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Prairie walk at Dordt College Wednesday

September 10, 2010

What are those tall plants out in the Dordt College Prairie this fall? Are they supposed to be there? How about those flowers with yellow centers and purple margins: What are they?

If you’re curious about the ongoing prairie project at Dordt College, Dr. Robb De Haan and others will be leading a Prairie Walk on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Prairie walkers should meet in the parking lot behind Dordt's Campus Center, and have footwear appropriate for trekking through the prairie adjoining the Sioux Center bike trail.

In case of rain, meet in the science building lecture hall 108 for an illustrated talk about the prairie and its progress.

The college is restoring 20 acres of tall grass prairie along the bike trail. Northwest Iowa was covered by tall grass prairie back in the 1800s, but 99.9 percent of the tall grass prairie in Iowa has been converted to another use, making it one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth. Restoration projects like Dordt’s prairie preserve a diverse mix of 150-200 species of wildflowers and grasses that God has created and help us learn to appreciate their beauty.

The prairie also provides habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, giving them a home and giving us a chance to enjoy them as well.
This Prairie Walk is being held in conjunction with Iowa Prairie Heritage Week, Sept. 12-18. For more information, contact Robb De Haan at 722-6220.

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