Black Jack Battlefield Prairie Restoration Project

Join Grassland Heritage Foundation, Native Lands LLC, Jayhawk Audubon Society and Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park in a prairie restoration project at this National Historic Landmark just outside of Baldwin City, KS. We have been working hard for the past year and are excited to welcome volunteers back to the site to continue our restoration work. This fall planted hundreds of native plants and grasses, collected seed from the nearby Ivan Boyd Prairie, and removed invasive and woody species from our prairie sites. This project is a great opportunity to join a wonderful volunteer community and help protect and restore our local ecosystems!

See below for a list of the upcoming events for this project!

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Spring 2022 Events

Earth Day Wildflower Planting Event

Saturday April 23, 2022- 1 pm to 4 pm

Join us for an afternoon of planting, planting, and more planting! We have lots of plants that we want to get into the ground this spring as we wrap up our prairie restoration project and we need your help to do it. This a great opportunity to enjoy the spring weather, get your hands in the soil, and help us add diversity to our prairie planting at Black Jack. Great for all ages and abilities!

 

Prairie Restoration Workdays

Friday, May 20th, 2022- 5 pm to 7 pm

**Due to the high chance for rain, our Prairie Restoration Workday originally scheduled for Thursday 5/5, has been POSTPONED to Friday 5/20 from 5 pm to 7 pm. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you at the rescheduled date!**

Saturday, May 28, 2022- 9 am to 12 pm

Volunteer Appreciation and Project Wrap-up Workday- Saturday, June 11, 2022- 10 am to 1 pm

If you are interested in learning about prairie restoration and how we support our existing prairies, these workdays are for you! This spring, we will be continuing to remove invasive and other woody plants from the prairie sites at Black Jack. We need your help to clear away trees and other woody plants that outcompete our native prairie species. We'll also be planting in lots of wildflowers and grasses. No experience needed- prairie experts will be there to guide you and answer any questions that you may have.

 

If you plan to attend any of the workdays at Black Jack this spring, please RSVP using the button below:

 

We will be sending email reminders before each workday and will contact you at the email you provide if we need to reschedule the event due to weather or other circumstances.

Thank you so much for your support and we are excited to see you out at Black Jack Battlefield!

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

 

For all workdays, 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. All tools and gloves needed will be provided, but you are welcome to bring along your own.

If you have any questions about the Black Jack project or about our events, please contact Kaitlyn at grasslandheritage@gmail.com.

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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.