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!

Seed Cleaning Party
January 22, 2022
10 AM to 1 PM

We need your help to clean all of the native prairie seed that volunteers collected at Ivan Boyd Prairie this fall. We'll walk you through the seed cleaning process and show you the best ways to separate the seeds from the rest of the plant material. No experience required! This is a great opportunity to learn about the entire seed collection process as we prepare the seed for use in restoration.

 

All of the seed that we clean will be used to help boost diversity in our remnant prairie site at Black Jack Battlefield.

This event will be held at Johnson County Parks and Recreation's Seed Barn, known as the Bloch Barn. The barn is located at the 143rd St Trailhead of the Kill Creek Streamway Trail- please click here for the exact location. This is a heated space which will allow us to host the event rain or shine, barring any sever winter weather. 

Masks will be required while indoors and around others. The space is large enough that we will have plenty of room to spread out and have individual cleaning spaces. 

We will provide all necessary tools and supplies, but if you have your own pair of leather or gardening gloves that you would like to use feel free to bring them along!

RSVP is requested. Please complete the form linked below to RSVP. We will send you an email a couple days before to remind you of the event! Bring a friend and enjoy this relaxing winter activity- we are excited to see you there!

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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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Bird Walk and Prairie Seeding
February 5, 2022
9 AM to 11 AM

Join GHF, Native Lands LLC, Jayhawk Audubon Society, and Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park at Black Jack Battlefield for a great morning outdoors! This event will be held on Saturday, February 5th from 9 am to 11 am.

The bird walk will be led by Roger Boyd, Emeritus Professor of Biology, Baker University and Field trip chair for Jayhawk Audubon Society. We will meet in the parking lot at the park and walk several of the trails expecting to return to the parking lot by 10:00 am.  After the walk, we invite you all into the prairie to help us disperse native prairie seed that was collected and cleaned by volunteers.

Masks will be required, especially as we gather as a group at the beginning of the event.

We will notify you via the email you sign up with if we need to reschedule the event due to weather.

Please come prepared for working and exploring the outdoors, including wearing warm layers and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Also, don't forget to bring along a pair of binoculars if you have them! If you plan to attend the seeding, feel free to bring along your own work gloves. We will have extra gloves on hand if you need it.

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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.