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. . . 

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

Birding Field Trip and Native Grass Seeding

Led by Dr. Roger Boyd, join Jayhawk Audubon Society for a birding walk through the trails and prairie at Black Jack. No experience needed! Following the birding walk, we invite you to help us disperse grass seed in our prairie planting. Click here to find more information and RSVP.

Black Jack Battlefield- 163 E 2000 Rd, Wellsville, KS 66092

Saturday

March 13, 2021

8 AM- 11 AM

Groundhogs Volunteer Workday

Interested in prairie management, or looking for a way to get more involved in GHF? Come on out to Snyder Prairie and help us tackle various projects around the site! Projects include removing brush and invasive plants, conducting controlled burns, collecting prairie seed, and more. Click to sign up for Groundhogs emails and event reminders.

Snyder Prairie- Mayetta, KS

Saturday

March 20, 2021

9 AM- 12 PM

Groundhogs Volunteer Workday

Interested in prairie management, or looking for a way to get more involved in GHF? Come on out to Snyder Prairie and help us tackle various projects around the site! Projects include removing brush and invasive plants, conducting controlled burns, collecting prairie seed, and more. Click to sign up for Groundhogs emails and event reminders.

Snyder Prairie- Mayetta, KS

Saturday

April 17, 2021

9 AM- 12 PM

GHF Spring Native Plant Sale

Bring the prairie into your own yard and support all of the prairie education and preservation work that GHF does! We will be hosting our 9th annual Spring Native Plant Sale. Online preorder and drive thru pick up available to GHF members. Day of sale will be outdoors and social distance measures will be implemented. More details will be available this spring on the GHF Facebook page and website!

Trinity Episcopal Church Courtyard- 1011 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Saturday

May 15th, 2021

10 AM- 3 PM

Contact Grassland Heritage Foundation

PO Box 394

Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201

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GRASSLAND HERITAGE FOUNDATION

PO Box 394, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201

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