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 we will be planting hundreds of native plants and grasses, collecting seed from the nearby Ivan Boyd Prairie, and removing 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!

If you plan to attend any of the workdays at Black Jack this fall, 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.

See below for descriptions for the events that we will be hosting in the late summer and fall.

Seed Collecting Workdays

We will be hosting a total of four seed collecting workdays from August though October. The seed that we collect at these events will be used in our prairie planting and restoration efforts at Black Jack.

We will meet at Back Jack Battlefield and Nature Park but we will collect seed from the neighboring Ivan Boyd Prairie. Ivan Boyd Prairie is a highly-diverse, remnant prairie site and is a beautiful place to learn how to collect native seed. These events are open to folks of all ages and experience, and are especially family-friendly. Prairie experts will lead you through the event and answer any questions you may have. Seed collecting is one of the best ways to learn about our native plants while enjoying all that the prairie has to offer!

Save your paper bags! We use paper bags to store and sort our collected seed, and we could always use a few more. Paper bag donations are appreciated (nearly any size is helpful and bags with handles are great).

Prairie Restoration Workdays

If you are interested in learning about prairie restoration and how we support our existing prairies, these workdays are for you! This fall, 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. No experience needed- prairie experts will be there to guide you and answer any questions that you may have.

Wildflower Planting Event

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 fall and we need your help to do it. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the fall weather, get your hands in the soil, and help us add diversity to our prairie planting at Black Jack.

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.

Fall Volunteer Dates

Seed Collection

Saturday, August 14, 2021-  6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Saturday, August 28, 2021- 8 am- 10 am

Tuesday, September 14, 2021- 6 pm- 8 pm

Saturday, October 16, 2021- 10 am- 12 pm

 

Prairie Restoration

Thursday, September 23, 2021- 6 pm-8 pm

Saturday, October 30, 2021- 1 pm- 4 pm

 

Wildflower Planting Event

Saturday, October 9, 2021- 1 pm- 4 pm

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 fall events, please contact Kaitlyn at grasslandheritage@gmail.com.