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. . .
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
Add native plants to your garden. They are needed by native pollinating insects, they reduce erosion, and they use less water.
Encourage your city, county, and state to include prairie remnants and native plants in park and landscaping plans.
Native Garden Maintenance at Little Prairie
Get involved with community gardening and help us with with maintenance at our native garden at Little Prairie Community Garden! Tasks vary each week but may include weeding, watering, planting, and prepping new areas. Click here for more information and to join our volunteer list for the garden!
Little Prairie Community Garden- Peterson Rd and Nigel Dr, Lawrence, KS
8 AM- 11 AM
Prairie Restoration at Black Jack Battlefield
We need your help removing woody and invasive plants from our prairie sites at Black Jack Battlefield. Click here to RSVP and find more information about the Black Jack Battlefield project.
Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park- 163 E 2000 Rd, Wellsville, KS 66092
October 30, 2021
1 pm- 4 pm
OCT 23rd EVENT POSTPONED TO NOV 6th- Native Seed Collection with GHF
Join GHF for a day of seed collection in Anderson County, Kansas! Led by GHF staff, learn how to collect, store and identify native prairie seed. No experience needed and all ages are welcome! Click here to RSVP and find more information.
Leadplant and Paintbrush Prairies, Welda, KS
November 7, 2021
11 am at Leadplant, 1:30 apm at Paintbrush