Learn to Plant a “Pocket Prairie”

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Sunday May 15

4:00 PM  –  6:00 PM

Preregistration required for this program designed for adults. 

If you have space and full sun, you can learn to create your own native wildflower-filled, pollinator friendly, pocket-sized prairie in your own yard. We’ll walk you through the steps by visiting our recently planted pocket prairies. 

This class is designed for people with a plot to plant that’s at least 36 square feet, sunny, and well-drained, but can be translated into much larger spaces. Pocket prairies are wilder in appearance (vs. a tended flowerbed) but can be contained appropriately for community-minded yards. 

In this class we will cover 

  • What it means to have intentionally wild native plants and why it's important
  • Discussion of native seed banks and pesky invasives
  • How to use a pocket prairie to reduce lawn maintenance while turning your yard into a beautiful haven for wildlife
  • How to prepare your space for an upcoming planting 
  • Planting a plot using seed and plug
  • Pocket prairie maintenance and tips for success 
  • How to stay on good terms with your neighbors and have native plants
  • Our plans to offer pre-ordered Pocket Prairie Kits for the fall  

What to expect:

  • This class will take place entirely outside.
  • The total distance covered will be approximately 0.75 mile.
  • Come prepared for hands on planting. 

Registered program participants should park along Groesbeck Drive in parking slots which are in view of Abner Hollow Cabin. Please meet at Abner Hollow Cabin.

About the instructor: 

Carolyn Ramseur is our Conservation Apprentice here at the Nature Center. She has a B.S. in Ecology and Biodiversity and is focused on bringing ecosystems back into our urban communities. With a years' experience as an Assistant Land Steward, she's been collecting knowledge on invasive species management, prairie restoration, and native natural areas. Combined with a wide-ranging background from stream biodiversity studies to teaching and singing classical music, her goal is to combine culturally relevant outreach with natural sciences to help every person find new skills and ways to improve the health of our local ecosystems.  

Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

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