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snow-flocked prairie at Everett Casey Nature Reserve
Snow-flocked remnant prairie overlooking the Bluff Creek floodplain, February

The Everett Casey Nature Reserve:

where we hike, wade & howl

Everett Casey LogoBrowse our website to learn more about ongoing initiatives at the Casey Land, including beekeeping, prairie, forestry, education, and creative writing projects. The Everett Casey Nature Center and Reserve is 76 acres of Iowa wilderness straddling Bluff Creek in rural Boone County, Iowa. Everett Casey, a 1946 Iowa State Engineering graduate, donated the land to the University’s English Department and specifically earmarked it for projects stemming from graduate students in our Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing & Environment. We partner with graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts program in the College of Art & Design and collaborate on educational and artistic endeavors involving the land.

This website is an archive of artifacts that document our work and our play there.

For more information on the MFA in Creative Writing and the Environment program, please visit our web site.

Rules for Visits to the Everett Casey Nature Center & Reserve

  1. We respect the character of this land.
  2. Visitors must carry out whatever they bring in.
  3. We respect Casey neighbors; no trespassing onto adjacent property.
  4. Department of English graduate students, staff, and faculty are welcome to bring guests 24/7, but guests are not to visit unaccompanied.
  5. Students, staff, & faculty from other departments may visit the property with permission of the Casey Steward, Barbara Haas (yikes@iastate.edu)
  6. Fire is allowed in designated areas; extinguish fires before leaving.
  7. Dogs are welcome if controlled.
  8. Visitors are advised to bring cell phones in case of emergency.
  9. Alcohol is permitted.
  10. All visitors from November to mid-January need to wear blaze orange: either a hat, a vest, or a jacket.
  11. No hunting or trapping on the property.
  12. Nothing is to be removed from Casey. If you have a project in mind and would like to request special permission, please contact the Casey Steward.
dramatic bluffs rising 100 feet from the floodplain
A natural terrain formation, Casey’s dramatic bluffs rise 100 feet from the floodplain and on account of the steep grade offer strenuous hiking possibilities.
winter at Everett Casey
Winter at Casey provides pristine vistas and wonderful snowshoeing possibilities.