In 2018 Golden Hills was awarded a grant from the National Park Service and Outdoor Foundation for interpretation and programming along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and Loess Hills National Scenic Byway through western Iowa. Golden Hills staff worked with regional National Park Service staff and byway stakeholders to inventory, update, and install interpretive panels at historic, cultural, scenic, conservation, and recreational sites in the Missouri River-Loess Hills corridor.
The National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program supports projects that “promote conservation and outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, education, youth engagement” on sites administered by NPS, which includes the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
The project included funds for two new interpretive signs in each of the counties that the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and Loess Hills National Scenic Byway have in common (Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont). Three additional signs will also be placed in the six-county corridor, at locations yet to be determined. Most of the signs will replace existing exhibits which are several years old and weathered, with new panels containing updated content and designs to engage visitors. In addition to the educational exhibits, Additional funding for panels came from the Loess Hills Missouri River Region & MidAmerican Energy Foundation.
Golden Hills also hosted three public educational events about Lewis and Clark and the Loess Hills in 2019.