Black Jack Battlefield Prairie Restoration Project

Join Grassland Heritage Foundation, Native Lands LLC, and Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park in a prairie restoration project at this National Historic Landmark just outside of Baldwin City, KS. This project is a great opportunity to learn more about both our local ecology and our local history. We are continuing the work that we started in June of 2020 and are excited to welcome you back to Black Jack in 2021! 

This project has been funded entirely by a grant from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council. However, the content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not officially represent the views of the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council.

Earth Day Celebration at Black Jack Battlefield
Saturday, April 24, 2021
1 PM- 4 PM

Join Grassland Heritage Foundation, Native Lands, LLC, Kansas Biological Survey, and Jayhawk Audubon Society on Saturday, April 24th from 1 PM- 4 PM at Black Jack Battlefield for a celebration of all things nature! We will be hosting an educational day of planting prairie plants, engaging in scientific research, and removing invasive plants. This is a great event for folks of all ages interested in learning more about the work that we do each and every day to help support and care for our wild spaces.

There will be several stations and booths that feature different aspects of prairie management and wildlife that you can visit. A highlight of the event is the planting of inoculated plants for a Kansas Biological Survey research project studying the effects of mycorrhizal fungi on prairie restorations- a great way to get involved in prairie research! See below for a breakdown of the planned stations!

This event will be held outdoors and masks are required for all participants! All activities will be held while maintaining adequate social distancing. We will be providing tools and gloves, but if you can bring your own if you prefer.

Stations

  • Wildflower Planting with Grassland Heritage Foundation- Help us add native plants to the prairie planting site that we have been working on for the past year. This is a great activity for folks of all ages to help us add diversity and strengthen our ecosystem!

  • Mycorrhizal Fungi Project Installation and Education Station- Get involved with prairie science! Join members of the Bever/Schultz Laboratory from Kansas Biological Survey as they plant native plants for a study about mycorrhizal fungi and the importance that soil microbes may have in prairie restorations. There will be an educational booth as well as the opportunity to install the project and help plant the plants that they have grown and inoculated with remnant prairie fungi.

  • Invasive Plant Removal with Native Lands, LLC- Led by ecologist Courtney Masterson, we will be doing some invasive plant removal. Learn about why and how we need to remove invasive plants in our landscape! Join in and help us remove invasive black locust tress from a portion of our prairie planting area.

  • Birding Education with Jayhawk Audubon Society- Learn about Kansas’ native birds and how you can help support them at this booth led by Jayhawk Audubon Society.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP using the link below. This will help us contact you if we need to cancel or reschedule due to inclement weather.

Black Jack Battlefield is located at 163 E 2000 Rd, Wellsville, KS 66092 (https://goo.gl/maps/8UseyDCLp5d634XJ8).

Please come prepared for working outdoors. Be sure to wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Remember to bring along a water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat if needed.

Please contact Kaitlyn at grasslandheritage@gmail.com if you have any questions! 

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PO Box 394, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201

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