Friday, February 17, 2012
Feb 16, 2012: Ada Hayden: Prairie Preservationist Pioneer
This article originally appeared in INHF's Winter 2007 magazine.
By Teresa Beer Larson
One hundred years ago, Ada Hayden was a botany student at what was then called Iowa State College (now Iowa State University). In addition to taking classes, Hayden was honing her passion for prairies and native plants—an interest that persisted throughout her career.
Described as both “eccentric” and “emotionally dedicated to the prairie effort,” this early Iowa conservationist’s legacy to future generations can be spotted in prairie preserves throughout the state—where graceful, tall native grasses bend in the wind and brilliant prairie flowers bloom.
See full article here.