Grassland Heritage Foundation preserves prairies in eastern Kansas through education, stewardship, and land protection.

Tallgrass Prairie Facts

Prairie arose in the rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains, and once covered 400 million acres over the center of the U.S. from Saskatchewan to Texas. Prairies are diverse communities dominated by grasses and wildflowers. 

Tallgrass prairie, with three-fourths of its biomass

underground, created some of the most productive

soils in the world. Prairie thrives amid drought, fire,

and grazing due to root systems up to 15 feet deep. 

Only 1% of the native tallgrass prairie remains today due to fire suppression and intensive crop production, making it a globally endangered ecosystem. Remaining prairies now include the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma and small remnant prairies, such as The Prairie Center in Olathe, Kansas and GHF's Snyder Prairie, Leadplant Prairie, and Roulund-Wagner Prairie.

Only 1% of the native tallgrass prairie remains today. . . 

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Join a community of            prairie protectors

You can directly support prairie land management, land protection, and education in northeast Kansas as a GHF member and donor.

GHF provides hands-on prairie restoration opportunities, academic scholarships, and workshops on prairie management, native plant gardening, and prairie ecology.

Members receive the GHF newsletter, discounts on fee workshops, discounts at GHF's annual native plant sale, and workshop & event notifications. 

What you can do to protect prairie

Join Grassland Heritage Foundation. Become a member of a community of prairie enthusiasts and protectors.

Visit and enjoy prairies with friends.  

Help GHF restore prairie.

 

Add native plants to your garden. They are needed by native pollinating insects, they reduce erosion, and they use less water.

Apply for a scholarship to advance our understanding of prairie ecology and restoration.

Encourage your city, county, and state to include prairie remnants and native plants in park and landscaping plans.

Keep exotic invasive plants out of your yard, parks and plant nurseries. 

Events

Fall Native Plant Sale

Join GHF for a Fall Native Plant Sale! We'll have over 15 species of Kansas native plants available for purchase. All profits will benefit GHF's programming and outreach efforts. Click here for more information about our Fall Native Plant Sales!

Cottin’s Hardware- 1832 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Thursday

September 15, 2022

4 pm to 6:30 pm

Prairie Park Prairie Restoration Workday

Join us for our prairie restoration project at Prairie Park! At this workday we will be sharing about our Kansas native plants and their indigenous importance and uses. Come and learn more about our natural history and also help with prairie management. Click here for more information!

Prairie Park- 2811 Kensington Road, Lawrence, KS, 66046

Saturday

October 8, 2022

9 am to 12 pm

Seed Collection at Snyder Prairie

GHF is hosting a seed collection event at our very own Snyder Prairie. Come collect seed, explore the prairie, and spend a fall morning outdoors! Click here for more information about this event.

Snyder Prairie- Jackson County, KS

Saturday

October 15, 2022

9 am to 12 pm

Seed Collection at the KU Field Station

Join GHF, Native Lands LLC, and the Kansas Biological Survey and Center for Ecological Research for a fall afternoon of seed collection out on the prairie. Come learn how to identify and collect native prairie seed- great for folks of all ages! The collected seed will benefit the Prairie Park Project and the KU Field Station's upcoming restoration projects. Click here to learn more!

KU Field Station Armitage Education Center- 350 Wild Horse Rd, Lawrence, KS 66044

Saturday

October 22, 2022

1 pm to 4 pm

Prairie Park Prairie Restoration Workday

Join us for our prairie restoration project at Prairie Park! At this workday we will be focused on removing bush honeysuckle from the site. Come and learn more about prairie management and help us foster more prairie here in Lawrence. Click here for more information!

Prairie Park- 2811 Kensington Road, Lawrence, KS, 66046

Saturday

October 29, 2022

1 pm to 4 pm

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Contact Grassland Heritage Foundation

PO Box 394

Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201

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