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Bison in Delicate Balance exhibit.

Delicate Balance

Explore Iowa’s rich natural resources and the balance between using these resources and preserving them. Experience how these resources, including water, minerals, soil, wildlife, woodlands and prairies have sustained Iowans for thousands of years.

Identify signs of ancient life and the skills practiced by Native Americans who made their home here. View the beautiful displays of Iowa’s wildlife and hear the sounds of the prairie, woodlands and wetlands while learning about successful and unsuccessful efforts to protect Iowa’s natural resources.


  • Examine ancient fossils of extinct creatures
  • View wildlife dioramas of elk, turkeys, prairie chickens and bison