Telford Prairie

As you hike this site, reflect on the life Orville and Mary Telford led as they lived on this site until 1986 with no indoor plumbing, and only a wood stove for heat. Whether you visit in March to see the first Pasque flower, or enjoy a crisp October day when the Bottle gentian is in bloom, there is always an array of color on this prairie.

Location Description

Located on the Altamont end moraine of the Wisconsin glacier, this ridge and pothole native prairie has high and dry as well as low and wet plant and animal species. Rare species include the Showy milkweed, Fragrant false indigo and the Smooth Green Snake.

Driving Directions and other Information

  • 7 miles west of Emmetsburg on Hwy 18, turn south on N28 toward Ayrshire. Go 4miles south, turn east on 400th Street to 400th Ave.
  • GPS Coordinants -- N43deg04.051 WO94deg47.808
  • 160 acres - managed by the Palo Alto County Conservation Board
  • Hiking, Birding, Prairie Plants, Hunting

Educational Activity:

  • Prairie History –Where We Live
  • Prairie Scavengers

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Take a short visit to Telford Prairie via video below!

Wild Categories Photo Gallery