The community is invited to Dordt University’s first prairie walk of the year on Thursday, July 30, from 7–8 p.m. The free guided walk will begin at the northwest corner of the Dordt Soccer Field. Handouts with color photos will be provided to showcase prominent prairie plants and birds.
“People come to prairie walks to learn about the wildflowers they see along the bike trail. They’ll find out how to get a prairie started (even a small patch in their yard), meet others who appreciate prairies, and get some ideas about how to manage the prairie they already have,” says Dr. Robb De Haan, professor of environmental studies at Dordt.
Dordt professors guiding the prairie walk will answer questions like:
- How do you get a prairie started?
- What is flowering this month?
- What bird species are nesting in the prairie?
- Why was some of the prairie not burned or mowed this spring?
- Which prairie flowers would grow well in a home garden?
- How do you control weeds in a prairie?
“The Dordt University prairie is really beautiful in July, and is a great example of a diverse and successful prairie planting. Everyone is welcome to come and explore the prairie,” says De Haan.
For more information, contact De Haan at 722-6220 or Robert.DeHaan@dordt.edu.