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Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor

Reconnecting the historic floodplain

Project Details

Great Ecology is leading the stream and habitat restoration of a 39-acre undeveloped site, which will become the centerpiece of the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park in the city of Ames, IA. Our geomorphologist, ecologist, and landscape architects contributed to the ecological framework of the park master planning effort, led by WRT. The Great Ecology team will develop the detailed design for phase one construction of the Tedesco Environmental Learning Corridor. The future park will include walking trails, gathering spaces, environmental education nodes for school groups, meeting and laboratory/demonstration zones for the adjacent campus, and a restored stream system, wetland, and prairie landscape.

The existing stream corridor has been ecologically degraded, and presents an opportunity to demonstrate effective stream restoration in the context of the larger watershed and the regional landscape. Story County Conservation seeks to display innovative design elements at this site as a demonstration that will support and encourage regional advances in habitat restoration and park design. Our recommended conceptual strategy focuses on reconnecting the stream channel with its floodplain and restoring the riparian plant community to historic prairie condition.


Ecological Design & Planning, Habitat Restoration, Landscape Architecture, River, Stream, and Riparian Restoration,




Ames, IA