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Glacial Lakes & Prairie Escapes

The Glacial Lakes and Prairie Escapes Region (GLAPER) is a collaboration between interested parties of six counties in northwest Iowa. The Region includes Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, O’Brien and Palo Alto Counties. The name is generated from the shared natural heritage of the area, as all the landscapes of the participating counties were once blanketed by glaciers and fertile prairie land. Thanks to its historic roots, the GLAPER boost numerous natural resources, amenities, and unique features.

In becoming a Parks to People region, this group strives to “enhance, promote, sustain, and connect” the natural assets of the region. As financial resources are limited, participants in the Glacial Lakes and Prairies Escapes Region are committed to supporting the goals and initiatives of neighboring cities, counties and recreation areas.