About Us

In 1952, a loose coalition of outdoor sports groups came together to establish the Iowa Wildlife Federation. Since our beginning, six decades ago, we have been about the outdoors…and education.

A statewide, membership-based non-profit organization; we recognize the importance of wild places and how they enhance our lives. We might enjoy them through hunting, fishing, wildlife watching or just exploring under rocks in a stream.

Even members who don’t get outside much recognize that Iowa’s grasslands, wetlands and woodlands clean our water, improve our air quality and create a natural world that sometimes ‘patches up’ the human induced ‘progress’ which blesses and curses us today.

IWF is education; revealing more about that natural world which drives many of us active. You may not want to help canvass wildlife blocks for the soon to be published Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas ‘2’…but you can learn what an indigo bunting looks like.

 You may not disappear in the woods each fall to scout for and hunt trophy whitetails, but you will understand that hunting and fishing provide tens of millions of dollars in excise taxes and fees from those outdoor Iowans to directly enhance and preserve our wild populations and places….not to mention the thousands of Iowa jobs they create.

Over the years, our mission has adjusted. These days, we are more aware of water quality, soil protection and the importance of getting kids—and their families--outdoors.

Click through our website. Find something that interests you. Then tell us about it. We’d love to hear what you have to say.



The Iowa Wildlife Federation is an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.