Come experience the magic at Prairie Patch Farm, a private 50-acre nature preserve and wildlife refuge near Cedar Rapids, Iowa that is dedicated to preserving Iowa’s Natural Heritage
Prairie Patch Farm is not a traditional farm or homestead, as the land is not farmed for agriculture.
Home to seven tall grass prairies, two creeks, and forest which all serve as a safe haven for Iowa wildlife, the farm reflects Iowa's natural habitats and landscapes .
Twenty acres are registered in forest reserve and other acreage is in the CRP (conservation reserve program)
The farm carries on the legacy of the late Steve Atherton who was a champion of conservation for the State of Iowa, fighting for the protection of wetlands, prairies, and wildlife populations.
Steve was a long time professor in Parks & Natural Resources at Kirkwood Community College and he play a vital role in reintroducing peregrine falcon populations, trumpeter swans, and was instrumental in starting the Lake MacBride Raptor Project.
He received many rewards, and after his unexpected death in 2008 The Atherton Memorial Wetland off of Ely Road was named in his honor.
Steve's niece, Kahle Atherton-Boutte and her husband purchased the farm in 2018 to continue his legacy in honoring his efforts in Iowa conservation.
Prairie Patch Farm has been evolving since 1988 and from 2019-Present it is home to a small herd of Llamas: Learn more about the herd here
Llamas are eco-friendly, smart, and endearing animals who are wonderful with humans of all ages.
We offer seasonal llama experiences (April-December with a break in July + August) including guided llama hikes on the preserve trails.
We currently offer the following llama experiences:
At this time visits are by reservation only, we do not offer open hours to the public.
Please see our links to book your adventure with us and follow us @prairiepatchfarm for updates.