Hartman's osprey reintroduction program was from 1998 to 2005. We released 4 chicks per year with the help of 200 volunteers. Now there are multiple pairs of birds nesting in our area.
From 2009 until 2012, Dr. Donald Gaff from the University of Northern Iowa was researching areas in Hartman for evidence of past use. He has uncovered a fascinating array of objects from the middle to late woodland era. These items are on display in the Interpretive Center.
Bobbi Love Bridge
In 2011 an old flatbed trailer was converted into a bridge as a memorial to Bobbi Eastman-Love. The bridge was build by the Cedar Falls Rough Risers Kiwanis with financial assistance from the Eastman-Love families and friends.
With a generous donation from the Lucy Price Family, we were able to create a meadow filled with native prairie plants. One of the plants featured is the Prairie Gentian (Gentiana puberulenta).
Past traveling exhibits have included A Salute To Songbirds and Lions in Iowa! Currently the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit Listening to the Prairie is being managed by Hartman Reserve as it makes it way across the state. This project is being funded by REAP-CEP.
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit
Hartman has acquired a large traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. This exhibit is currently traveling across Iowa. It was on display until August 2014.
Parking Lot Raingarden
With a state grant we were able to install a raingarden and other water capturing practices into our main parking lot. We are now able to capture the vast majority of runoff resulting in a reduction in the erosion of bluffs around this area. We planted a variety of native grasses including milkweed to encourage monarch butterflies. A number of sedge species have appeared on their own!