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.
The preserve is in conservation and can never be developed. Twenty acres are in Forest Preserve and other acreage is in the CRP (Conservation Reserve Program)
Prairie Patch Farm is home to seven tall grass prairies, two creeks, and forest which all serve as a safe haven for Iowa 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; Apple Jack, Willoughby, Sully, Fig, Fable, Poet, Huckleberri, Ollie, Earl, 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:
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.