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David Conrads

David Conrads fell in love with the Midwestern natural landscape as an undergrad, and he’s been following that passion ever since. Specializing in the biology of birds of prey, Conrads first came to the University in 1990 to oversee the Iowa Raptor Project. Today, Conrads is focused on sharing his love of nature and inspiring responsible recreation as the Associate Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation at UI. Those in his programs enjoy easy access to some of the most beautiful land in the Midwest at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area. It is a true wildlife haven free from development or crowding. As Conrads says, “The back fields and land have been called ‘Narnia’ by some locals…due to its sense of being in another world because of the minimal usage by others.”

 

Check out his Iowa City recommendations below.

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Iowa City, IA
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Macbride Nature Recreation Area
"It’s a beautiful oak-savanna peninsula surrounded by Coralville Lake and Lake Macbride with very minimal development. The back fields and land have been called “Narnia” by some locals…" - David Conrads
2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE, Solon, IA 52333, USA
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Iowa Raptor Project
The Raptor Center displays 17 unreleasable birds of prey found in Iowa. The center is open to the public.
2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE, Solon, IA 52333, USA
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Lake Macbride Spillway
"I love the Macbride Spillway- It is where Lake Macbride spills into the Coralville Reservoir. It has waterfalls and streams which you can explore. It is a great place to cool off, take pictures or just wander around. You can actually access it via the trails from MNRA." - Tamra Elliot
Solon, IA 52333, USA
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University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is a museum on the University of Iowa campus, known as the oldest university museum west of the Mississippi River.
Macbride Hall, 17 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
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Devonian Fossil Gorge
The Devonian Fossil Gorge was created by the flood of 1993 and expanded by the flood of 2008.
2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
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Woodpecker Cave
Woodpecker Cave located at Coralville Reservoir, about 15 minutes north of Iowa City.
Coralville Reservoir Iowa
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coffee
Capanna Coffee & Gelato
Capanna Coffee and Gelato is an artisan Coffee Roaster and Gelateria with stores in Iowa City, North Liberty, and Ames Iowa.
6 Pacha Pkwy, North Liberty, IA 52317, USA
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SugaPeach Chicken and Fish Fry
Southern-style breakfast and dinner dishes.
650 Pacha Pkwy Suite 1, North Liberty, IA 52317
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Reds Alehouse
Reds Alehouse is a restaurant and alehouse in Iowa.
405 N Dubuque St, North Liberty, IA 52317, USA
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