Visit the Preserves

Welcome to the UNI Biological Preserves and Trails. Visitors may enjoy a variety of activities including:
  • Walking or running
  • Snowshoeing or cross country skiing
  • Watching birds, identifying plants, photographing wildlife
  • Following our iNaturalist project 
  • Volunteering for prescribed fire or invasive species work days
Please abide by the following rules:   
  • Do not cycle on unpaved trails
  • Leash and clean up after pets
  • No hammocking
  • No unauthorized motorized vehicles 
  • No smoking
  • Do not litter – carry out your trash

Questions or concerns - Contact:

 Laura Jackson, Biological Preserve Manager

Stephanie Witte, Biological Preserves Trails Manager

Maps and Information

Biological Preserves

Find information on Preserves locations, parking, trail heads and connecting routes.   

Campus Trails and Natural Areas

This map details all campus trails. Parking and connecting bicycle and pedestrian routes are shown.

City of Cedar Falls Trails

UNI’s soft trails system connects to a much larger network. Click below for the 120 miles of paved trails in the City of Cedar Falls trails, and learn more about the Cedar Valley Trails Partnership.

Trail Maintenance

Regular maintenance of trails, fencing, signage and vegetation is crucial to the Preserves. UNI students working for the Botanical Center keep the trails mowed and cleared of branches. If you are a student looking for work, contact Preserves Trails manager Stephanie Witte at the link below.