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Prairie Park Prairie Education and Restoration Project

Join Grassland Heritage Foundation and Native Lands Restoration Collaborative, in partnership with Lawrence Parks and Recreation, for unique opportunities to learn about our native prairie landscape! We are embarking on a new prairie reconstruction project in the heart of Lawrence that focuses 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 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.

Project Overview

Map of the Project Site

Grassland Heritage Foundation and Native Lands Restoration Collaborative, in partnership with Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Haskell Indian Nations University, and Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, is leading a new, two-year prairie education and restoration project in Lawrence, KS. We are reviving a five acre piece of parkland 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

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Upcoming Events
Prairie Education and Restoration Volunteer Workdays at Prairie Park

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 the process of removing invasive trees and plants from the site, as well as sharing the importance of protecting our native plants. We need your help to clear away trees and other woody plants that outcompete our native prairie species. No experience needed - we will be there to guide you and answer any questions that you may have.

 

See below for a list of the volunteer restoration workdays we have planned for the fall:

  • Saturday, August 26, 2023 - 9 am to 12 pm

  • Thursday, September 07, 2023 - 5 pm to 7 pm

  • Tuesday, October 03, 2023-  5 pm to 7 pm

If you plan to attend any of the workdays at Prairie Park this fall, please RSVP using the following form: 

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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. The park has restrooms, a large, shaded park shelter, and a playground.

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.
Seed Collection to Benefit Prairie Park
Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 1 pm to 5 pm

Join Grassland Heritage Foundation and Native Lands Restoration Collaborative for a fun afternoon collecting prairie seeds at Blazing Star Prairie!  Enjoy the prairie while learning how to collect native seed and identify some common prairie plants. No experience needed and all ages are welcome.  Please RSVP for this event to receive detailed instructions on how to reach Blazing Star Prairie.  

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. We will contact you at the email you provide in case we need to reschedule the event due to weather.

Please make sure that you come prepared for working outdoors. This includes bringing a water bottle, snacks, bug spray, sun block, and a hat. Be sure to wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes. We will be providing all necessary tools and gloves, but feel free to bring your own if you are more comfortable.

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Notice of Prescribed Burn
Native Lands Restoration Collaborative, Grassland Heritage Foundation, and the City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department conducted prescribed burns at Prairie Park and Prairie Park Nature enter in early 2023.

 

Trained staff burn 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 obtains 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.

 

If you have questions about the burn permit you may either email Native Lands or Grassland Heritage Foundation or see https://lawrenceks.org/fire-medical/burn-permits/.

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For any questions about upcoming events or about the project, please send an email to GHF at grasslandheritage@gmail.com.

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.

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