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.

The Prairie Patch is not a traditional farm or homestead, as the land is not farmed for agriculture.
The preserve consists of seven tall grass prairies, two creeks, and sections of forest preserve serving as a safe haven for wildlife.

The farm carries on the legacy of the late Steve Atherton who was a champion of conservation in the State of Iowa, fighting for the protection of wetlands, prairies and wildlife.
He was a long time professor in Parks & Natural Resources at Kirkwood Community College.
He played 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.

Prairie Patch Farm is home to a small herd of Llamas, AJ, Ollie, Earl, Oz and Simon our Alpaca!
These eco-friendly, smart, and endearing animals are wonderful with humans of all ages.
We offer seasonal llama experiences (April-December with a break in July + August) including guided hikes, and snuggle time up close and personal with these incredible animals.

We currently offer the following llama experiences:

  • Hiking with Llamas on our farm
  • Selfies & Snuggles with Llamas in our barn
  • LLama-Grams (Llamas delivered to you!)
  • Please see the Llama Experience tab to view details and info on how to book

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.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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