of Iowa when you do your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1498214. Remember to Choose Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation and Development Inc. as your charity of choice.

And if you use Google Chrome, check out and download the NeverNotSmile extension to automatically take you from amazon.com to smile.amazon.com whenever you shop. Then choose Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation and Development Inc. as your charity of choice and Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase price to us at no additional charge to you. It’s that easy! 

Our Endowment Funds

Erv and Janet Klaas Fund:
Provides operational support for the position of an executive director directing programs and conservation practices that improve water and soil health, wildlife habitat, and the conservation, preservation, and economic vitality along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway. This Fund is Endowment Iowa Qualified and may qualify you for a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit.

Prairie Rivers Conservation for Natural Resources Fund:
Provides support for program operations related to conservation practices that improve water and soil health, wildlife habitat, and the conservation, preservation, and economic vitality along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway.

Other Giving Opportunities

Gifts of Grain:
Your crops are your livelihood, your life. You prepare, you plant, you nurture and it grows. Donating a gift of grain to Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a way to make a lasting difference. The value of the grain can be a general cash value gift, or can be designated to one of our endowment funds. 

By giving grain, you avoid including the sale of the grain in your farm income. Although a charitable income tax deduction is generally not available to you, the significant benefit to you is the avoidance of declaring it as income. You deduct the cost of growing the crops which typically results in saving self-employment tax, federal income tax and state income tax. You can benefit even if you don’t itemize your deductions and take the standard deduction.

To learn more about, or to make a specific gift to one of our Endowment Funds or Gifts of Grain, please contact our Executive Director Penny Brown-Huber, or the Story County Community Foundation.

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in job opportunities at Prairie Rivers of Iowa.

We are not accepting applications at this time, but check back for new postings as they become available.

If you are interested in volunteering with a specific program please contact the coordinator in charge. You can find their information on our Staff Page.


Prairie Rivers of Iowa does not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or political beliefs in carrying out duties associate with the position.



Office Space for Rent

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Prime-Professional Office Space for Rent 

Approximately 900 sq. ft. of prime of prime office space plus a 900 sq. ft. garage bay big enough for large equipment with tall ceiling, overhead door and an additional 400 sq. ft. of loft storage. -Includes basic utilities (excluding phone and internet) plus additional common space that includes the use of two conference rooms, full kitchen and dining area and additional storage. Extra parking at no additional charge.

Great space for small company or organization with room for 4 office areas or 3 office/work areas and a conference room easily accommodating a staff of 6-10. Convenient location on west side of Ames, IA with plenty of free parking with easy access to Hwy. 30. $1800/mo.

Flexible Co-Working Office Space for Rent
Great for Small Non-Profit, Small Business or Working Professional

Get the benefits of a full office without the additional overhead of a full-size rental or lease. Options for cubicle configuration ranging from 90 to 130 sq. ft. or a 200 sq. ft. private corner office with its own storage ranging from $350-$500/mo. Long or short-term lease options. Includes basic utilities (excluding phone and internet) at no additional charge, use of two conference rooms, full kitchen and dining area and storage. Copy machine available at additional charge. Convenient location on west side of Ames, IA with plenty of free parking and easy access to Hwy. 30.

Email inquiries to crosburg @prrcd.org, or call Office Manager Carman Rosburg at 515-232-0048 to schedule a showing.