Prairie Park Prairie Education and Restoration Project
Join Grassland Heritage Foundation and Native Lands LLC, in partnership with Lawrence Parks and Recreation, this fall for unique opportunities to learn about our native prairie landscape! We will be embarking on a new prairie reconstruction project in the heart of Lawrence that focuses in on why and how we can protect our prairie spaces. We are excited to foster an educational space that benefits our entire community, from students to trail users to insects and wildlife.
See below for an overview of the project and descriptions of our upcoming events!
Prairie Park is located at 2811 Kensington Road, Lawrence, KS, 66046.
This park is a city park and is adjacent to Prairie Park Nature Center and Preserve, just south of Prairie Park Elementary School.
Map of the Project Site
Grassland Heritage Foundation and Native Lands LLC, in partnership with Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, will be leading a new, two-year prairie education and restoration project in Lawrence, KS. We will be reviving a five acre piece of park land by removing trees and invasive plants and re-establishing native prairie plants, engaging our community and volunteers at every step along the way. This project has been generously funded by a grant from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council.
Our Prairie Park project will feature:
Volunteer workdays and community education events
Internships for Haskell Indian Nations University students
Field trips for local students
The development of an online course for Kansas educators through the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education
Seed Cleaning Party
Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 2 pm to 4 pm
At the Armitage Education Center at the KU Field Station
350 Wild Horse Rd, Lawrence, KS 66044
Join GHF, Native Lands, and the Kansas Biological Survey and Center for Ecological Research for an afternoon indoors for seed cleaning at the Armitage Education Center at the KU Field Station. Come learn about the next step of the process of native seed collection! Following collection, native seeds need to be broken apart and separated from stems and other chaff to be most efficiently used in plantings and restoration work. We need your help to grind, break apart, and sift all of the seeds that we collected this past fall. The seeds that we'll be cleaning were collected at our collection event at the KU Field Station, plus seeds that were collected at GHF's seed collection events and more.
Folks of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us. No prior experience is necessary- seed experts will be available to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have! Please RSVP for this event using the button below:
RSVPs help us get an accurate count of how may folks plan to attend. We will be sending an email reminder a few days before the event. Even though the event will be indoors, we may have to reschedule due to adverse road conditions. We will contact you at the email you provide in case we need to reschedule the event.
Notice of Prescribed Burn
Native Lands, Grassland Heritage Foundation, and the City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will be conducting prescribed burns at Prairie Park and Prairie Park Nature Center between December 15th and 20th, weather permitting.
Trained staff will be burning these fields to help manage grassland at the park sites. Fire is an essential component to the health of the prairie ecosystem. By restoring fire to a landscape, we can knock back trees and other woody species, provide better access for the control of non-native species, and open up space to restore native wildflowers and grasses to the site. Native Lands has a burn permit from the City of Lawrence Fire Department for these burns.
Note: Children, the elderly, and people with existing health conditions such as heart or lung disease may be vulnerable to smoke related health issues. Take precautions during our proposed burn period to limit smoke entering your home. In deciding when to burn, the Burn Supervisor will be taking into account both fire control and weather conditions that will minimize the smoke’s effect on you and your family.
For more information about health and smoke, see this information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment: https://keap.kdhe.state.ks.us/Ephtm/PortalPages/ContentData?CID=123.
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.