Enjoy a commanding view of the lush Iowa hills and 30 acres of recreated prairie surrounding the Museum of Danish America in the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park, named for the renowned Danish immigrant landscape architect who rebelliously used native plants and natural themes in his designs. A colleague of Frank Lloyd Wright, Jensen pioneered the “Prairie School” of landscape architecture and is celebrated today as an early advocate for native plants and the conservation of natural spaces. 

Hours 

Open daily from dawn to dusk

Park Features

Native plants, outdoor exhibits, innovative Danish-designed outdoor fitness equipment, council rings, and picnic areas!

Green Roof 

The prairie ecosystem continues atop the Curatorial Center just west of the museum entrance. A green roof planted with native grasses and forbs maximizes energy efficiency and increases the thermal barrier between the outdoor environment and artifact storage areas. Explore the roof via the paved walkway and informational signage. 

Friends Walk

Breathe in the fresh western Iowa air on our 0.6-mile paved pedestrian path that runs through the park and connects the museum’s main building with Bedstemor’s House.

 

Read a feature about Iowa "prairie pioneer" Paul Christiansen from our Spring 2016 America Letter: Running the Plow Backward by Rich Patterson