palouse prairie, forever preserved

Photo: Erica Sloniker

Photo: Erica Sloniker

Home to many rare and special plants and animals like the broad-fruit mariposa lily, Palouse goldenweed, Spalding's catchfly, grasshopper sparrow, and more, the 62-acre Dave Skinner Ecological Preserve protects some of the most endangered habitat in the United States.  

Dave Skinner, leading a prairie remnant tour in 2015

Dave Skinner, leading a prairie remnant tour in 2015

The Preserve is named for David Skinner, a true prairie conservation champion.  Dave worked for 32 years with USDA for NRCS at the Pullman Plant Material Center and was a founding member of The Palouse Prairie Foundation, as well as co-author of "Palouse Prairie Field Guide."  Dave worked passionately to protect, preserve, and share the uniqueness of the Native Palouse Prairie ecosystem until his passing in 2016.

Because of the fragility of the site, public access is limited.  Please sign up for our monthly e-news and watch this site, as well as our Facebook pages for announcements of volunteer work parties and other opportunities to get involved at the preserve.  We are also happy to schedule small tours of the site - please call our office at 208-596-4496 to schedule.