Book: Iowa State Parks

Iowa State Parks

A Century of Stewardship, 1920–2020

Rebecca Conard


Foreword Author(s): 

Gerald F. Schnepf

Angela Corio, photo editor
Jim Scheffler, photo editor

Published by the Iowa Parks Foundation


288 pages, 222 color photos, 10 B&W photos, 3 B&W Maps, 1 B&W Figure, 11 x 8 ½ inches

Iowa State Parks: A Century of Stewardship, 1920-2020 is now available for ordering through the University of Iowa Press. Published by the Iowa Parks Foundation, the book is 288 pages with 222 color photos. 

In 1920, Iowa dedicated its first two state parks. In the century since, the Iowa State Parks System has evolved into a broad array of lands and waters that represent a legacy of tireless stewardship. Iowa State Parks commemorates the origins of our state parks and the riches they offer in the present.


The photo essays at the heart of this book feature the artistry of well-known nature photographers such as Carl Kurtz, Brian Gibbs, Don Poggensee, and Larry Stone. The Images help tell the stories of Iowa's state parks, recreation areas, preserves, and forests. A historical overview sets the stage, followed by five essays on key aspects of our park system. 

Note: This book is currently out of print.  Check your local bookstore or Amazon books for remaining supplies.